Maine is still months away from launching adult-use cannabis sales, although regulators expect stores to start opening later this spring, once the state has an adult-use cannabis testing lab, according to a local WGME report.
The Office of Marijuana Policy has received 93 license applications for adult-use dispensaries, the news outlet reported, and roughly 80 of them are being considered for a conditional license.
However, cannabis must be tested before it is sold to the adult-use market, and although the state has six operational testing facilities for the medical cannabis market, it has not yet licensed any adult-use testing labs, WGME reported.
“At least four of [the medical testing labs] have expressed interest in moving into the adult use space,” David Heidrich, director of engagement and community outreach for the Office of Marijuana Policy, told the news outlet. “But today there are none.”
Regulators are currently processing one adult-use cannabis testing application, submitted by Kennebunk’s Nelson Analytical, but the application has not been officially approved, WGME reported.