Through a ballot initiative in 2009, the state had a regulated medical marijuana retail system in which eight dispensaries received approval to operate. Currently, the state is not open to new medical marijuana business applications.
In 2016, Maine voters approved the legalization of recreational cannabis. The regulations of this measure have provisions for:
The Maine's Office of Marijuana Policy will oversee the program and will begin accepting lab testing applications on November 18, and will start taking cultivation, manufacturing and retail applications on December 5 for an undetermined time.
Applications can be accessed on the Office of Marijuana Policy website.
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To get ahead and be prepared for when the state will start licensing marijuana businesses, you should:
The state allows potential business owners to open a marijuana retail stores in Maine. Whether this is possible or not will hinge entirely on the city and/or county of choice, as the state allows the local municipalities to ban or place moratoriums on whether to license marijuana retailers for operation or not.
Same as Retail Store steps, the only difference is that you will be contracting with retail stores and/or edible/extraction/infused products manufacturers to grow marijuana for them.
Same as Retail Store steps, the only difference is that you will be contracting with retail stores to provide your products to customers as well as contract with cultivators to grow marijuana for you, if you don't want to do it yourself.