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:
However, the implementation of recreational use has been continuously delayed by Governor LePage. In fact, the anti-cannabis Governor has vetoed two separate recreational marijuana implementation bills. But in May 2018, the Maine legislature overturned the Governor’s second veto of laws intended to implement the Marijuana Legalization Act, approving the next steps towards the availability of adult use marijuana in retail stores.
Now that the bill has passed, the state Department of Administrative and Financial Services must hire a consultant to help the state write more regulatory rules. Regulations are unlikely to be reviewed or approved until at least January 2019. So you cannot apply for a recreational business license right now, however, there’s a lot to do to prepare - see below for details.
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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.