Maine was one particular of 4 states to vote to legalize cannabis for adult use in the course of the 2016 election, with the other individuals getting California, Massachusetts, and Nevada. Out of the cannabis legalization class of 2016, Maine is the only one particular that has but to launch regulated adult-use cannabis sales.
In truth, Maine is so far behind schedule that a state that legalized cannabis two years later than Maine launched regulated adult-use cannabis sales prior to Maine. Michigan, which voted to legalize cannabis in 2018, launched legal adult-use sales earlier this month.
Illinois is set to launch adult-use cannabis sales early subsequent year, regardless of getting legalized cannabis for adult-use properly following Maine did. The cannabis market in Maine will pass a massive milestone this week when the state of Maine starts accepting cannabis small business applications for its adult-use market. Per Press Herald:
The Maine Workplace of Marijuana Policy will publish applications for state provisional licenses to develop adult-use cannabis, sell it and manufacture items produced from it to its web site Thursday, kicking off a monthslong state critique of these vying to develop into pioneers in Maine’s recreational industry.
There’s a lot on the line. Maine’s recreational cannabis industry is probably to major $158 million in sales its initially year and just about $252 million in its second, according to market analysts. Pioneers will profit from the wave of Maine’s initially sales, establish their hold on the industry and develop industry and customer loyalty.
Maine nevertheless has a techniques to go prior to the initially legal adult-use cannabis obtain is produced, nevertheless, the launch of the application procedure is nevertheless a massive deal. Right after all, companies can not start out promoting adult-use cannabis in Maine till they have a license. Maine also calls for regional licenses, and some communities in Maine have pre-banned adult-use cannabis commerce.
Gradually but certainly Maine is moving in the ideal path. It has been a quite frustrating procedure, nevertheless, there is lastly light at the finish of the tunnel.