As Maine nears completion of testing procedures for recreational marijuana, potential stakeholders have been asked to submit feedback on the process.
“The Office of Marijuana Policy has worked diligently since being established in February to complete the work required to establish a regulatory framework for Maine’s adult use marijuana industry,” Office of Marijuana Policy (OMP) Director Erik Gundersen said in a news release. "While our rulemaking activity has been at the forefront of this effort, we have spent the last several months developing forms and applications; developing an online platform for the application process; preparing to deploy our track and trace system; and engaging with industry stakeholders, other state agencies, and members of the public on our work.
"We look forward to completing final adoption of our adult use rules and moving that much closer to accepting adult use facility applications,” Gundersen added.
The OMP was created by the governor’s office in February to oversee the state’s medical marijuana program and its voter-approved Marijuana Legalization Act.
Late last month, several changes to the Marijuana Legalization Act went into effect, “including an amendment to the Maine Food Law to no longer consider edibles produced with recreational marijuana as adulterated, allowing the entry of certain vendors into the limited access areas of licensees, and authorizing the department to impose an administrative hold on a licensee,” according to the news release.
By late November, the OMP is scheduled to complete final adoption of Maine’s adult use rules.
Gundersen told the Press Herald that at least two or three labs have indicated interest in obtaining a recreational testing license.
“I would imagine that there would still be some type of delays,” Gundersen said. “If we have at least a few in the fold then I think that it may not be perfect, but I think we’ll be able to manage it and ensure that the mandatory testing is happening.”
Maine currently has two labs that conduct testing of medical cannabis products, ProVerde Laboratories in Portland and Nelson Analytical in Kennebunk.