Maine neighborhoods support adult-use marijuana organizations, divided on retail

A sankey diagram showing how municipalities opted in for adult use marijuana retail, cultivation, manufacturing and testing.

Assistance for the adult-use marijuana market in Maine is strong, particularly growing, in spite of a divide over enabling retail stores in some towns.

This comes at a time when cannabis has actually become Maine’s a lot of important crop, surpassing more traditional farm items such as potatoes, hay and blueberries.

Maine towns and towns can choose into the state program by enabling licenses in 4 company classifications– retail, growing, production and screening– or pull out to end up being a “dry town.”

Of the 55 towns that have actually passed guidelines to control adult-use marijuana organizations, 29% pulled out of retail sales, according to the state’s Workplace of Marijuana Policy.

No neighborhood up until now prohibited adult-use cannabis organizations entirely, with retail-shy neighborhoods still supporting other kinds of MJ operators.

Map showing where Maine's communities opted out of retail, cultivation, manufacturing and testing businesses

Map showing where Maine's communities opted out of retail, cultivation, manufacturing and testing businesses

Growing has the greatest assistance, with 95% of Maine’s towns authorizing adult-use marijuana growing organizations– not unexpected for a state with a strong, however decreasing, farming market.

The variety of farms in Maine diminished by practically 8% in between 2012 and 2017, according to the current U.S Department of Farming study.

Marijuana farming may be the service.

Marijuana has actually ended up being the state’s most significant money crop, according to the Portland Press Herald.

The USDA approximated Maine’s potato crop to be worth $184.1 million in 2019.

Medical marijuana quickly eclipsed that figure this year with a reported $221.8 million offered through October.

Include the millions now being available in regular monthly through the freshly opened leisure program, and it is no longer a competitors.

Maine’s adult-use market generated $2.4 million in sales considering that opening in October 2020.

Production and screening organizations were likewise well supported throughout the state.

Maine towns that supported adult-use retail normally likewise supported growing, production and screening organizations in their neighborhoods.

Just one location– Newry, a sparsely inhabited town situated on the New Hampshire border– permitted simply retail facilities.

Of those not enabling retail stores, practically 44% likewise chose versus production.

That number reached 50% when they thought about screening.

Kennebunk, a costal town simply south of Portland, was the only neighborhood to restrict whatever however screening.

Andrew Long can be reached at [email protected]

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