PORTLAND, Maine — The first legal sales of marijuana in Maine are expected in June as the state and municipalities work on issuing licenses.
A state revenue forecasting committee has changed the date it expects the first sales tax revenue from marijuana to arrive from mid-March to mid-June, the Portland Press Herald reported. Applicants for licenses need to receive a conditional state license, get local authorization, and return to the state for an active license.
The process can be time consuming. The state Office of Marijuana Policy said it has received nearly 200 applications and deemed 80 of them complete enough for a regulatory review.
Mainers voted at the polls in 2016 to legalize recreational marijuana. The state already had a longstanding medical marijuana program.