Maine Finally Approves First Marijuana Business Licenses Weeks Before Legal Sales Launch

Maine Finally Approves First Marijuana Business Licenses Weeks Before Legal Sales Launch

Maine’s marijuana regulatory body announced on Tuesday that it has finally issued the state’s first round of cannabis business licenses, with weeks until retails sales are set to launch. This development comes nearly four years after voters approved a legalization ballot measure—a significant delay in implementation compared to California, Massachusetts and Nevada, which also legalized for adult-use on the same day in 2016. The state’s Office of Marijuana Policy (OMP) first announced last month that sales would be launching soon. While licensed retailers won’t be able to sell cannabis products to consumers until October 9, the new licensees will be able to cultivate and process marijuana as soon as possible to ensure a smooth rollout. Retailers are also expected to develop public safety policies to prevent transmission of coronavirus. “Maine will have the unique distinction of being the only state to launch its adult use marijuana program during a pandemic,” OMP Director Erik Gundersen said in a press release. “Public health and safety are themes that have been part of the Office of Marijuana Policy’s mission statement since day one. Accordingly, our highest priority remains the wellbeing of this new industry’s employees and consumers.” Earlier today, OMP issued the very first active licenses for Maine’s adult use marijuana program. Press release: https://t.co/LLlrQyDHESAdult use transparency dashboard: https://t.co/AwIf1FHHSh pic.twitter.com/G3zR4hgPoz — Maine Office of Marijuana Policy (@MaineOMP) September 8, 2020 OMP said it has approved licenses for three cultivators, two cannabis shops and one testing facility. Regulators are actively in the process of…

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