Maine has legalized cannabis for both medical and adult use. The Office of Marijuana Policy responsible for overseeing the cannabis licensing process.
- Marijuana Store
There are three steps to the licensing process in Maine: Conditional Licensure, Local Authorization, and Active Licensure.
In order to apply for a license in Maine, here are the top items you want to complete to be successful starting your journey into the cannabis space:
- Decide what type of business (or businesses) you want to pursue cannabis business licenses for.
Review the list of license types available for application to determine what might be the best fit for you and your business aspirations.
- Assemble Your Team
The next step is to gather your team of experts. Having financial backing in the form of investors is crucial so that you are able to procure consultation services, a location, and other resources along the way. Don’t make the mistake of getting knee-deep in your plan and then running out of money to see it through. After you’ve made sure your funding is set, assemble your team of people you can trust. Specifically, you want people who have experience in the industry and who are well-informed so that you can highlight your team’s expertise in your application.
- Secure a Property
Prior to obtaining a license you will need to secure property that is zoned correctly and able to support the needs of a cannabis business. This can, at times, be the most challenging part of the process. Our team has worked with countless municipalities to assist our clients in obtaining compliant properties in correctly zoned areas.
- Draft Your Application
Application requirements vary between Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and narrative forms surrounding the expectations you have for your business. Either way, these need to be compliant with all state, local, and federal regulations. Ensuring that you are compliant is one of the most important steps in the application process. Canna Business Services has years of experience drafting award-winning applications for our clients in competitive states. Set up a meeting with us today to discuss how we can help you with your business.
Read more on our blog about how to take the first steps towards licensure.
In 1999, the State of Maine passed a law permitting home cannabis cultivation for medical reasons. In a ballot initiative in 2016, the statewide legalization of cannabis use and sale was passed by the voters of Maine. As of the summer of 2021, there are at least 37 cannabis retailers with active licenses. The Marijuana Legalization Act governs the cannabis licensing and operations process in Maine. Local communities in Maine are permitted to opt in or out of permitting cannabis businesses. Approximately 90% of municipalities have opted out, but that constantly shifts.
Legalizing recreational use marijuana in 2016 and retail sales in 2019, the state of Maine is part of a growing industry and amazing opportunity for new business owners. However, the laws and compliance procedures surrounding all types of cannabis operations can be tricky, and if not followed precisely, delay or even destroy your chance at success. Whether you’re interested in opening the doors on a medical/recreational dispensary, grow facility, lab or any area of the industry, step one is knowing where and how to begin.
Maine Cannabis Dispensary Application Process
Canna Business Services represents extensive knowledge, background and expertise in cannabis application processes, commercialization and compliance, fractional C-suite, packaging and labeling review and more. We are your professionals guides through a tedious, complicated and lengthy process. We save you time, money, frustration and disappointment by avoiding pitfalls, streamlining the steps and stacking the odds in your favor.
The state of Maine recognizes social club licenses, cultivation facility licenses, testing facility licenses, products manufacturing facility licenses, store licenses and occupational licenses. Retail marijuana application fees can cost anywhere from $10 to $250, while licensing fees range from $250 to $2500. With ever-changing policies, one chance to get started and a highly competitive market, Canna Business Services proves an invaluable asset at every stage of business development and growth.