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The rapid growth of the cannabis industry in Maine, and how the state is regulating adult-use and medicinal marijuana

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The director of Maine’s Office of Cannabis Policy discusses the rapidly growing cannabis industry. In 2021, gross sales of recreational cannabis reached about $82 million. We will discuss the economic impact of this explosive growth, and hear about a state report that finds that the legal cannabis market has reduced illicit sales. We’ll also learn about developments in the supply and demand of medical marijuana.

Panelists:
Erik Gundersen, director, Maine Office of Cannabis Policy within the Department of Administrative and Financial Services.

VIP Callers:
Michael Sofis, senior scientist, Advocates for Human Potential
Hannah King, partner, Dentons law firm; specializing in cannabis law
Alysia Melnick, attorney, Bernstein Shur; representing the Maine Craft Cannabis Association; served as political director for the 2016 citizens' initiative that made cannabis legal for all adults 21 and over; member of Maine’s Marijuana Advisory Commission
John F. Kilbride, chief, Falmouth Police Department; chair, Law Enforcement Cannabis Working Group

For the listening tour: https://www.maine.gov/dafs/ocp/news-events/news/statewide-cannabis-community-listening-tour-travel-maine

Maine Cannabis Program Report: https://www.maine.gov/dafs/ocp/news-events/news/maine-office-cannabis-policy-report-cannabis-program-shows-success-launch

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Jonathan was born in Monsey, New York. A field trip to Washington, DC when he was in 7th grade started him on his circuitous path to a career in public radio. The trip inspired a love of politics and led to his desire to one day call DC home. After graduating from Grinnell College, he worked on a couple of campaigns in Iowa (presidential and congressional) and moved to Washington, DC.