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Confusion reigns as Maine rolls out its marijuana tracking system


The state's pot policy office initially describes a costly tagging system for tracing products from plant to retail, then offers a more business-friendly explanation hours later.

The state marijuana industry didn’t like what it saw when it got its first look at Maine’s new track-and-trace system Monday: hundreds and hundreds of 25-cent tags required to catalog every plant’s path to pre-rolled joint, vape cartridge or infused candy.

“This will drive prices through the roof,” said medical marijuana caregiver Dawson Julia of Unity. “It’s going to put a lot of people out of business. It will make medicine so expensive that nobody will be able to afford it. It will guarantee the survival of the black market.”

Five hours later, long after most of the 300 shell-shocked growers, manufacturers and retailers had left the track-and-trace kick-off event, the Office of Marijuana Policy issued a clarification. Individual retail products will not require their own track-and-trace tag after all.

The cost of the tag wasn’t the problem. After all, each individual bar-coded label only costs a quarter. It was the sheer number of tags that would have been required to move a plant through its entire life cycle, especially for processed items, like vape cartridges or marijuana-infused baked goods.

Consider that it would have required 1,178 tags, at a total cost of $295, to convert a 10-pound cannabis plant into half-milliliter vape cartridges, based on typical yields. Turning that plant into single-serving 10-milligram chocolate truffles would’ve required 58,900 tags at a cost of $14,725.

“Those are based on averages, of course, but even if the yields vary a little here and there, that’s crazy,” said Darrell Gudroe of Boothbay Harbor, who sits on the board of the Medical Marijuana Caregivers of Maine. “The labor costs of putting (on) all those tags alone would kill a business.”

Under the clarified system, however, the producer would only need a single tag for the plant, a second tag that covered the harvest batch (that could cover a whole room full of plants if the grower harvested them all at once), and a third tag attached to the final package sold to the consumer.

Under this system, the financial impact of the tagging system could be limited if a grower can harvest a whole group of plants at once and if the consumer can buy products in bulk, growers and retailers said. But single-serving products, a favorite among new customers, would still be hard hit.

The Office of Marijuana Policy and BioTrackTHC, the Florida software company that landed the 6-year, $275,000 deal to track medical and adult-use cannabis grown, processed and sold in Maine, apologized for the confusion caused by the dissemination of incorrect information.

The session drew a huge crowd and covered topics ranging from creation of transportation manifests to cover when marijuana is moved from one place to another, such as from a grow to a testing lab, to how cannabis producers who already use tracking software can export their private data into the state system.

More training sessions will be held for medical marijuana industry members this month. Training for a grower, manufacturer or retailer who will be seeking a state recreational marijuana license once Maine launches its retail program in March will begin next month.

Medical marijuana growers, manufacturers and retailers can start using the program before the end of the year, and will be required to have all their plants and products entered into the system no later than 120 days after it goes live, said Office of Marijuana Policy Director Erik Gundersen.

Created eight months ago, the Office of Marijuana Policy has moved quickly to implement the adult-use marijuana program that had lingered on the political back burner since voters approved it in 2016. That haste has led to several missteps when trying to hire professional consultants.

In its after-hours news release, the state did not explain how this happened, or whether the clarification of how the tagging system works corrected a verbal slip made at a live event during a spirited question-and-answer session, or represented a full-fledged change in state policy.

But that clarification left Jennifer Bergeron of Waterville, a wholesale medical marijuana grower, upset about a morning off work to drive to Augusta and spend “a good couple hours getting completely wrong information” from a state agency created to oversee marijuana in Maine and its expert consultant.

“People who are supposed to implement the program in two months just spent hours giving completely inaccurate information,” she said. “At this point, I’m not sure what the tagging requirements are, so it’s hard to say what they mean to me. I know less after that meeting than I knew before it started.”

She worries the additional regulation, with its extra costs and labor, will drive smaller caregivers out of business, which will end up hurting patients. Prices are already going up, she said. She believes this will not stop the black market, but actually drive people to it.

But Paul McCarrier, a medical marijuana store owner in Belfast and president of Legalize Maine, believes Monday’s events demonstrate how responsive the new agency is to industry concerns, such as the financial impact of new regulations and programs that are still in their infancy.

“I’m pretty impressed,” said McCarrier, who sat through the kickoff session and a three-hour caregiver training class on Monday afternoon. “We brought up a legit point and they responded quickly … Shows me again they are taking what we say seriously. They want it to work. We want it to work.”

Office of Marijuana Policy Provides Update on Rulemaking Activity

State marijuana office prepares for final adoption of adult use rules, releases draft of medical track and trace rules.

AUGUSTA – The Office of Marijuana Policy (OMP), a part of the Maine Department of Administrative and Financial Services (DAFS), today provided stakeholders and interested members of the public with an update on its current and future rulemaking activity.

OMP was established by the Mills Administration in February to oversee Maine’s existing medical marijuana program and implement the voter-approved Marijuana Legalization Act. Its first rulemaking began in late March and has continued since then in both the adult use and medical use of marijuana programs.

On Thursday, LD 719, An Act To Amend the Adult Use Marijuana Law, went into effect with other nonemergency legislation from the First Regular Session of the 129th Legislature. LD 719 makes several changes to the Marijuana Legalization Act 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. With LD 719 becoming law, OMP is poised to complete final adoption of Maine’s adult use rules within the next 60 days.

“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,” said OMP Director Erik Gundersen. "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."

In other rulemaking-related news, a preliminary draft rule related to the tracking and tracing of products in the Maine Medical Use of Marijuana Program is currently available for review on the OMP website: https://www.maine.gov/dafs/omp/medical-use/rules-statutes/rulemaking/draft-rules. Parties interested in providing feedback in response to the preliminary draft rules may do so through the following page: https://www.maine.gov/dafs/omp/medical-use/rules-statutes/rulemaking/feedback.

One aspect of this soon-to-be-proposed rule will be the introduction of “plant-only tracking” for certain registered caregivers who do not operate a caregiver retail store. Plant-only tracking would allow vertically integrated, registered caregivers who directly serve certified patients without transferring marijuana and marijuana products to other caregivers, dispensaries, or marijuana manufacturing facilities to only tag and track the plants they own. Such a proposal would reduce the number of BioTrackTHC security tags—which cost $0.25 each—required to be used by the caregiver.

“A track and trace system helps ensure the health and safety of consumers of medical and adult use marijuana and assists in preventing diversion to an unregulated market,” added Gundersen. “The introduction of plant-only tracking is the recognition that a one-size-fits-all approach will not work with the diverse group of caregivers operating within our medical program. Our goal is to ensure smaller caregivers can focus on what matters most—ensuring patient access to the medicine they need.”

As with other rules proposed by the department, OMP will be scheduling a public hearing and conducting a public comment period. Specific dates will be announced once drafting of the rule is complete and it is formally proposed by the office.

Finally, OMP also plans to propose rules for the licensing of marijuana testing facilities and will be spending time drafting and proposing revisions to the existing Maine Medical Use of Marijuana Program Rule to reflect legislative changes made during both the 128th and 129th Legislatures. Recently completed rulemaking activity includes the emergency adoption and simultaneous proposal of adult use marijuana testing facility certification rules earlier this month.



LD 1218

An Act to Allow Maine Marijuana Caregivers to measure Cultivation Limits by Plant Canopy Size..
Cultivate up to 30 mature marijuana plants OR .....
500 square feet of plant canopy, 60 immature marijuana plants and unlimited seedlings.

See new caregiver application

New Caregiver application showing the costs for 30 plants or new 500’ canopy rule..

Click here to see… https://www.maine.gov/dafs/omp/sites/maine.gov.dafs.omp/files/inline-files/MMMP-Application-Caregiver_0.pdf

OMP Conducts Public Hearing on Testing Facility Certification Rule

Earlier this week, the Office of Marijuana Policy conducted a public hearing on our proposed marijuana testing facility certification rule.

The public comment period concludes at 5pm EDT on Thursday, October 10, 2019. 

Comment may be submitted through the OMP website or to the attention of Gabi Bérubé Pierce, Esq. via the following:

  1. Office of Marijuana Policy
    162 State House Station
    Augusta, ME 04333-0162
  2. Fax: 207-287-2671
  3. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (Subject line: Rulemaking Comment).

Registration for BioTrackTHC Trainings Opened Monday

The Office of Marijuana Policy is pleased to announce that the next round of track and trace portal trainings will begin on Monday, October 21, 2019. These training sessions are specifically intended for prospective adult use licensees and will be held in Augusta, Bangor, Hallowell, Lewiston, and Portland.

Registration for these training sessions will open at 8:00AM EDT on Monday, October 7, 2019. Registration is available through the Eventbrite event registration platform and will occur on a first-come, first-served basis.

BioTrackTHC/Track and Trace Portal Training Sessions

In addition, BioTrackTHC manuals and training videos are currently available online: https://www.biotrack.com/maine-manuals/  


If you completed a medical use training in September, you will not be required to take an adult use class.

New Office of Marijuana Policy Website Launches

The Office of Marijuana Policy recently launched its new website! In addition to our presence on Facebook and Twitter, you can locate the office online at https://www.maine.gov/dafs/omp/.

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State of Maine Adopts Universal Symbol for Adult Use Marijuana

Office of Marijuana Policy partners with Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission to unveil the first-ever shared universal symbol for marijuana and marijuana products.

AUGUSTA – Earlier today, the Maine Office of Marijuana Policy, a part of the Department of Administrative and Financial Services, introduced the universal symbol that will be used to identify adult use marijuana and marijuana products. The symbol, required by the Marijuana Legalization Act, will be used in Maine by prospective adult use marijuana licensees and the public to identify packages and products containing marijuana.

To deploy Maine’s universal symbol, OMP chose to partner with the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission to unveil the first-ever shared universal symbol for marijuana and marijuana products.

The symbol—which has already been successfully used in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts—features a red triangle above text reading “CONTAINS THC”. Centered within the triangle is a black marijuana leaf superimposed on a field of white. THC is the common acronym for tetrahydrocannabinol, the psychoactive compound found in marijuana.

“The adoption of a universal symbol in Maine is an important measure taken by the Office of Marijuana Policy to ensure Maine people are fully aware that a product contains marijuana,” said Erik Gundersen, director of the Maine Office of Marijuana Policy. “Given our regional proximity and the close personal and business ties our two states share, the use of the same universal symbol will ensure that consumers can clearly recognize products that contain THC whether in Massachusetts or Maine.”

In choosing Maine’s universal symbol, OMP reviewed existing statutory requirements for labeling and packaging as well as the requirements of their provisionally adopted adult use marijuana rules. With that work completed, OMP began to survey established universal symbols and quickly recognized that the form, content, and style of symbols in use by other states were anything but universal.

OMP staff identified the CCC’s symbol as a potential opportunity for collaboration and were pleased with how warmly the suggestion of utilizing the same symbol was received by their counterparts in Massachusetts.

“The Cannabis Control Commission is excited to partner with the State of Maine on the first universal symbol to be shared by two distinct regulatory jurisdictions,” said Shawn Collins, executive director of the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission. “Whether an adult is interested in consuming legal marijuana products or not, our universal symbol helps identify when an item contains THC and serves as a key deterrent to accidental ingestions. Our states share a mutual goal of developing safe and secure marketplaces, and this collaboration demonstrates our progress toward that objective.”

In Maine, use of the universal symbol is required by adult use marijuana licensees. For product packaging and labeling, the symbol must appear on the front or most predominantly displayed area of the marketing layer. It may appear no smaller than half an inch by half an inch.

For edible marijuana products, each single standardized serving of marijuana must be marked, stamped or otherwise imprinted with the universal symbol directly on at least one side of the product. It may not appear less than a quarter of an inch by a quarter of an inch.

While not required, OMP encourages caregivers and dispensaries currently operating within Maine’s Medical Use of Marijuana Program to consider utilizing Maine’s universal symbol.

“I would like to extend my thanks to the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission, Executive Director Collins, and his staff for their work in making this important milestone possible,” added Director Gundersen. “Our positive working relationships with other marijuana-regulating states have been exceedingly helpful as Maine is set to become the second state on the east coast to launch an adult use program.”

Introduction of the universal symbol in Maine comes as OMP prepares to complete final adoption of its rules that will serve as the regulatory framework for the state’s new adult use industry. The office intends to begin accepting adult use applications by the end of 2019.

For more information on Maine's universal symbol, please visit: https://www.maine.gov/dafs/omp/resources/universal-symbol.

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An image depicting Maine's newly adopted universal symbol, which OMP deployed after partnering with the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission.


Maine Cannabis Regulators Complete Final Adoption of Adult Use Rules

Action by state’s Office of Marijuana Policy establishes timeline for accepting adult use applications and begins staggered rollout of regulated adult use industry.

AUGUSTA – The Office of Marijuana Policy, a part of the Maine Department of Administrative and Financial Services, today announced it has completed final adoption of major substantive rules related to Maine’s adult use marijuana program. The administrative rules establish the regulatory framework governing the licensing, compliance, enforcement and oversight of the forthcoming adult use marijuana industry in Maine and marks OMP’s most significant accomplishment to date.

In accordance with state law, the new regulations become effective 30 days following final adoption, which is Thursday, December 5, 2019. With final adoption complete, OMP will now shift its attention to the application and licensing processes required of prospective adult use licensees.

“Over the last eight months, the Office of Marijuana Policy has worked with legislators, community leaders, public health and safety experts, industry stakeholders, and members of the public to develop and institute regulations that we hope will serve as a model of how to properly regulate marijuana for the rest of the country,” said OMP Director Erik Gundersen. "The goal of OMP has been to put forth the best rules and regulations possible, and our work benefitted significantly from the valuable input provided by stakeholders through this process."

Beginning immediately, prospective licensees may register to complete fingerprinting for their state and federal background checks and complete an individual identification card application. Fingerprinting is available through IdentoGO (https://me.ibtfingerprint.com/), a nationwide provider of identity-related services with locations available throughout Maine. Applications for individual identification cards are available on the OMP website (https://www.maine.gov/dafs/omp/adult-use/applications-forms/).

All individuals working in or for a licensed marijuana establishment who possess, cultivate, manufacture, package, test, dispense, transfer, serve, handle, transport or deliver marijuana or marijuana products are required to have an OMP-issued individual identification card. Information contained in the background checks will inform the Office’s decisions about whether a prospective licensee or their employees satisfy the character and fitness requirements written into law and rule.

“While our adult use rules do not go into effect until December, beginning the background check process and accepting individual identification card applications are concrete steps prospective licensees can take today to prepare to enter this emerging industry,” added Gundersen. “Making certain applications and forms available in advance will allow our office to better respond to questions raised by applicants of this new program. In the coming weeks, OMP will continue its staggered rollout of adult use applications and forms.”

On Monday, November 18, 2019, OMP will make license applications for marijuana testing facilities available on its website. The remaining applications for adult use marijuana cultivation, products manufacturing, and retail facilities will be made available on December 5, 2019. No individual identification cards or conditional facility licenses will be issued by OMP until at least the effective date of the adult use marijuana program rule.

Occurring a month and a half after the effective date of LD 719, the legislation that made several changes to the Marijuana Legalization Act, final adoption completes the major substantive portion of OMP’s adult use rulemaking activity. Rulemaking on marijuana testing facility licensing is forthcoming.

“We established several lofty goals at the outset of our work, including delivery of adult use rules before the legislature adjourned in June and making adult use applications available by the conclusion of 2019,” concluded Gundersen. “I am proud of the incredible work of our office to fulfill these commitments to an industry and public that have been waiting patiently for this work to be completed.”

OMP was established by the Mills Administration in February 2019 to oversee Maine’s existing medical marijuana program and implement the voter-approved Marijuana Legalization Act. Its first rulemaking began in late March and has continued since then in both the adult use and medical use of marijuana programs.

The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Sends Comments to USDA on Interim Final Hemp Rule

December 4, 2019
For more information contact: Jim Britt at (207) 287-3156

AUGUSTA, Maine - The Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry has issued its comments to the USDA on the Interim Final Hemp Rule, expressing concerns with proposed requirements that have the potential to adversely affect the growth of the hemp industry in Maine. The comments come after a thorough analysis by state officials and include feedback from Maine farmers. The USDA's proposed hemp regulations were released Oct. 29, 2019, and states were invited to review and respond with comments within 60-days.

"The requirements proposed by the interim rule have the potential to be detrimental to Maine farmers who have invested in hemp production, as well as those who are planning to enter this emerging hemp industry," commented Amanda Beal, DACF Commissioner. We strongly encourage the USDA to ensure that the final rules are practical and dont hamper the future growth of hemp production and its potential contribution to Maines economy.

Maines hemp program launched in 2016 with one grower, and today 181 licensed hemp farmers are growing hemp in all of Maines 16 counties, and crop varieties are thriving.

We urge the USDA to deliver a flexible Domestic Hemp Production Program rule that takes into consideration the complexities of hemp production, commented Nancy McBrady, Director, Bureau of Agriculture, Food and Rural Resources. Maine farmers have spoken, and we agree, that the rules proposed by the USDA are overly burdensome, and we are hopeful that changes will be made that reflect the needs of hemp farmers.

The following comments were submitted E. Ann Gibbs, Director of Animal and Plant Health, Bureau of Agriculture, Food and Rural Resources, on the United States Department of Agricultures (USDA) Interim Final Hemp Rule:

SDA Agricultural Marketing Service Doc. No. AMS-SC-19-0042 SC19-990-2 I. Via Email

Re: State of Maine Comments on USDA Interim Final Hemp Rules

Dear Sir/Madam:
The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry thanks you for the opportunity to comment on the USDA AMS interim final rule, 7 CFR Part 990 Establishment of a Domestic Hemp Production Program (Rule). Maine has had a hemp program in place since 2016, beginning with one grower who harvested seed from less than an acre. This has since grown to 181 license agreements and over 2000 acres of planted hemp in 2019. Hemp is now grown in every one of Maines 16 counties, and the varieties grown are thriving in all parts of the state. There has been a lot of support for and interest in this new crop by producers, private industry, the state legislature, and the Department. However, we are concerned that the requirements proposed by the Rules will require some major adjustments to the program that could adversely affect the growth of this industry in Maine. Below are our comments regarding how these proposed changes will impact the Maine program.

The Rules require that testing labs be registered with DEA. This may be cumbersome at best and impossible to meet at worst. In 2019, the Maine program switched to using one available private testing lab, which is not currently registered with DEA, because our state lab was unable to process samples. The private lab is ISO 17025 accredited, which is an important accreditation because it requires third-party assessors to evaluate the laboratorys ability to produce precise, accurate test and calibration data, and facilities are regularly reassessed to ensure technical expertise is maintained. ISO 17025 accreditation is more important to the state than DEA registration.
It is also unclear how many labs in Maine will seek DEA registration for hemp, or if they will even be available to test hemp samples. Maine just approved and is implementing a recreational marijuana program, and with the new push to find labs to test marijuana, labs may choose to focus on this crop and not hemp. Hemp testing labs will also need a DEA approved plan for disposal of non-compliant hemp, and those requirements are not clear at this time.

DACF is concerned that the USDAs requirement for a 0.3% Total THC level with no provision for mitigation does not allow for enough flexibility given the realities of the crop. This is not practical: many hemp cultivars are unstable and may fluctuate in THC content depending on soil type, climate, weather, pest infestations, or other plant stress factors. Since the sampling procedures are worst case based and do not include plant material from the entire plant, non-compliant test results should be allowed to be mitigated. The 2018 Farm Bill under Section 297B e(2)(B) Corrective Action Plan appears to allow the state to develop corrective actions when a growers hemp is found to be above 0.3% Total THC. The states corrective action plan should be allowed to include grower requirements to extract from or process the entire plant as biomass when total THC levels are above 0.3% and below 0.5%. (Note that, ideally, Maine would prefer that the upper limit be 1% Total THC because the risk of anyone using that cannabis for the marijuana market is virtually non-existent.) Additionally, the extractor or processor could be required to assure the THC level of any product produced is diluted below the 0.3% threshold, and if any excess THC isolate exists, that it is properly disposed.
Currently, Maine law only requires hemp to be less than 0.3% delta 9 THC (not Total THC). Many of the CBD varieties currently grown will not meet USDAs new total THC threshold. If the USDA retains the 0.3% Total THC level with no allowance for flexibility, the likely outcome for growers would be significant lost investments and diminished market prospects for what limited varieties will qualify as hemp using this limit. The industrys growth prospects could be significantly reduced. We urge the USDA to allow for greater, yet manageable, flexibility in determining THC levels that can qualify as hemp with or without additional mitigation. Another direction the USDA could take on defining what qualifies as hemp is to use taxonomic determination based on the genetic testing of known cannabinoid ratios of stable cultivars. Type III cultivars that are CBD dominant with a ratio of at least 20:1 CBD to THC are not psychoactive and produce high levels of CBD, which is one of the chief derivatives that hemp growers seek.

Under the new Rules, the state will be required to sample every field and every area that has a different variety/strain growing, which will substantially increase the number of samples required to be collected. We believe that this is impractical. DACF currently collects one sample per license agreement, and some of our licensees have 15 20 different grow sites. This year there were 217 grow sites on 182 license agreements and multiple varieties grown on more than half of those sites. Had the new Rules been in effect for 2019, the number of THC samples would have increased from 182 samples to 300 or more. An additional complication for sampling is the requirement for the licensee or a designated employee to accompany the sampling agent throughout the sampling process. This requirement, along with the increased number of samples, will make the states sampling of all hemp lots within 15 days of harvest very difficult. Both of these added burdens will require additional FTEs to complete the sampling within the 15-day timeframe.

The Rules will require hemp farms to register with the USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA). While we understand that the potential benefit to growers for registering is possible financial assistance from FSA under certain future circumstances, we believe it could also be a significant barrier for small, less experienced growers who comprise the bulk of our licensees. Registration with FSA could discourage growers from becoming licensed because many of them are also medical marijuana growers and would not be favorable to registering their land with a federal agency. The state hemp program depends upon license fees to support the regulatory program. If too many growers are discouraged by this requirement, the program may not be self-sustaining.

The requirement for background checks to exclude applicants with a felony in the last 10 years will be a significant change to the Maine program, which does not require such checks. Maines original state statues included a requirement for background checks, which were later deleted in the 2015 laws. This requirement will add another barrier for hemp growers who will be facing numerous new registration and reporting requirements under the Rules. Maine also has a statutory conflict with this requirement. 5 MRS Chapter 341 5303(1) only allows our agency to disqualify an individual from licensing on the basis of a criminal record for a maximum period of three years.

The Rules monthly reporting requirements to the USDA AMS are extensive and will impose burdens on the state to implement. The state will have to develop a more sophisticated and costly database in order to fulfill these requirements. Further, because one of the monthly reports requires submission of geospatial location data, the state will have to amend the current licensing statutes that protect locations of hemp production sites as confidential information. The new reports will also require our current testing lab to change their report format and develop a process to notify the grower as well as the state of the total THC test results for each crop lot. Finally, the Rule requires use of a special license numbering system. Implementation of the new numbering scheme is an additional burden. All of these data and reporting requirements will increase the program workload and require additional state expenses.

Currently, when non-compliant hemp is found in Maine, the Department notifies local law enforcement and then the Department oversees grower destruction of the crop. The USDAs Rule changes this process so that if non-compliant hemp is found, the DEA or another entity authorized to handle marijuana under the Controlled Substance Act will dictate the process for disposal. Recognizing the time and effort that may be asked of these entities in disposal situations, the Department advocates that options for destruction include simple solutions such as mowing, disking-in the crop, or composting.

The Department is concerned that the USDAs approved plan implementation deadline of October 31, 2020, will seriously disrupt Maine and other states current licensing schemes, to the detriment of growers. If growers state licenses are void after that date, it could create a barrier for the licensee to sell their 2020 crop. For instance, if hemp is harvested prior to October 31, 2020, and was tested under the states 0.3% delta 9 THC method, will that hemp no longer be allowed to be sold on or after October 31st? Further, due to the Rules requirement that currently confidential grower data be reported to the USDA, the Maine legislature will need to make statutory changes to current Maine law. Given the states legislative calendar, this may be impossible to achieve by that timeframe. We urge the USDA to rethink this deadline or provide for extended implementation dates, should states face legislative hurdles to comply. An alternative option would be to continue to operate state programs and gradually phase into the Federal program as milestones are achieved to comply with the Rule.

The Department is hopeful that these rules will establish a firm basis for Land Grant Universities to pursue hemp research without any threat of federal grant disqualification. The University of Maines risk management department has not allowed university staff to conduct any research that requires handling of cannabis of any form. We also are supportive of providing hemp growers access to the USDA-FSA cost-share funding and the USDA-NRCS programs. The Department would support allowing new hemp farmers to access that funding and those programs even earlier than the current rules allow.

The Department hopes these comments are instructive as the USDA determines how to move forward with implementing the Federal hemp program. As presented, these Rules will be challenging to implement for states with existing hemp programs and could threaten the future growth of the industry overall. The years of hands-on and practical experience that Maine, along with numerous other states, has had operating its hemp program should inform the USDA on how these Rules should be amended. Please dont hesitate to contact us if you have any further questions.

Ann Gibbs
Director Division of Animal and Plant Health

Maine Adult Use Marijuana Facility Applications Now Available

State’s Office of Marijuana Policy releases applications for adult use cultivation, manufacturing, and retail facilities.

AUGUSTA – Today, the Office of Marijuana Policy, a part of the Maine Department of Administrative and Financial Services, announced the availability of all adult use marijuana facility applications. Beginning immediately, prospective licensees may commence the application process for adult use marijuana cultivation facilities, products manufacturing facilities, and marijuana stores.

This important step completes the staggered rollout of adult use applications which began on Monday, November 4, 2019. Applications for marijuana testing facilities were previously made available on Monday, November 18, 2019.

“When the Office of Marijuana Policy was established by the Mills Administration in February, we committed to making adult use applications available by the end of the year,” said OMP Director Erik Gundersen. “In the months since, we have worked diligently to accomplish this goal, including spending the last month accepting and processing the Individual Identification Card (IIC) applications of prospective licensees and individuals hoping to work in the new industry. With today’s action, we have made good on our commitment to an industry and public that have been waiting for nearly three years for this moment.”

At its highest level, the process of becoming licensed in the State of Maine’s adult use marijuana program takes three steps: conditional licensure, local authorization, and active licensure, respectively. The conditional licensure process consists of several requirements that must be satisfied prior to acceptance of a completed application, including certain individuals obtaining an IIC.

OMP began accepting IIC applications in early November, a process which includes fingerprinting and state and federal criminal history records checks. Since that time, 400 applications have been received. By the close of business today, 146 cards will be issued to prospective licensees and employees in Maine’s adult use program.

All individuals working in or for a licensed marijuana establishment who possess, cultivate, manufacture, package, test, dispense, transfer, serve, handle, or transport marijuana or marijuana products are required to have an OMP-issued IIC.

“Our staggered rollout of applications has allowed OMP to spend the last four weeks addressing the concerns of industry stakeholders and answering their questions relating to the application process,” added Gundersen. “Similar to our rulemaking work, this process has been exceedingly helpful in allowing our office to establish meaningful relationships with the very individuals we will be licensing and regulating.”

Once all application forms, required attachments, and criminal history record checks are received and deemed complete, OMP has 90 days to either deny the conditional license or issue a non-renewable conditional license valid for one year. If needed, a provision included in the Marijuana Legalization Act by the Maine Legislature allows OMP to utilize up to six months when it first begins accepting and processing adult use applications.

For a conditional license holder to be eligible for an active license they must seek local authorization. Municipalities have 90 days—and in some instances an additional 90 days—to respond to a licensee’s request for local authorization. Once local authorization is received, OMP will request supplemental information and updated documentation from the applicant before they would be eligible to obtain an active license.

A licensee that has been issued a conditional license by the department may not engage in the cultivation, manufacture, testing or sale of adult use marijuana or adult use marijuana products until the department has issued an active license.

Applications are available through the OMP website (https://www.maine.gov/dafs/omp/adult-use/applications-forms/).

The Mills Administration created OMP within DAFS in February 2019. The Office is responsible for the oversight of all aspects of legalized marijuana, including Maine's existing Medical Use of Marijuana Program.

Hemp License Applications for Indoor and Outdoor Growing Now Open!

The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry is pleased to announce that it is now accepting license applications to grow hemp both indoors and outdoors. Application forms can be found on the hemp program webpage and are due at least 30 days before the anticipated date of planting.
Two proposed rule changes not implemented were an increase in the outdoor license acreage fee from $50 to $100/acre and using 0.3 % total THC content instead of delta9-THC only as the defining line between hemp and marijuana.
The Department listened to growers and others during the public comment period of the rule making process. The message was clear; 2020 is not the year to increase fees. The outdoor license acreage fee will remain at $50/acre.

Public feedback was also overwhelmingly in favor of keeping the definition of hemp as a Cannabis sativa L. plant that contains not more than 0.3% delta-9-THC only. Maine will continue to use the 0.3 % delta-9-THC only measurement at least through October 31, 2020, when a USDA-approved program will have to begin.

Three other proposed changes were included in the final rule. The first is unlimited licenses for indoor hemp. The fee for an indoor license will be $500.00 plus $0.25 per square foot of growing area. Being able to grow hemp crops in greenhouses and other indoor structures year-round is an option many Maine farmers have wanted since hemp growing became legal in Maine in 2016.

Another change that did get implemented was a rolling application process. Instead of only being able to apply during the January 1 - April 1 window, applications will be accepted year-round. No longer will all licenses expire at the end of the calendar year; hemp licenses will expire 365 days after the date of issue. When to apply is up to the grower but should be at least 30 days before their anticipated planting date.

The third change that remains in the final rule is the $20,000 cap on licensing agreement fees for either indoor or outdoor licenses separately.

For more information on Maine's hemp licensing program, including the revised Chapter 274, Rules for Growing Hemp, visit https://www.maine.gov/dacf/php/hemp/.

There is also an all-day educational opportunity on March 6 about growing hemp in Maine that is being hosted by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension. To register, go to https://extension.umaine.edu/agriculture/growing-hemp-in-maine/

REMINDER... Hearings on Monday


Monday: 2/10/2020


L.D. 1081 An Act To Impose Further Restrictions on where Marijuana May Be Smoked

L.D. 2002 An Act To Improve Compliance with Department of Administrative and Financial Services, Office of Marijuana Policy Registration and Licensure Requirements

L.D. 2091 An Act To Amend the Marijuana Legalization Act and Make Other Implementing Changes

Karen Montell, Committee Clerk Tele: 287-1310
All meetings are held in State House, Room 437 unless otherwise noted.

Press Release from OMP, Maine Office of Marijuana Policy


Maine Cannabis Regulators Execute Agreement with Metrc for Marijuana Track and Trace Services

State, industry stakeholders will utilize Metrc as the turnkey solution for end-to-end tracking and tracing of marijuana products.

AUGUSTA - Today, the Office of Marijuana Policy announced the execution of a six-year contract for marijuana track and trace services with Metrc LLC. OMP will deploy Metrc, the nation's leading solution for cannabis governance. Metrc is a cloud-based software product which will utilize radio-frequency identification (RFID) tags to track the growth and distribution of marijuana and marijuana products throughout Maine.

The service will be deployed in Maine's emerging adult use marijuana program. The state is just months away from legal adult use retail sales, a milestone expected to occur this spring. Following the successful launch of Metrc, OMP and Metrc will shift their focus to introducing the track and trace solution to Maine's existing medical marijuana program.

"We are excited to partner with Metrc," said OMP Director Erik Gundersen. "Metrc is an industry leader, and their team is committed to delivering a product that will allow us to proceed with the launch of our adult use program later this spring."

Over the course of the next several months, OMP and Metrc will engage with industry stakeholders through several avenues to familiarize them with the new system. Starting in mid- to late-March, regional roadshows will be conducted throughout Maine to provide future adult use licensees with a high-level introduction to Metrc and a platform to have their questions and concerns addressed. Following this, Metrc will offer online trainings and evaluations before issuing credentials to prospective licensees. Specific roadshow dates and venues will be announced as details are finalized in the coming weeks.

"We're excited to partner with the OMP to help launch the state's adult-use marijuana market," said Metrc CEO Jeff Wells. "2020 is another significant year for cannabis industry growth, and we look forward to serving the OMP, local cannabis businesses, and the people of Maine."

With the signed contract in place, Metrc will now serve as the track and trace provider for 13 states and the District of Columbia, including regulatory trailblazers such as Colorado, Oregon, and Alaska. In addition, Metrc is already utilized in New England, serving as the track and trace software for the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission.

The resulting agreement with Metrc is a six-year contract valued at $540,000. Adult use license holders will be responsible for a $40 monthly license fee to access Metrc's online system. The fee also supports ongoing industry training and technical support. Plant tag and packaging label fees are $0.45 each and $0.25 each, respectively.

Additional information on the deployment of Metrc to Maine's existing medical marijuana program and the obligations of registered caregivers and dispensaries will be announced at a later date.

MMCM 2010-2020 10 Year Anniversary!

Who is MMCM?

In 2010, Medical Marijuana Caregivers of Maine was one of the first volunteer trade associations organized in the United States and dedicated itself to the support and promotion of safe access to medical marijuana. MMCM continues to advocate for patient rights and access to safe, quality, cannabis medicines and the caregivers who provide for them. MMCM also developed a training program for those who wish to participate in Maines’ cannabis programs to help them stay in compliance and to promote safe practices. Education, Advocacy and Legislation is their motto.


MMCM History

In 1999, Maine became the fifth state in the country to legalize cannabis for medicinal use.

Voters then passed a Citizens Medical Marijuana Initiative in 2009 allowing patients who have a doctor’s certification to purchase medicinal cannabis from a registered caregiver or dispensary.

Following the passage of this Medical Marijuana Initiative, MMCM was formed as a Trade Association in 2010 to provide advocacy and education for patients, caregivers and the public.

While implementing the Citizens Initiative, the Maine Legislature made major changes before passing it into law in 2010, including a ban on outdoor cultivation, removal of legal protections for patients, and requiring all patients be registered with the State.

In response to these dramatic changes, MMCM became active at the State House and in 2011 intentions of the Citizens Initiative were restored.

MMCM continued to work to improve Maine’s Medical Marijuana Laws and our medical program became voted the best in the country by Americans for Safe Access.

MMCM developed an education program to teach the Maine Medical Laws to patients, caregivers and others interested in the Program. Best business practices was the second class started to ensure compliance with the Medical Program, Taxes and Labor Laws.

However, once again there are State Officials, Legislatures and Lobbyists for other interests pushing legislation and rules that go against the intent of the people, patients and providers in our State legal programs.

Through education, drafting legislation, lobbying and mobilizing efforts, MMCM and our wider community members have been, and will continue to be instrumental in defending the medical program during this time of change as cannabis is: “legalized”.

MMCM Cancellations

Thank you for your support and understanding during this difficult time...we will all get through this...be healthy and safe!


All MMCM Network meetings will be cancelled until further notice...


MMCM Classess scheduled for March 24th will be cancelled and will be re-scheduled at a later date...

MMCM will not be scheduling their Annual Members Meeting Event at this time...

All Legislative meetings will be closed down until further notice...

The MMCM office will be closed, however, you can still make contact through the MMCM website (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and phone voice mail (207-596-3501). Someone will be screening emails and calls periodically.


OMP UPDATE Tuesday March 24th, 2020


Office of Marijuana Policy Issues Guidance in Response to COVID-19 

In light of ongoing developments regarding the 2019 novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) and the resulting coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), the Maine Office of Marijuana Policy (OMP) has issued new guidance to Maine Medical Marijuana Program (MMMP) registrants and prospective and conditional Adult Use Marijuana Program (AUMP) licensees.

Highlights include the following:

  • Background on State Actions Related to COVID-19
    • Caregivers and Dispensaries Classified as "Other Medical Facilities"
  • Guidance on Cleanliness and Sanitation
    • Review Standard Operating Procedures
      • Cleaning and Sterilization Improvements
      • Encouraging and Facilitating Social Distancing
    • State and Federal Guidance
    • Accommodating Immunocompromised and At-risk Patients
  • Guidance on OMP Operations
    • Limiting in-person Interaction OMP
    • MMMP Employment Applications
    • AUMP Application Processing
    • AUMP Spring Launch Date
  • Conclusion

References and Useful Resources

OMP UPDATE Wednesday, March 25th, 2020


Metrc Application Programming Interface (API) Now Available

Intended for developers, an API allows third-party software companies to interface with the State of Maine's track and trace portal, should they choose to do so.

Interested developers may find the API documentation on the Metrc website (https://www.metrc.com/maine ) under "Integration & API".

LD 1545 Signed Into Law by Governor Mills

Early last week, in response to COVID-19, the Second Regular Session of the 129th Maine Legislature adjourned approximately one month ahead of schedule.

LD 1545, An Act Regarding the Collection of Samples for Testing of Adult Use Marijuana and Adult Use Marijuana Products, passed both chambers before the conclusion of the session and was signed into law by Governor Mills on March 23. The legislation is effective immediately and is chaptered as PL 2019, ch. 676.

This new law authorizes the licensure and operation of sample collectors to collect samples of marijuana and marijuana products for testing by adult use marijuana testing facilities. It also authorizes an adult use establishment to self-sample their inventory for mandatory testing and deliver those samples to a marijuana testing facility through October 1, 2021. The existing permission for marijuana testing facilities to collect samples directly from adult use establishments remains unchanged. 

OMP has already begun drafting the rules necessary to implement these new testing permissions.

Read the Law (HTML): PL 2019, ch. 676

ICYMI: OMP Issues Guidance Memorandum on COVID-19

Yesterday, the Maine Office of Marijuana Policy issued new guidance to Maine Medical Marijuana Program registrants and prospective and conditional Adult Use Marijuana Program (AUMP) licensees on the 2019 novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) and the resulting coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Caregivers and dispensaries have been deemed essential and are exempt from COVID-19-related closures based on their classification as "other medical facilities". Registrants should heed the directives of state and local officials relative to any new restrictions on hours of operation.

Read (PDF): Memorandum on Coronavirus (COVID-19) Civil Emergency
Read (HTML): Memorandum on Coronavirus (COVID-19) Civil Emergency 



We are all going through this tough journey and trying to stay positive.  We want to be able to figure out the best ways to help our communities adapt to this new  environment that we are living.  We would like to thank our Members, Caregivers, Patients and all of our supporters!

Reminding everyone who is in need of help or information, to reach out,  we will try to find and share any  resources to support these needs.  Our Office in Winthrop will be temporarily closed until this pandemic is over, however, we can still be reached at our email address, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as well as responding through our Facebook page..


We will not be having our Network meetings at this time, so we will try to keep everyone informed of any important messages regarding our medical cannabis world.  We will continue to send out our  "Constant  Contact Blasts"

Of course we had to cancel the planning of an Informational.. regarding the  Insurance Program we are offering.   If anyone has an interest in the  Supplement Insurance Program being offered...if you are a member, please send an email and phone number.  We will have an agent call you to be able to set up an appointment via telephone. 

If you would like to become a member..please call the office @ 207-596-3501 and leave a message and Cheryl will call you back to be able to register you over the phone with a credit card.  You may also become a member by going to our website  http://mmcm-online.org/  and paying through PayPal.

We will work through this together....So stay strong,  Be Safe and please stay Connected!

Thank you again for your support!

The Staff at Medical Marijuana Caregivers of Maine!

OMP Adopts Remote Compliance Inspections in Effort to Further Enhance Social Distancing Precautions


The Office of Marijuana Policy (OMP) continues to monitor developments regarding the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and make adjustments, as necessary, to its operations to support the recommendations of public health experts. The public's health, safety, and well-being are always our top priority.

Effective immediately, OMP will suspend in-person Maine Medical Marijuana Program (MMMP) field inspections in favor of inspections performed remotely by telephone, e-mail, or video conference.

In-depth interviews will be conducted by OMP compliance staff, and we will seek to obtain as much supporting documentation as possible from MMMP registrants. For example, OMP will request images of all applicable permits, licenses, certifications, files, logs, and records. We appreciate your understanding and efforts as we adjust to this new arrangement.

Reminder Regarding Qualifying Patient Certifications

Under the Maine Medical Use of Marijuana Act, medical providers registered with MMMP are able to provide certifications to patients that are "likely to receive therapeutic or palliative benefit from the medical use of marijuana...".

To be considered a qualifying patient in Maine's medical program and to conduct lawful sales as a MMMP registrant, the purchaser must possess a valid patient certification. A patient certification is only valid if it is issued on "tamper-resistant paper signed by a medical provider...". OMP provides registered medical providers with the state's tamper-resistant patient certification paper at no cost.

Temporary and/or digital medical marijuana cards are not an acceptable form of identification for the purposes of obtaining marijuana for medical use in Maine.

Contacting OMP During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Despite adjustments to our normal business operations, OMP continues functioning at full capacity. As a reminder, current MMMP registrants and prospective and conditional Adult Use Marijuana Program (AUMP) licensees may continue to interact with the office in a variety of ways:

  • Online: https://www.maine.gov/dafs/omp/  
  • Email
    • Licensing: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    • Compliance: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Phone: (207) 287-3282
  • Mail: 162 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0162

MMMP-related applications and payments may be sent via the United States Postal Service or other common courier. AUMP applications-both individual identification cards and facility applications-are available online and payment may be remitted by mail. Tracking options are available to ensure delivery of your correspondence.  

Latest Changes from OMP regarding trip tickets


Trip Ticket Form Revised

In response to helpful feedback received from Maine Medical Use of Marijuana Program (MMMP) registrants, the Office of Marijuana Policy (OMP) has revised the recently released trip ticket form. Most notably, the form has been condensed to one page from two, with a user able to fit several lines of text in Section 3 before necessitating a second page. 

MMMP registrants may use either version of the form. As a reminder, the use of OMP-issued trip tickets becomes mandatory starting on July 1, 2020.

Read the Communication: MMMP Letter on Trip Tickets and Operational Adjustments 

OMP Completes Emergency Adoption of Marijuana Sample Collection Rules, Proposes Routine Technical Adoption

Earlier today, OMP completed emergency rulemaking related to the sample collection of marijuana and marijuana products. Completion of this important work establishes additional administrative regulations by which samples of marijuana and marijuana products can be collected for Maine's forthcoming adult use industry.

The rulemaking activity was necessitated following changes to state law resulting from Public Laws 2019, Chapter 676. Governor Janet T. Mills signed LD 1545, An Act Regarding the Collection of Samples for Testing of Adult Use Marijuana and Adult Use Marijuana Products, into law on March 23, 2020.

The rules were emergency adopted and are effective until at least Tuesday, September 22, 2020. The new regulations can be found in 18-691 C.M.R. ch. 1, the Adult Use Marijuana Program Rule, and 18-691 C.M.R. ch. 5, the Rules for the Certification of Marijuana Testing Facilities.  

Simultaneous to their emergency adoption, OMP has proposed to complete routine technical rulemaking that will make these additions permanent. A public hearing is scheduled via Zoom for Wednesday, July 29, 2020 at 10:00AM EDT. A link will be sent out to participants prior to the date of the public hearing. Interested parties should contact OMP if they would like to attend or participate in the public hearing. OMP will be accepting public comments from now until 5:00PM EDT on Monday, August 10, 2020.


Read the Press Release: Maine Marijuana Regulators Introduce New Sampling Regulations to Streamline Adult Use Testing Process 

As Adult Use Launch Approaches, Track and Trace Credentialing Poised to Begin


dnesday, Office of Marijuana Policy Director Erik Gundersen appeared before the State of Maine's Revenue Forecasting Committee to provide an update on the work of the office. Director Gundersen told forecasters to expect the first tax revenues from adult use establishments in 2020.

At present, we continue to engage in discussions related to testing capacity, safety precautions necessitated by the current health pandemic, the anticipated supply chain, and necessary lead times for businesses to commence operations. We expect that the few outstanding details related to these discussions will lead to a formal announcement later this month of our plans for the active licensure of adult use establishments and introduction retail sales to consumers.

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This means it is more important than ever for prospective adult use establishments to complete Metrc's training and to prepare for track and trace credentialing. Training is available through the Metrc website at: https://www.metrc.com/maine. The link to register appears below OMP's logo as "Schedule Training Now". In order to register for training, stakeholders must hold a valid OMP-issued Individual Identification Card and be associated with an establishment that has obtained a conditional license.

The successful completion of Metrc's new business training course and comprehension test by a licensee's track and trace administrator—and the corresponding issuance of login credentials—are part of the supplemental information phase required to obtain an active license.

Please note: Once Metrc production credentials are issued, adult use establishments will begin paying their $40 a month license fee to Metrc. This monthly fee includes unlimited training and support from Metrc. 

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Update on Maine Medical Use of Marijuana Program

Processing of MMMP Registry Identification Card Applications
In response to the ongoing public health pandemic, OMP continues to prioritize the processing of caregiver assistant and dispensary employee applications within the Maine Medical Use of Marijuana Program (MMMP). Due to a significant increase in volume, in most cases, the processing time of these applications has increased to two weeks. 

As a reminder, registered caregivers seeking to continue operating within the MMMP must submit their renewal applications at least 30 days prior to the expiration of their existing credential.

Forthcoming Track and Trace Deployment
As OMP gets closer to launching the adult use program and its corresponding track and trace component, MMMP registrants should be aware that focus will begin to shift to introducing Metrc to the medical program. Additional information on the deployment of Metrc to Maine’s existing medical marijuana program and the obligations of registered caregivers, dispensaries, and manufacturing facilities will be available soon, but registrants should be prepared for the possibility of a late 2020 introduction of medical track and trace.
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By the Numbers: Adult Use Marijuana Establishment Applications
A chart showing the distribution and license status by adult use establishment type.

As of Monday, August 3, 2020, OMP has 178 establishments in conditional status—29 of which have obtained local authorization—and 173 adult use establishment applications pending. Critically, of the three marijuana testing facilities that have applied to serve Maine’s adult use industry, all have obtained their conditional licenses, with one, Nelson Analytical Labs in Kennebunk, obtaining local authorization.

In addition, OMP has issued 884 active individual identification cards to individuals interested in participating in Maine’s adult use program. Further, we have 405 applications pending and have denied a total of three applications.

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OMP Conducts Public Hearing on Marijuana Sample Collection Rules

A screen capture showing a portion of the virtual public hearing.

On Wednesday, OMP conducted its first-ever rulemaking public hearing via Zoom. The topic of the public hearing was OMP's proposal to permanently adopt new regulations in 18-691 C.M.R. ch. 1, the Adult Use Marijuana Program Rule, and 18-691 C.M.R. ch. 5, the Rules for the Certification of Marijuana Testing Facilities, related to the collections of samples of marijuana and marijuana products for testing in the adult use program.
The rulemaking activity was necessitated following changes to state law resulting from Public Laws 2019, Chapter 676. Governor Janet T. Mills signed LD 1545, An Act Regarding the Collection of Samples for Testing of Adult Use Marijuana and Adult Use Marijuana Products, into law on March 23, 2020.

The public comment period for this rulemaking continues until 5:00PM EDT on Monday, August 10, 2020.

Regulators Issue Public Reminders as Recreational Marijuana Sales Poised to Begin in Maine

Actively licensed adult use marijuana stores may begin retail sales to the public on or after October 9, 2020.

 AUGUSTA - With the very first lawful sales of adult use marijuana poised to begin on Friday, October 9, regulators with the Office of Marijuana Policy-a part of the Maine Department of Administrative and Financial Services-are taking the opportunity to reinforce important guidance.

Interested consumers are reminded of public health precautions necessitated by the current pandemic and are encouraged to demonstrate patience with marijuana retailers as they implement these safety measures. OMP collaborated with the Maine Department of Health and Human Services' Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development to make a COVID-19 checklist for adult use licensees. Retail customers can expect to be required to wear face coverings and maintain adequate social distancing while waiting in line or shopping in-store.

A complete list of COVID-19-related guidance and recommendations is available on the OMP website: https://www.maine.gov/dafs/omp/resources/guidance-documents  

In addition, due to the public interest in this weekend's milestone and to alleviate any confusion for those not well-versed in Maine's cannabis laws, the office offers the following key considerations.   

  1. It's Good to Know. 'Good to Know' is an educational campaign developed by the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention to help Mainers safely, legally and responsibly navigate our state's legal marijuana landscape. Interested consumers may wish to brush up on the laws of Maine related to the possession and use of adult use marijuana, important health considerations, and steps parents can take to prevent youth use and access.

    For more information: https://www.goodtoknowmaine.com/

    2. Be a Responsible Consumer. It is important that program licensees and consumers demonstrate restraint and respect for the law.
  • You must be 21 years old. Like alcohol and tobacco, you must be 21 years of age or older to possess and use adult use marijuana. As with those substances, never transfer marijuana to a minor.
  • With edibles, start low and take it slow. Edibles can be more potent than other kinds of marijuana. The effects of edible marijuana can take up to four hours to peak after consumption.
  • Don't mix substances. Mixing marijuana with alcohol or prescription drugs can be dangerous. Alcohol and marijuana at the same time is likely to result in greater impairment than when using either one alone. Also, be aware of the effect marijuana can have on prescription drugs. Ask your doctor if marijuana could interfere with your prescribed medication.
  • Identify a designated driver. Do not operate a vehicle or heavy equipment while under the influence of marijuana.
  • Public space is not the place. Marijuana may not be consumed in public. Be respectful of secondhand smoke when using on private property.
  • What's bought here, stays here. Federally, marijuana remains illegal. As a result, marijuana may not cross state or international boundaries.
  1. Universal Symbol. In Maine, use of a universal symbol is required by adult use marijuana licensees. For product packaging and labeling, the symbol must appear on the front or most predominantly displayed area of the marketing layer.

To deploy Maine's universal symbol, OMP chose to partner with the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission to unveil the first-ever shared universal symbol for marijuana and marijuana products. The symbol-which has already been successfully used in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts-features a red triangle above text reading "CONTAINS THC". Centered within the triangle is a black marijuana leaf superimposed on a field of white. THC is the common acronym for tetrahydrocannabinol, the psychoactive compound found in marijuana.

4. Adult Use vs. Medical Use. Maine is home to both an existing medical marijuana program and a nascent adult use industry. The medical program serves patients, while Maine's new adult use industry will service consumers 21 years of age and older. Adult use marijuana and medical marijuana may not be dispensed from the same facility. Unless they have changed their license type or have a separate retail facility, existing caregiver retail stores and medical marijuana dispensaries are limited to selling marijuana and marijuana products to patients with valid medical marijuana credentials in their possession.

The adult use program requires mandatory testing at a licensed facility before product ends up on retail shelves. In addition, there are stringent labeling requirements and consumers need only a valid, government-issued photographic identification card to complete a purchase.

Since the inauguration of Governor Janet Mills in January 2019 and the corresponding establishment of OMP in February 2019, the Department of Administrative and Financial Services has been working to honor the will of Maine voters by implementing the licensing and regulatory framework required by the Marijuana Legalization Act.

The State of Maine first made adult use applications available on December 5, 2019; the first conditional licenses were issued on March 13, 2020. OMP was on pace for a spring 2020 launch of adult use before the COVID-19 pandemic necessitated the postponement of these plans. The first active licenses were issued to adult use establishments on Tuesday, September 8, 2020. Actively licensed adult use marijuana stores may begin retail sales to the public on or after October 9, 2020.

OMP is responsible for the oversight of all aspects of legalized marijuana, including Maine's existing Medical Use of Marijuana Program.

Home Grown Maine Trade Show & EXPO


Where as we were not able to have our June HGM Trade Show & EXPO this year due to the Coronavirus.... We would like to offer a


2020 Christmas Event on the website!


Where you can see the "Christmas Special" each of the vendors of the event has to offer. You will be able to click over to their website to purchase, or receive a "code" to use for the "Christmas Special" they are offering in their retail store.   The Ads for each Vendor will be up on the website by December 1st, 2020.

Everyone, please stay Safe & Healthy during the Holiday. Hopefully we will be able to entertain everyone next year with our ...


"2021 HGM Trade Show & EXPO"

*Vendors interested in participation please call the office 207-596-3501 (Mon-Wed 10am - 4pm)

Energy Efficiency Rebates Now Available to Maine Cannabis Licensees


Marijuana establishments licensed and registered with the Office of Marijuana (OMP) can now access the Efficiency Maine (EM) energy efficiency incentive program. The program, which has long been available to Maine residents and commercial customers, recently expanded to included cannabis-based operations. EM offers cash incentives for the purchase and installation of energy-efficient equipment.

Cannabis businesses can access the program by directly purchasing pre-discounted equipment, such as heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems and lighting commonly used in conventional commercial or industrial settings. More complex projects commonly found in cannabis cultivation operations must go through EM’s custom program, where EM staff will provide a rebate based on their assessment of the project’s overall benefits and project viability.

Custom program customers can receive 50 percent of the total cost for equipment replacement projects or 75 percent of the incremental cost between a basic project and a more efficient one. Equipment eligible for a rebate can include a range of energy-saving technologies, including horticultural lighting, HVAC, lighting and HVAC controls, and onsite power generation. The custom program maxes out at $1 million per project, which should satisfy all but the most ambitious cannabis projects.

For more information, visit www.EfficiencyMaine.com or read this useful piece on EnlightenYourGrow.com from Climate Resources Group, a cannabis energy and sustainability firm.

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Mills Administration Announces New Measures to Prevent Spread of COVID-19

On Sunday, the Office of Governor Janet T. Mills announced COVID-19-related measures that extend the "Keep Maine Healthy Program", reset indoor gathering limits, postpone the reopening of bars, and amend some travel protocols.

Effective Wednesday, November 4, indoor gatherings will return to a maximum of 50 people, regardless of capacity. The gathering limit on outdoor activities remains at 100 people under existing guidelines, with physical distancing and the use of face coverings. Occupancy limits for retail establishments will remain at 5 people per 1,000 square feet of shopping space.


Following Adult Use Launch, OMP Issues Memo Clarifying Various Program Requirements


Today, OMP Director Erik Gundersen sent a memorandum to current and prospective licensees in the Adult Use Marijuana Program (AUMP). In the interest of providing a clear and consistent understanding of program rules, the communication reaffirmed several compliance-related requirements within the AUMP.


By the Numbers: Adult Use Licensing Snapshot


On Thursday, OMP issued a new active cultivation license within the AUMP.

In other licensing news, on Friday, OMP also issued 22 conditional licenses to adult use facilities. These newly-licensed entities include 12 marijuana stores, five cultivation facilities, and five products manufacturing facilities.

Current license and applicant numbers are as follows:

  • Active: 26
  • Local Authorization: 44
  • Conditional: 240
  • Pending: 160

After nearly two months of issuing and announcing adult use active licenses on a rolling basis, OMP will transition to announcing active licenses in batches.


All MMCM Classes are cancelled...due to power outages!


All MMCM Classes  are cancelled...due to power outages!     We will reschedule in January after the Holidays.

Medical Pot Is Now Maine's Most Valuable Crop

Cannabis has become the state’s most valuable agricultural products.

According to sales tax information, medical cannabis alone generated an estimated $222 million dollars in sales through October of this year, with strong sales expected through the fourth quarter as well.

“And it’s not surprising — we’ve known this for a long time,” says Catherine Lewis, board chair for the Medical Marijuana Caregivers of Maine Trade Association.

Lewis says it has been a challenge to get an accurate assessment of the industry as an economic driver for Maine. Only last year did the state begin to record sales tax ID numbers on each caregiver’s application, so that revenue could be tracked more accurately.

And she says some tweaks made in 2018 to how the industry operates have bolstered growth.

“Allowing for better business practices. Allowing caregivers to have employees. Allowing caregivers to open storefronts. Allowing caregivers to wholesale to each other. It allowed for real business,” Lewis says.

And she says the pandemic does not appear to be harming medical cannabis sales.

“Many storefronts are reporting increased sales, whereas other industries are quite the opposite,” Lewis says.

Lewis says some of her clients have had less money to spend this year, but others have been able to use the products more often because they’re working from home, and she says many Mainers are seeking relief from pain conditions, stress and anxiety during the pandemic.

Lewis says sales are also being bolstered by the addition of hemp products such as CBD.

Meanwhile, Maine’s new adult-use marijuana industry is just getting off the ground and has generated about $1.4 million in sales in its first month, according to the Office of Marijuana Policy.

Read the full article here: https://www.mainepublic.org/post/medical-pot-now-maines-most-valuable-crop

Dec 8, 2020

What Happened at the meeting with OMP?

Catherine Lewis, MMCM met with OMP on the 14th of January to discuss the Medical Use Draft Rules that  were released earlier in the week.  The meeting was productive, they did listen to her and others and asked questions.  We would like  to set up another meeting, which we are waiting back to hear from them in regards to a date and time.

If you had the chance to read the draft and have pieces of the rule that are important to you, please send us an email…we do not want to miss any concerns.  Again, please email any concerns, so we may share with all groups

Catherine also met with Dawson Julia, Cannabis Coalition and Mark Barnett, Maine Craft Cannabis.  Together we want to ensure rules put forth by the state will enhance not eliminate!

Watch for new information as we follow through with these meetings to share with you ways to participate in helping.

Another surprise…

Monday, 1/25/21 9:00am,   Legislature is showing  on the schedule

For  “Veterans and Legal Affairs” having a Committee meeting with the Department of Administrative & Financial Services, Office of Marijuana Policy (OMP)

If you are a member of the public and wish to observe the committee meeting, please connect to the Committee’s YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrvfi88SlVram_puSIkm3Fw.

They are trying to move the Medical Program from DHHS to VLA.  This is where BABLO is-

This is where Veterans issues are- This is where the Lottery and Alcohol programs are-

This is NOT where medicine, the medical program should be!




Please become a member of MMCM, get involved, get more exclusive information

We need to fight in numbers.  JOIN US!   Call the office for more info 207-596-3501

Sharing OMP Newsletter article

opportunity for individuals to provide feedback to OMP on revisions to the medical rule.

State Marijuana Regulators Propose Medical Rules to Mirror State Law 

Virtual public hearing scheduled for March 22, 2021.


AUGUSTA – Today, the state’s cannabis regulators at the Office of Marijuana Policy announced intentions to bring Maine’s Medical Use of Marijuana Program regulations into congruence with current state law. OMP has filed a formal “proposed rule” with the Secretary of State and will now conduct a public hearing and a written public comment period per the Maine Administrative Procedures Act, the standard process for implementing laws administered by a state agency.

“We received more than 1,500 comments from the public prior to drafting the proposed rule, many of which were incorporated, and we look forward to engaging with interested members of the public once again during this process,” said Erik Gundersen, Director of Maine’s Office of Marijuana Policy. “Our rulemaking efforts are focused on protecting patients, public health and community safety while bringing the medical program’s rules into alignment with current law. The proposed rules are firmly rooted in the foundational legislation, as well as national best practices, and are informed by two years of OMP fieldwork and stakeholder engagement with public health experts, public safety officials, municipal leaders and a broad representation of industry members.”

The Maine Medical Use of Marijuana Act has been amended by at least eight separate pieces of major legislation since the rules were last revised in February 2018. Aligning MMMP administrative regulations to reflect current law is good governance that ensures that program registrants, municipalities, and public health and safety officials have a shared understanding of current program requirements.

The public hearing, scheduled for Monday, March 22, 2021, will serve as the second opportunity for individuals to provide feedback to OMP on revisions to the medical rule. In January, the Office released a preliminary draft of the rule, which elicited feedback from more than 1,000 stakeholders that OMP reviewed and considered to create the current version of the proposed rule.

Due to COVID-19, the public hearing will be hosted via Zoom. The hearing will begin at 9:00AM EDT and conclude when interested members of the public complete their testimony. Interested parties must pre-register in advance of the public hearing beginning and may do so via: https://www.maine.gov/dafs/omp/medical-use/rules-statutes/rulemaking. Registration will close 30 minutes prior to the beginning of the hearing. Those interested in watching the public hearing but not participating in the proceedings may do so without registering via OMP’s YouTube Channel.

In addition to the public hearing, the Office will begin accepting written public comments from now until 5:00PM EDT on Thursday, April 1, 2021. More information on the proposed rule and the public comment period is available on the OMP website.

Once the public comment period concludes, regulators will review and consider all feedback received, make appropriate revisions to the proposed rule, and complete final adoption.

2020 Christmas SPECIAL Event. We have not forgotten

We extended the Event until March 31st, 2021. Watch for the announcement

of  the Winners of the raffle/drawing coming soon!

MMCM May 2021 Misunderstandings and Misperceptions Rule making Update

Attached you will find a letter from Office of Marijuana Policy (OMP) Director Erik Gundersen to Maine Medical Use of Marijuana Program (MMMP) registrants regarding current rulemaking relative to the medical program.

Highlights include the following:

  • Links to past correspondence.
  • Public comment period update.
  • Correcting claims made about the proposed rule.

Please take the time to review this correspondence. A copy of this letter and the ones it references can be found on the OMP website: https://www.maine.gov/dafs/omp/resources/guidance-documents.

Please  Click here to read the letter showing   Claims and Facts…….


Attention: Taxpayers, Tax Professionals, Accountants, and Attorneys


2021 State Tax Symposium

Presented by Maine Revenue Services

Webinar for State of Maine tax updates and agency highlights

♦   Thursday, September 23, 2021 (8:00am – 5:00pm)

♦   Conducted through the ZOOM virtual platform

♦   9.6 hours of CPEs and 8.0 hours CLEs will be available*

♦   Attendance fee only $10

Stay tuned for more event details and registration information

Please forward questions to Michael Fortin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Medical Marijuana Bills have passed. This is a benefit to all Caregivers & Patients

Published by Catherine Lewis  

Im happy to share that LD1242 was passed as an emergency bill and is now law. It establishes guidelines that the OMP must follow when creating rules to oversee the medical program. They must work with program participants and be overseen by the Legislature.  

LD 939 Passed as non-emergency legislation and allows individuals aged 18-21 to work for family members as caregiver assistants (until this bill the minimum age was 21or over). It also makes a caregiver assistant's card valid for 1 year even if they work for other caregivers.  

Allows use of a digital patient certification to start a transaction, however original must be verified in person. Allows digital marketing as long as there is an opt out feature and is used for 21+ only. This bill reduces the time needed to maintain records from 7-4 years. It also eliminates the annual audit requirement. It allows caregivers to wholesale 100 percent of flower grown instead of 75/25. These new allowances take effect in 90 days. 

For months a group of dedicated individuals from multiple organizations worked together talking to our Representatives and Senators, members of the department and others to help move this and other bills forward.  

I personally was only able to be present part of the time due to multiple projects. I have to say how grateful I am for one of our other board members (Eddie Dugay) who was able to be there when I wasn't. And even more importantly members of The Cannabis Coalition, Maine Children for Cannabis Therapy, Maine Growers Group and Maine Craft Cannabis Association worked side by side as a team to get this done! Teamwork Makes the Dream Work. No egos, only the lifting up of each other and doing what's best for the collective whole. I'm so excited to see what this next year brings with everyone working together. 

Catherine Lewis 

Board Chair 

Press Release MMCM now a member of the newly formed "The Cannabis Council of Maine"


"2020 online HGM Christmas Trade Show & EXPO" Raffle winners

 Our  1st  Home Grown Maine Trade Show  was in November of 2011

2011-2021 10 Year Anniversary!

We missed 2021 so let's celebrate this year!   

and for the WInners of the raffle sign up we had...lets do this write up.


Our Apology to folks that signed up for the "2020 online HGM Christmas Trade Show & EXPO" Raffle

The list of 12 Winners below..Please call the MMCM office  (207) 596-3501 to claim your prize!

Lisa Spagnuolo

Angel Wall

Robert Foster Daffin

Angela S. Lawrence  

Tom Fields 

Patty Keay

Renee Lewis

Monica Theriault

Mary M Parrish

Tommy J Parrish

Tina ?

How Proud are WE ?


Medical Marijuana Caregivers of Maine

We were awarded

“Best New England Cannabis Non-profit"

     On Friday evening September 10th, in Boston at the NECANN Event, Catherine & Glenn Lewis and Shanna Souza attended and was surprised to be given these awards. Glenn Lewis, also received a “Lifetime Achievement Award”.  Well deserved Glenn!  We all work hard here at MMCM to continue the fight to protect patients and caregivers rights... and we couldn’t do it without the support of all our Members and Supporters!



10th Annual HGM Trade Show & EXPO

Our 10th Annual HGM Trade Show & EXPO went well considering COVID & Below zero weather. You can see channel 13 news Report, as well as a few pictures taken by Roger Leisner, The Maine Paparazzi. 

The Vendors were happy to finally get their new products out there, and the people certainly enjoyed seeing what was out there. I had great feedback from everyone, which I am happy to say “ We will be having another show in August of this year…   AUGUST 12, 13 & 14th, 2022

Watch for more information coming soon

Click here     https://the-maine-paparazzi-roger.smugmug.com/MMCM/220115-MMCM-HomeGrownMaine-AugustaCivicCenter/

Home Grown Maine, the annual Medical Marijuana Caregivers of Maine trade show, was held at the Augusta Civic Center on Saturday, January 15, 2022. The first cold day of the winter (zero all day with high winds) and the continuing Covid Crisis, kept attendance low. About 400 hearty Maine cannabis fans visited the 30 plus vendors the first day of the weekend event.

CPA & CFO Christine De Angelis of Cultivate Consulting discussed cannabis business concerns with specialty accounting solutions, income tax preparation, CFO and controller services and business system implementation.

Civil Rights Attorney and Maine State Rep Lynne Williams spoke about the misuse of power by the Maine Office of Marijuana Policy (OMP) in the creation of rules and regulations for medical cannabis caregivers. As a result, she introduced and got passed LD 1242 which  freezes Maine’s current medical marijuana rules, adds legislative oversight to future rule changes and creates more consultation with local caregivers and patients.

During a presentation by the Cannabis Council of Maine, Hallowell 420 owner/operator and former Maine State Rep.Edward DuGay spoke about the economic impact of cannabis and hemp legalization:

"That makes cannabis the state’s biggest crop, according to the Portland Press Herald, and worth more than other leading farm products such as potatoes, milk, hay and blueberries – even before including the impact of adult-use marijuana sales. The January-October data also means Maine has sold far more medical cannabis in the first 10 months of 2020 than it did for all of 2019, when medical marijuana sales totaled $109.2 million. The medical marijuana sales figures include sales from both dispensaries and registered MMJ caregivers. Caregiver sales captured 76% of the state medical cannabis market in 2019, according to the Press Herald. Currently there are 3,035 Caregivers, 5741 Caregiver employees and 649 Caregiver stores operating under more than 88 pages of rules created by the Maine Office of Marijuana Policy (OMP)."

Greg Newland, Chief Scientific Officer at Nova Analytic Labs, spoke about the importance of qualified labs testing for heavy metals and dangerous chemicals in cannabis and hemp.

"The Pineapple Express", the Sticky Bud Farms' bus, provided a warm lounge for cannabis consumption.

Photos of Home Grown Maine, the annual Medical Marijuana Caregivers of Maine trade show held at the Augusta Civic Center on Saturday, January 15, 2022 can be found at

Roger Leisner

Button ME

The Maine Paparazzi

Radio Free Maine

P.O. Box 2705

Augusta, Maine 04338


Catherine and Glenn Lewis, attended the 2022 NECANN

Catherine and Glenn Lewis,  attended the 2022 NECANN In Boston on March 18th, 19 & 20th.  Catherine was awarded for the “Maine Cannabis Activist of the year” , presented by the New England Cannabis Community Awards.


November After Harvest Showcase

(Business to Business  Wholesale only)
(MAINE CAREGIVERS and/or CG Assistants ONLY)
Brought to you by MMCM and HGHCM
Special Offer for Repeat Vendors….
Call the office NOW for info
So …Come Join US!


Call the Office to register and send in documents needed,

Caregiver card, Resellers Certificate & State picture ID


New Venue…reduced Vending cost….Call for info!


Thursday,    November 10th, 2022    5pm-630pm

    Augusta Country Club,  19 Hammonds Grove, Manchester, ME

Following the Wholesale Show

 Same evening, Join us at……

The MMCM Network meeting on November 10th, 2022

Located at the Augusta Country Club, 19 Hammonds Grove, Manchester, ME.     630 – 830pm

Order your own food & drink and socialize with other Caregivers and patients.  Guest Speakers TBD.  Board Members talking about more changes coming from OCP.

Hope to see you there!


HOMEGROWN TRADESHOW, 11th Annual will be January 14-15th, 2023

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The MMCM 11th Annual Trade Show has been scheduled for January 14th &15th, 2023.  We appreciate your support and look forward to seeing you in January. We are accepting volunteers to the Home Grown Maine Trade Show planning committee. If interested,  please reach out to Cheryl  207-596-3501 at the MMCM office.  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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