Maine on Track to Launch Recreational Cannabis Market This Year, Says State's Marijuana Czar
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Maine on Track to Launch Recreational Cannabis Market This Year, Says State's Marijuana Czar

Residents can now grow cannabis for recreational use at home, but still have no way to legally buy or sell it.

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A consultant was expected to submit a first draft of proposed adult-use marijuana rules to the state Office of Marijuana Policy April 11, putting Maine back on track to open its recreational market by year’s end, state officials say.

“We are working incredibly hard to get this thing rolled out,” said Erik Gundersen, director of the new Office of Marijuana Policy, on April 10. “There are people in my office that are working, no lie, seven days a week to make sure we can get this adult-use industry rolled out in 2019.”

The Colorado consulting firm Freedman & Koski was tapped in February to write rules governing how Maine will license and regulate its adult-use market. The regulations will codify the legislative rewrite of a 2016 legalization referendum and flesh out areas that lawmakers left to rulemaking.

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