Maine Governor Puts New MMJ Rules on Hold Until May, At Least

Maine Gov. Paul LePage has agreed to delay the implementation of new medical cannabis rules that were set to take effect Feb.1, which included allowing unannounced caregiver inspections by the Department Health and Human Services, the Portland Press Herald reports. The new regime is on hold until at least May so the Legislature’s Health and […]

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Maine Regulators Move to Delay Social-Use Cannabis Provisions Until 2023

The Maine Legislature’s Marijuana Legalization Implementation Committee has voted 5-1 to delay the rollout of the social-use provisions of the voter-approved recreational cannabis bill until 2023, the Portland Press Herald reports. The move comes as lawmakers look to appease those members who don’t support measure and due to concerns over being an early adopter of […]

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Patricia Rosi: The Wellness Connection in Maine

Patricia Rosi is CEO of the Wellness Connection, a medical cannabis company operating four dispensary locations throughout Maine and which serves more than 11,000 patients. Patricia joined our podcast host TG Branfalt last month to talk about her experience at the head of one of Maine’s most progressive new companies, what the future of adult-use […]

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19 Attorney Generals Send Letter to Congress Asking for Cannabis Banking Protection Legislation

Attorney generals from 17 states, Washington, D.C., and Guam have sent a letter to members of Congress urging them to “advance legislation that would allow states that have legalized medical or recreational use of marijuana to bring that commerce into the banking system” following Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ move to rescind the Cole Memo protections. […]

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Augusta, Maine Approves 6-Month Adult-Use Moratorium

The Augusta, Maine City Council has passed a six-month moratorium on recreational cannabis sales, retroactive to Dec. 1, CentralMaine.com reports. The decision, which passed 5-3, delays adult-use sales in the state capitol until at least June 1, 2018. Proponents of the moratorium argued that the city needed more time to develop rules and regulations for […]

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Russ Hudson: Debunking Cannabis Lies through Literature

Russ Hudson is a cannabis consultant and author of the children’s book What’s That Weed?, which helps parents provide a normalized perspective of cannabis to their children, and the autobiography Weed Deeds: From Seed to Sage. Russ recently joined our podcast host TG Branfalt in his Burlington, Vermont studio for an interview that covers the inspiration behind his books, […]

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Maine’s New MMJ Rules Permit Surprise Caregiver Inspections

The Maine Department of Health and Human Services released new rules governing how the state will oversee medical cannabis caregivers in the state, allowing unannounced inspections and rolling out a plant-to-patient tracking system, the Portland Press Herald reports. The new rules, which are set to take effect on Feb. 1, drew the ire of caregivers […]

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Maine Lawmakers Fail to Override Gov. Veto of Adult-Use Regime

Maine lawmakers were unable to override the veto of the legislature-approved recreational cannabis implementation measure by Gov. Paul LePage, according to several media reports. According to a Herald Gazette report, the House voted 74-62 to override the veto, falling short of the two-thirds required; the Senate did not vote because the House did not reach […]

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Maine Gov. Vetoes Legislature’s Adult-Use Implementation Package

As expected, Maine Gov. Paul LePage has vetoed the legislature-approved adult-use cannabis implementation measure, citing the conflict of legalization with federal law, its compatibility issues with the state’s medical cannabis program, regulatory concerns, and the timeliness the regime would be rolled out. “Until I clearly understand how the federal government intends to treat states that […]

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Maine Lawmakers Pass Adult-Use Implementation Bill, Gov. Veto Expected

Maine lawmakers have passed a measure to implement the state’s voter-approved adult-use cannabis regime; however, the legislation failed to garner a two-thirds majority vote in either chamber opening it up to a veto by Gov. Paul LePage, according to several reports. The House rejected a LePage-backed proposal introduced by Republican leader Rep. Ken Fredette to […]

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Maine Author Pens Children’s Book Normalizing Cannabis

A Maine author has published an illustrated, rhyming, children’s book about cannabis titled “What’s That Weed?” attempting to normalize cannabis use by families. Russ Hudson, who also works as a cannabis industry consultant, said that he wrote the book to quell the fears of the public and help parents teach their children “the truth about marijuana.” […]

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Maine GOP Leaders Seek to Extend Adult-Use Moratorium into 2019

Republican lawmakers in Maine are attempting to push back the rollout of the adult-use regime until Jan. 2019 after already delaying the market launch three months following the referendum’s passage last November, the Portland Press Herald reports. The move is backed by House Republican Leader Ken Fredette and Gov. Paul LePage. According to the report, […]

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Maine Draft Rules Would Prohibit Smoking, Vaping at Cannabis Clubs

Draft rules for Maine’s forthcoming adult-use program do not provide an exemption to the state’s no-smoking laws, which would force so-called cannabis clubs to only permit consumption of edibles or tinctures, according to a Portland Press Herald report. The rules also wouldn’t allow club licensing until June 2019, one year after the state’s first recreational […]

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Maine Lawmakers Seek 10% Excise Tax on Retail Sales

Lawmakers in Maine are seeking to add a 10 percent excise tax on retail cannabis sales, bringing the total rate on adult-use cannabis products to 20 percent when paired with the 10 percent sales tax, according to a Sept. 11 letter from legislative leaders. The draft bill was unveiled in the letter from Sen. Roger […]

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Maine Border Patrol Will Confiscate Cannabis in Accordance with Federal Law

Maine’s top Border Patrol official said that the agency would continue seizing cannabis products despite the forthcoming voter-approved adult-use legalization program, the Portland Press Herald reports. Chief Daniel Hiebert said the Border Patrol must follow federal, not state, laws. Moreover, Hiebert indicated that Border Patrol applicants could be disqualified from employment consideration due to, not […]

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Maine Public Safety Committee Doesn’t Recommend Blood-Level Limits to Test Cannabis Impairment

A committee assembled by the Maine Department of Public Safety has determined that the state does not need to create blood-level limits to determine cannabis impairment. Rather, law enforcement officers should receive additional training to recognize impairment and the dangers of driving while under the influence of cannabis, according to a Bangor Daily News report. […]

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Maine Lawmakers Propose Doubling Adult-Use Tax Rate

Maine lawmakers have proposed raising the tax on adult-use cannabis sales to 20 percent, doubling the rate approved by voters in November, the Portland Press Herald reports. The proposal would see a 10 percent excise tax paid by the cultivator and a 10 percent sales tax added to cannabis products sold to recreational customers, which […]

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Maine Dispensary Owner Gifts Cannabis to Volunteers Who Clean City’s Trash

A dispensary owner in Maine offered cannabis to volunteers who pitched in to help clean up trash throughout the community over the weekend, according to a WUMR-9 report. Dennis Meehan, owner of Summit Medical Marijuana in Gardiner, posted the call on Facebook, which was shared hundreds of times. Meehan offered volunteers 21-and-older 2 grams of […]

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Maine Bill Would Pass Cannabis Testing Duties to Department of Agriculture

A bill that would require the Maine Department of Agriculture to test cannabis before it is sold to adults passed the House of Representatives 101-32, according to a Press Herald report. The vote follows a 17-0 vote by the special committee convened to hash out the state’s adult-use cannabis industry regulations. The measure faces further […]

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Nevada Rec. Sales Reach $3M in Four Days

Cannabis sales in Nevada are already booming, as retail sales have exceeded $3 million during the first four days, according to a Las Vegas Sun report. That equates to nearly $500,000 in state tax revenue putting the state on track to achieve $30 million over the next six months of sales, the Nevada Dispensary Association […]

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Cannabis Industry Lobbying in Maine Tops $140,000 in 4 Months

Cannabis industry clients in Maine spent more than $140,000 in lobbying fees between Dec. 1 and Mar. 31 in their efforts to influence how the voter-approved adult-use cannabis industry will be regulated in the state according to a Portland Press Herald report. So far, lawmakers have only taken up a handful of the 50 bills […]

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Maine Bills Would Allow MMJ Dispensaries to Begin Rec. Sales Before Official Start Date

Medical cannabis dispensaries and caregivers in Maine are pushing state lawmakers to allow them to open up recreational sales before those sales are set to begin next year, as was the case in both Colorado and Oregon, the Portland Press Herald reports. Supporters say allowing early sales to recreational customers could help cover the costs […]

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Marc Shepard: Preparing for Legalization in New England

Marc Shepard is an active member of NORML, MassCann, and the Patient Advocacy Alliance. He is also co-founder of the New England Cannabis Convention: an extensive and affordable cannabis industry business conference that is returning to Boston this April. In the following interview, our podcast host TG Branfalt and Marc discuss what can be expected […]

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Maine Gov. Moves Adult-Use Oversight to Alcohol & Lottery Agency via Executive Order

Maine Gov. Paul LePage has signed an executive order giving the state Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages & Lottery Operations the responsibility of governing the adult-use cannabis industry, circumventing the legislature who rejected the proposal last week in a bill that delayed the implementation of the program three months, the Bangor Daily News reports. Under the […]

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