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Maine scuttles residency requirement for pot businesses

Robert F. Bukaty/Associated Press

PORTLAND, Maine — Maine’s state marijuana office is not going to enforce a residency requirement for business operators looking for recreational cannabis business licenses.

The change is the result of a legal agreement between Wellness Connection of Maine and the Maine Office of Marijuana Policy, the Portland Press Herald reported. Wellness Connection filed a lawsuit in March challenging the constitutionality of the residency requirement.

Wellness Connection is the largest medical cannabis company in the state, and it is controlled by an out-of-state investor.

Maine's marijuana law was slated to require adult-use cannabis business representatives to live and file taxes in Maine for at least four years. The rule would've lapsed in June 2021. That would've given local marijuana businesses an advantage at the outset.

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Sales of recreational marijuana were set to begin in June, but are on hold because of concerns about creating large crowds amid the coronavirus pandemic.