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Maine marijuana law gives medical pot businesses more options

Blankets of frost known as trichomes on a budding marijuana flower at SLOgrown Genetics in the coastal mountain range of San Luis Obispo, California.
Blankets of frost known as trichomes on a budding marijuana flower at SLOgrown Genetics in the coastal mountain range of San Luis Obispo, California.(Richard Vogel/Associated Press/File)

PORTLAND, Maine — Marijuana businesses hope a new law that allows medical marijuana sales between businesses will help Maine’s industry.

The Portland Press Herald reports the law, which went into effect last week, allows businesses to sell up to 30 percent their harvest. State law previously mandated that medical marijuana retailers cultivate their own plants. Under the new law, caregivers can open shops and hire multiple staffers.

The Wellness Connection in Portland is one of the shops that stand to benefit from the regulatory change. Wellness Executive Director Patricia Rosi says the company plans to use products from a variety of cultivation facilities and extraction labs.

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Maine Organic Therapy Executive Director Joe Lusardi says the new law will help businesses and cannabis caregivers work together.

The state has 50,000 registered medical marijuana patients.