by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director
State regulators have begun accepting applications from those wishing to open licensed retail cannabis facilities.
Maine voters initially approved the legalization of adult-use cannabis sales in November 2016 by passing a statewide initiative, but lawmakers — led by former Republican Gov. Paul LePage — repeatedly took steps to delay the law’s implementation.
Applications may be submitted online to the Maine Office of Marijuana Policy. Licensed stores are anticipated to be operational by spring 2020.
As per state rules, retailers will not be permitted to sell adult-use customers more than 2.5 ounces of usable marijuana and/or five grams of concentrate in a single day. Retailers will need to first receive local approval before applying for a state operator’s license.
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