By Patrick Whittle, Connected Press
(AP) — Maine marijuana enthusiasts will almost certainly be capable to obtain their preferred solutions in retail retailers by March 2020 immediately after years of waiting.
Voters authorized legal adult-use marijuana at the polls in November 2016, and the road to legal sales has been lengthy and bumpy.
But a important act passed by the Legislature is now in impact, and that signifies the Maine Workplace of Marijuana Policy is in a position to full final adoption of marijuana guidelines, mentioned David Heidrich, an workplace spokesman.
The act created tweaks to Maine’s Marijuana Legalization Act that had been vital for the marijuana workplace to adopt the guidelines, which it is anticipated to do inside two months. That signifies it will most likely be capable to accept applications for retail marijuana sales by the finish of 2019, Heidrich mentioned.
The state will want time to method the applications, and retailers will also want neighborhood approvals, but the state is projecting income from marijuana sales by March 15, Heidrich mentioned. How swiftly the applications are authorized may well rely on how full they are, he mentioned.
“We will not know till we get applications. It is doable we get applications from an individual who has all their ducks in a row and has a municipality lined up that is poised to give them neighborhood authorization,” Heidrich mentioned.
Maine’s rollout of legal marijuana has been beset with hiccups, such as a squabble more than the hiring of a important consultant, and was also slowed by former Gov. Paul LePage’s opposition to legalization.
Even so, the outcome has been a method that will in the end safeguard public well being and security, mentioned Scott Gagnon, who led a drive against legalization and has considering that played a part on a state marijuana commission.
“From a public well being viewpoint it has been a slower pace, a a lot more deliberative pace than has occurred in some states,” Gagnon mentioned. “I feel that is been superior.”
David Boyer, an independent marijuana market consultant in Maine, mentioned that it is “disappointing that adults nonetheless do not have a location to obtain legal cannabis in Maine,” but that the finish line is in sight.
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