Maine’s Legal Marijuana Stores Are Effectively Displacing Illicit Market, State Report Finds

Maine’s Legal Marijuana Stores Are Effectively Displacing Illicit Market, State Report Finds
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Maine marijuana regulators say that the launch of an adult-use cannabis market in the state has already exceeded expectations when it comes to driving down illicit sales. The Office of Cannabis Policy (OCP) released a report on Monday, based on a first-ever survey of about 2,000 residents. Among its key takeaways is that providing adults with access to licensed marijuana retailers is having the desired impact of undermining the illicit market. With respect to past-month cannabis consumers, 64 percent of respondents said they obtained marijuana products from licensed retailers. OCP said that the “current illicit market has diminished more than expected,” compared to other state cannabis programs. Via OCP. “We found an estimated overall upshift in the regulated market between January of 2021 and November/December of 2021 of approximately 12 percent,” the report, conducted by Advocates for Human Potential for the state, says. “Interestingly, we found that those who prioritize their source of cannabis highly and those who are younger are more likely to use adult-use stores for their cannabis and to have shifted to adult-use stores from other sources since January of 2021.” Legal retail marijuana shops launched in Maine in October 2020, and the state has since reported significant sales. “The findings in this report point to policies and practices that promote and preserve public health and safety, while allowing legal businesses to compete,” OCP Director Erik Gundersen said in a press release. “The findings of this report serve as an excellent baseline for us to measure the continued evolution of our programs.” “We are pleased to release this report that highlights the successful launch of Maine’s adult use market,” said OCP's Erik Gundersen. “The findings in this report point to policies & practices that promote public health and safety, while allowing legal businesses to compete." https://t.co/ENE1pYQgIK —…

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