State regulators in Maine issued the first conditional licenses for cannabis businesses last week, setting the stage for retail marijuana sales to begin in late spring. Officials with Maine’s Office of Marijuana policy issued provisional approval for a total of 31 cannabis growers, manufacturers, and retailers pending their completion of the licensing process.
“We have said the adult-use industry will launch in spring 2020,” Erik Gundersen, the director of the agency, said in a statement Friday. “Today’s announcement moves us another step closer to honoring that pledge.”
The conditional licenses were issued for cannabis operations that include 16 retail shops, 10 cultivators, four manufacturers, and one nursery. The businesses plan to operate in 10 of Maine’s cities and towns, including 10 companies planning to locate in Portland, the state capital.
First Step in the Process
Receiving conditional approval is only the first of three steps that must be completed prior to receiving full licensure from the state. The applicants must now seek local approval from the municipalities in which they plan to operate, a process that can take anywhere from a few weeks to several months. Local jurisdictions are required to decide on applications for approval within 90 days, or