This fall Maine’s first adult-use cannabis cultivators, manufacturers, and testing labs are expected to open. According to the Portland Press Herald, advocates anticipate adult-use sales will launch by the end of 2020. The Office of Marijuana Policy (OMP) delayed its planned June launch due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but now the office’s director, Erik Gundersen, says “licensing the supply chain will give the state’s adult-use industry time to grow, manufacture and test products for Maine’s first recreational dispensaries”. As of July 28, the OMP had received 342 adult-use cannabis business applications, with 27 now in the final phase of licensing. However, the state will not issue final adult-use dispensary licenses until a testing lab is operational.
– Melissa Schiller, Cannabis Business Times, 07/30/2020 11:51:05 AM