Maine Issues First Round of Conditional Adult-Use Cannabis Licenses
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Maine Issues First Round of Conditional Adult-Use Cannabis Licenses

The Office of Marijuana Policy has given provisional approval to 31 businesses for cultivation, manufacturing and retail operations.

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March 16, 2020

Maine has issued its first round of conditional adult-use cannabis licenses to 31 businesses for cultivation, manufacturing and retail operations, according to a Portland Press Herald report.

The Office of Marijuana Policy granted provisional approval March 13 to one nursery, 10 cultivation operations, four manufacturing facilities and 16 dispensaries, the news outlet reported.

More than 200 applications have been submitted for adult-use cannabis licenses since Maine opened its licensing process in December, according to the Portland Press Herald.

Applicants granted conditional licenses must now obtain local authorization before they can receive a final active license from the state, according to the Portland Press Herald. Maine will not issue these final licenses until an adult-use cannabis testing lab is licensed and operational in the state, the news outlet reported; four labs are currently considering participation in the market, while only one is close to being fully licensed.

Maine voters approved adult-use cannabis legalization in November 2016. The state plans to launch its adult-use cannabis market sometime this spring, according to the Portland Press Herald.