Maine Lawmakers Override Governor’s Veto, Approve Sweeping MMJ Expansions

Maine lawmakers overwhelmingly approved a medical cannabis reform bill on Monday in a sweeping override of Republican Gov. Paul LePage’s veto, the Press Herald reports. The reforms will ease access to the program by allowing doctors to make cannabis recommendations for any condition that they think it might help, establishing six new medical cannabis dispensaries, permitting […]

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Maine Legislature Completes Adult-Use and MMJ Regulations

Maine legislators passed a bill on Tuesday with sweeping reforms for medical and adult-use cannabis laws in the state, the Press Herald reports. The bill is primarily focused on reforming Maine’s medical marijuana “caregiver” system — if passed, the bill would close some loopholes, give caregivers more freedom with their business, and give municipalities the ability […]

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Proposal Would Give Maine Municipalities Power to Ban Cannabis Retailers

On Friday, Maine state Sen. Roger Katz (R-Augusta) proposed an amendment to a pending medical marijuana reform bill that would require all caregivers to acquire municipal approval to operate a storefront, the Portland Press Herald reports. The amendment is designed to patch a loophole between the adult-use bill passed into law in May and the state’s longer-standing medical […]

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Maine Lawmakers Override Gov. Veto of Adult-Use Implementation Bill

Maine lawmakers have overridden Gov. Paul LePage’s veto of the recreational cannabis implementation bill, setting the stage for sales to begin in early 2019, the Bangor Daily News reports. The House voted 109-39 while the Senate voted 28-6 to override the veto. The re-written law is opposed by Legalize Maine. The measure makes significant changes […]

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Maine Gov. Again Vetoes Rec. Cannabis Implementation Bill

Maine Gov. Paul LePage has, again, vetoed legislation to implement regulations for the state’s voter-approved cannabis legalization regime. In his veto message, LePage cites federal law, the “failings” of the state’s medical cannabis program, and his desire to see the medical and recreational markets merged. “As I have stated previously, a concurrent medical program with […]

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Maine Legislature Approves MMJ Expansion; Gov. Veto Expected

The Maine Senate has joined the House in passing legislation to expand the state’s medical cannabis program by increasing the number of dispensaries; allowing caregivers to serve more patients, hire employees, and run storefronts without fear of legal crackdown; and allowing more people to qualify for a medical cannabis card, the Portland Press Herald reports. […]

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Maine Gov. Plans to Veto Rec. Cannabis Implementation Bill

Maine Gov. Paul LePage plans to veto the legislature-approved recreational cannabis implementation bill, the Portland Press Herald reports. However, the measure passed both the House and Senate with a veto-proof majority, so unless lawmakers change their vote LePage’s veto won’t force the Legislature to, again, rewrite the bill. LePage opposes two regulatory structures. According to […]

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Maine Senate Passes Adult-Use Cannabis Bill with Veto-Proof Majority

Maine’s Senate has passed the bill to implement the voter-approved recreational cannabis laws 24-10, making it veto-proof from Gov. Paul LePage, the Portland Press Herald reports. A final legislative review of the measure is still required before it heads to LePage but barring any issues the first recreational licenses will be issued in spring of […]

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Maine House Passes Cannabis Implementation Bill; Senate Could Vote Today

Maine’s House has passed a bill that would see the state’s first recreational cannabis licenses issued in spring 2019, the Portland Press Herald reports. The measure passed 112-34, which gives it a vote-cushion from a potential veto by Republican Gov. Paul LePage. What’s in the bill: Recreational retailers would be allowed to purchase product from […]

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Maine Committee Votes to Strike Cannabis Social Club Language from Implementation Bill

The Maine committee tasked with implementing the state’s voter-approved recreational cannabis law voted 10-4 to remove all references to social use licensing from the legislature’s proposed regulations for the program, the Portland Press-Herald reports. The vote is not binding; however, a final committee vote on the proposals will be held tomorrow. Social-use clubs were included in […]

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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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