Recreational Pot Sales Double in Maine

Recreational Pot Sales Double in Maine
High Times

Adult-use cannabis sales soared last year in Maine, nearly doubling the total for 2021. The local news outlet Masthead Maine, citing data that was released by the Maine Office of Cannabis Policy, reports that the “state’s licensed adult-use retailers reported nearly 2.5 million sale transactions, totaling $158.9 million [in 2022],” which was up from the $82 million of sales generated the year prior. “(The growth) reflects the significant economic impact that legal cannabis continues to have in the communities that have opted into the system,” said John Hudak, the director of the state’s Office of Cannabis Policy, as quoted by Masthead Maine. “The system is creating jobs, helping revitalize communities, and having a positive economic impact on businesses that help the industry function.” Maine voters approved a proposal legalizing recreational cannabis use for adults in 2016, but the law took years to finally materialize.  That is because former Maine Gov. Paul LePage, a Republican, repeatedly stood in the way of the law’s implementation.  But voters there elected a new governor in 2018, the Democrat Janet Mills, who immediately went to work in upholding the will of the people and getting the new marijuana law up and running. In the summer of 2019, Mills signed a bill that made changes to and enacted the new cannabis law.  “Over the course of the last several months, my Administration has worked quickly to implement the law regarding Maine’s adult-use recreational marijuana market as Maine voters asked the state to do two and a half years ago,” Mills said at the time. “The rule development demonstrates what can be accomplished when state government works with lawmakers, industry stakeholders, and the public to accomplish a shared goal. With this law, we are one step closer to honoring the will of Maine voters.” The governor’s office…

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