Cannabis public use measures could spur MJ sales, businesses

By Bart Schaneman

From Alaska to Massachusetts, a number of states are weighing measures to allow people to consume cannabis in public places such as clubs and other venues.

Legalizing cannabis clubs and other venues for public consumption could spur MJ sales and create new business opportunities, said industry officials.

In particular, the move could lead to increased sales of marijuana flower. And it could give marijuana retailers an opportunity to add ancillary businesses – such as a coffee shop…

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White House’s words won’t deter rec marijuana states

By John Schroyer

Despite ominous overtones from the White House, the eight states that have legalized recreational cannabis are proceeding full-bore, whether it’s with existing infrastructures or plans to establish new markets.

Governors and attorneys general responded in unison: They’ll honor voters’ wishes, and conduct business as usual while awaiting specific policies.

The cannabis industry’s future was called into question Thursday when President Donald Trump’s press secretary, Sean Spicer, said “greater enforcement” could…

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Maine’s jump in MMJ caregivers shows interest in rec industry

The number of registered caregivers licensed to grow medical marijuana for patients in Maine increased by 42% in 2016, a sign to some that people are hoping to gain experience in the MMJ industry to gain “a leg up” once permits become available for the state’s new adult-use program.

The jump also is a sign that more patients are turning to cannabis to treat maladies such as chronic pain, the Portland Press Herald reported.

And it indicates that Maine’s legal dispensaries face growing competition from the state’s caregivers. Once…

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Maine governor backtracks, signs bill delaying rec MJ program

Maine Governor Paul LePage reversed his initial opposition and signed a bill delaying the rollout of the state’s adult-use cannabis program by a few months.

By signing the bill Friday, LePage backtracked on an earlier vow that he would not sign the measure until state legislators provided money to his administration to start drafting regulations governing the program.


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Under the new law, the earliest recreational sales could begin would be in February 2018, the Portland Press-Herald reported. Some initially had expected Maine’s…

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Maine lawmakers approve three-month rec sales delay

Maine’s legislature on Thursday unanimously approved a three-month delay in the start of recreational marijuana sales.

The bill may still be vetoed by Republican Gov. Paul LePage, however, because some key provisions he had supported were not included in the bill, the Portland Press-Herald reported.


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If the bill does become law, it means the earliest that adult-use cannabis sales could begin in Maine would be February 2018, instead of the initially anticipated opening time frame of fall 2017.

The legislature backed the bill with total…

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New Market: Maine’s tourism industry a potential boon for rec MJ businesses

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This is the eighth article in a series looking at the potential cannabis market in each of the eight states that approved recreational or medical marijuana initiatives in the 2016 election. Click here for previous installments.

By Bart Schaneman

Buoyed by the state’s reputation as an East Coast tourist mecca with a dramatic coastline, the recreational marijuana market in Maine should generate plenty of opportunities for cannabis businesses – provided delays don’t hamper the industry’s rollout.

In a close vote last November, 50.26% of…

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Maine lawmakers seek to delay launch of rec industry

Maine legislators agreed Wednesday on legislation to postpone implementation of parts of the state’s new law legalizing adult-use marijuana until Feb. 1, 2018.

The law was scheduled to take effect on Oct. 30, 2017.

The proposed bill would have a big impact on the retail side of Maine’s cannabis industry. According to the Bangor Daily News:

  • State officials would receive more time to develop sales and licensing stipulations.
  • Officials also would have longer to formulate testing and certification procedures.
  • Legalization of edible cannabis…

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New career, MMJ-rec tensions and cannabis under Trump: Q&A with pioneer Becky DeKeuster

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By Omar Sacirbey

Becky DeKeuster went from being a Catholic high school teacher to a cannabis pioneer who co-founded the Wellness Connection of Maine.

DeKeuster helped Wellness Connection earn a reputation for caring service and left her mark nationally on an industry trying to find its footing. She’s now switching gears again. DeKeuster left Wellness Connection partly because of philosophical differences with her leadership team as well as to start a consulting firm.

She spoke with Marijuana Business Daily about transitions, tensions…

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Week in Review: Connecticut MMJ research bodes well, OH docs hesitant & Maine rec is a go

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By Omar Sacirbey and Bart Schaneman

Connecticut research could benefit the entire medical cannabis industry, a survey shows most Ohio physicians won’t write MMJ recommendations, and Maine’s adult-use program is a go after recount is halted.

Here’s a closer look at some notable developments in the marijuana industry over the past week.

Marijuana beats opiates

Research announcements this week from two respected Connecticut medical institutions provided a fitting year-end reminder that one of the biggest gains cannabis reform has made over…

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Maine cannabis legalization a go after foes drop recount effort

Maine officially became the latest state, and the second in New England, to legalize adult-use cannabis after opponents formally abandoned their demand for a recount.

The No on 1 campaign, as the anti-legalization effort was called, notified Maine’s secretary of state of the decision on Saturday, the Portland Press Herald reported.


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Maine voters approved legalization 381,692 to 377,619 on Nov. 8, a margin of 4,073, according to unofficial election-day results.

Gov. Paul LePage, a legalization opponent, must now certify the results, and…

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Maine suspends marijuana ballot recount until new year

The ballot recount of Maine’s initiative to legalize recreational marijuana is on hold until 2017 to give legalization opponents time to mull whether they want to continue the tally.

With about 30% of the ballots counted, there was no significant change in the outcome of the Nov. 8 vote in favor of legalization, according to the Portland Press Herald.


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Legalization would have gone into effect in the first week of January. But it will be delayed until either the opponents who demanded the recount throw in the towel or some 700,000 ballots…

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Week in Review: New life in Montana, rule tweaks in Oregon & obstacles in New England

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By Bart Schaneman and Omar Sacirbey 

Montana’s medical marijuana industry is reactivated, Oregon adjusts its testing regulations, and New England’s adult-use industry encounters obstacles.

Here’s a closer look at some notable developments in the marijuana industry over the past week.

Back from the dead

Medical marijuana dispensaries in Montana will be flipping their closed signs to open after a state judge gave the industry a new lease on life.

“We’re elated,” said Bob Devine, who owns a dispensary in Bozeman and is president of…

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Maine cannabis pioneer embarking on new career path

A marijuana industry pioneer is leaving her post at New England’s most prominent dispensary to pursue new opportunities in her home state of Maine and nationally.


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A former Catholic high school teacher, Becky DeKeuster co-founded the Wellness Connection of Maine and helped the dispensary obtain four of eight medical licenses available in the state in 2010.

She developed a high profile in Maine and nationally for her efforts to educate patients and the public, including setting up a program to serve patients in hospice care. She most…

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