An important piece of legislation aimed at finalizing rules and regulations to oversee the licensed production and retail sales of cannabis to adults was signed by Democratic Gov. Janet Mills late last week.
As per the terms and conditions laid down in this important piece of legislation, licenses for the commercial production and retail sales will be issued initially for a limited time (until 2021). These commercial licenses will be granted only to those who fall in the category of State Residents. The legislation further elaborates that those state residents who have been denied licenses in other states, with felony drug convictions, state employees, and active members of law enforcement will be considered ineligible to participate in the retail cannabis industry. In order to apply for a state operator's license, the qualified state residents will first have to receive local approval.
In addition to this, there are certain limitations that are imposed on commercial retailers with regards to the appearance of cannabis-infused products and the percentage of THC content. As far as the quantity is concerned, commercial retailers will only be able to sell a limited quantity (only 2.5 ounces per day) of usable cannabis and/or 5g of concentrate per day.
It should be noted that it was in November 2016 that the voters in Maine approved the legalization of cannabis sales, but for one reason or another, some state lawmakers such as former Republican Gov. Paul LePage created hurdles to delay its implementation.