recreational marijuana

After 4-Year Delay, Maine Retail Pot Sales To Begin In October

Aug 14, 2020
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The retail sale of recreational marijuana to consumers age 21 or older will start on Oct. 9, with the state issuing licenses to recreational cannabis businesses on Sept. 8, officials said Friday.

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The Portland City Council has approved a local marijuana ordinance that gives an advantage to Maine residents as it issues retail licenses based on a point system.

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Four years ago, Maine voters approved a ballot initiative legalizing recreational marijuana. Yet, there are still no marijuana retailers in the state. The industry's roll-out since since 2016 has been impeded by a number of legislative and regulatory twists and turns, including a gubernatorial veto.  But few, if any, in this emerging sector anticipated the latest obstacle.

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Maine officials have deemed dozens of applications to run marijuana businesses to be complete, a major step on the way to the first legal sales of the drug for recreational adult use.

PORTLAND, Maine - Maine's largest city will be behind other communities in the state when legal marijuana sales begin this year.

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The state Marijuana Advisory Commission was told Thursday that by the end of this year, the state will start accepting online applications for retail licenses for sellers of marijuana intended for adult recreational use.

The number of cities and towns opting in to legalized marijuana is slowly growing in Maine as the state gets closer to accepting applications for licenses.

CONCORD, N.H. - The push to legalize recreational use of marijuana has suffered a setback in New Hampshire.