Maine Cannabis Laws

Medical & Recreational Marijuana

Companies must be licensed by the state, as well as the local agencies (city and county) to grow, test, or sell cannabis within each jurisdiction. Cities and counties can choose whether to license none or some business types (dispensary, cultivation, manufacturing, processing, transportation, etc.) Exporting marijuana to other states is currently illegal under state and federal laws.

On the state side, the Office of Marijuana Policy under the Department of Administrative and Financial Services is responsible for issuing marijuana business licenses.

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CBD & Hemp

Maine has some of the most progressive laws and regulations for hemp and CBD products and companies. Consumers can enjoy an array of CBD products in multiple formats, including CBD infused into food and beverages.

The Plant Health division within Maine’s Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry( DACF) regulates the cultivation of hemp and issues licenses to growers, while the division of Quality Assurance and Regulations (QAR) regulates processed foods and beverages containing hemp or CBD. However, the county and city where the business will be located may determine whether you can open and operate a CBD or hemp business within their borders or not. You’ll need to look up and verify those details yourself or with our help via a Starter Package

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