Maine state officials mentioned they are poised to start accepting adult-use marijuana license applications ahead of the finish of the year and anticipate clients will have the capability to obtain items in retail shops by March.
There are no statewide license caps, but municipalities can limit or ban recreational marijuana in their jurisdictions – and most have.
Voters authorized legal adult-use marijuana in the state in November 2016.
Having said that, the road to legal sales has been extended and bumpy.
But state officials say they are on track to meet the previously announced spring 2020 target.
A essential act passed by the state Legislature is now in impact.
That suggests the Maine Workplace of Marijuana Policy is in a position to total final adoption of cannabis sector guidelines inside the subsequent couple of months, mentioned David Heidrich, an agency spokesman.
The state then probably can accept applications for retail marijuana sales by the finish of 2019, Heidrich mentioned.
Maine will want time to approach the applications, and retailers also will want nearby approvals, but the state is projecting income from marijuana sales by March 15, Heidrich mentioned.
How swiftly the applications are authorized may well rely on how total they are, he added.
Maine’s rollout of legal marijuana has been beset with hiccups, such as a squabble more than the hiring of a essential consultant, and was also slowed by former Gov. Paul LePage’s opposition to legalization.
David Boyer, an independent marijuana sector consultant in Maine, mentioned that it is “disappointing that adults nevertheless do not have a location to obtain legal cannabis in Maine,” but that the finish line is in sight.
– Associated Press and Marijuana Organization Each day