Maine’s Office of Cannabis Policy (OCP) recently issued communications to municipalities discussing two recent amendments to Maine’s adult use cannabis laws: (1) the launch of the state reimbursement program for opt-in municipalities and (2) the authorization of delivery of cannabis by store licensees.
Although the new reimbursement program offers an incentive for municipalities to opt-in to allow adult use cannabis establishments within their municipality, the new program does not obligate municipalities to do so. Nor does it alter municipal home rule authority to regulate such establishments or alter the fundamental requirement that the municipality’s legislative body must first vote to opt-in to allow adult use establishments before any brick-and-mortar establishments can physically locate in that municipality.
Links to OCP communications are below:
OCP Notification to Municipalities Regarding Municipal Reimbursement Fund
OCP Communication Regarding Delivery Authorization of Adult Use Cannabis
You can find more information on Maine’s cannabis laws, municipal “opt-in” requirements and local regulatory authority in the “members’ area” of MMA’s website (www.memun.org).
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