Maine Gov. Janet Mills (D) signed a bill on Thursday that finally puts a timeline in place for when the legal sale of cannabis will begin in the state.
Recreational cannabis was legalized in Maine all the way back in 2016. Despite this, the legal sale of cannabis products was continuously stalled by former Gov. Paul LePage (R). But things seem to be coming around in Maine, as the state's current governor Janet Mills has signed a bill into law that could see a regulated market place go in to effect early next year.
The bill lays out a framework for Maine's regulated cannabis retail market and will go into effect this September. The Office of Marijuana Policy will then have 60 days to revise and finalize any regulations. 30 days after this the state must start accepting applications for retail licenses. If all goes well pot shops could be licensed and ready to open in Vacationland by early next year.
The new bill also makes a couple of amendments to Maine's original 2016 legalization laws. There is now a provision that will allow for the sale of cannabis-infused food and drinks. Previously, cannabis edibles would have been considered "adulterated" substances unfit for sale or consumption.
Individual municipalities will be allowed to opt in or out of allowing cannabis sales as they see fit. And in order to receive a retail cannabis license, at least 51 percent of the business must belong to a person who has resided in Maine for at least four years.