Some effects of the U.S. election in 2016 were pretty immediate and have been felt stronglyever since. For example, it’s pretty hard to imagine a time when that one guy wasn’t president.
But some results of the 2016 election have taken their sweet time having virtually any effect whatsoever. In Maine, it has been almost three years since voters passed a bill legalizing cannabis, and the state has yet to accept a single application for a recreational marijuana business.
But all that is fixing to change now that the state Legislature has passed a new “key act.” Of course, that doesn’t mean Maine is actually going to start. It’s cannabis program yet, or that it even knows how it’s going to work, but it does mean that they should be able to figure it out by the end of the year.
According to the Associated Press, the Maine Office of Marijuana Policy is now “in a position to complete final adoption of marijuana rules.”
That adoption is supposed to occur in the next two months and the state should expect to start accepting cannabis retail applications by the start of 2020, according to office spokesperson David Heidrich.
Making New England stoners’ day, Heidrich went on to predict that the state would start seeing legal weed sales by March of next year.
The delay on recreational marijuana was caused by a variety of disruptions, including opposition from 420-unfriendly former Gov. Paul LePage and a tiff among state government brass overv hiring cannabis consultants.
But some see a silver lining in the cloud of heming and hawing. “From a public health perspective it has been a slower pace, a more deliberative pace than has happened in some states,” said Scott Gagnon of the state’s marijuana commission. “I think that’s been good.”
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