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Portland Officials Propose Marijuana Retail Licensing Rules

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In this Dec. 13, 2017, file photo, James MacWilliams prunes a marijuana plant that he is growing indoors in Portland, Maine.

PORTLAND, Maine - Officials in Maine's largest city are proposing licensing regulations for recreational and medical marijuana businesses.The Portland Press Herald reports the proposed rules include a cap of 20 recreational marijuana retail locations citywide, a $10,000 annual license fee and a ban on any mobile or delivery services.

The proposed annual license fee for a small-scale caregiver is $250. They could still deliver marijuana to patients.

Gov. Janet Mills signed rules in June detailing how much recreational marijuana can be bought, sold or grown.

City staff have said they're trying to bridge the gap between the state's extensive recreational use laws and the less comprehensive medical use regulations.

City council committees were scheduled to review the proposed rules Tuesday.

Voters approved legalizing recreational marijuana nearly three years ago.