Maine Cannabis Regulator Unveils New Medical Marijuana Applications

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Applications for medical marijuana dispensaries available for the first time since 2010, caregiver applications added to Office of Marijuana Policy’s electronic offerings. AUGUSTA – Today, the Office of Marijuana Policy announced the introduction of new applications intended to assist business owners operating within the State of Maine’s Medical Use of Marijuana Program. The two-part effort sees the addition of existing medical marijuana caregiver applications to the state’s online licensing system while simultaneously introducing a brand-new application for individuals and businesses seeking to operate medical marijuana dispensaries in Maine. The introduction of dispensary applications in Maine represents the first time in more than 11 years that this category of business registrations has been publicly available. As a result of a law change initiated in 2018, the number of dispensaries is no longer limited to the eight registrations issued through a competitive bidding process in 2010. “Patients choosing to treat their medical conditions and symptoms with cannabis stand to benefit from the increased access to affordable medical marijuana offered by this registration type,” said Erik Gundersen, director of Maine’s Office of Marijuana Policy. “Registered caregivers, several of whom have grown their businesses to the limits allowed by current law, and newcomers alike will be well-positioned to utilize the dispensary registration to grow their businesses within Maine’s medical marijuana program.” Physical dispensary applications are available on the Office of Marijuana Policy’s website in three parts: business application, local authorization, and an inherently hazardous substances authorization. At a minimum, interested dispensary applicants must provide OMP with a completed business application, approved local authorization form, and an application fee of $5,000 for each dispensary they are seeking to operate. In addition, a completed registry identification card application and Maine Revenue Services tax clearance form must be completed and submitted for every owner and manager of…

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