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Employers in Maine can no longer refuse hiring employees who consume cannabis

Employers in Maine can no longer refuse hiring employees who consume cannabis

Annureet Kaur

February 12, 2018

Maine now prohibits employers from refusing to hire anyone aged 21 or older for consumes cannabis during their off time. The state's Department of Labor has also removed cannabis from its list of substances employers can test their applicants for. On February 1, Maine became the first state to...

Canadian company plans to launch industrial hemp production in Maine

Canadian company plans to launch industrial hemp production in Maine

January 2, 2018

Future Farm Technologies of Vancouver, British Columbia recently purchased 120 acres of land in northern Maine for industrial hemp production, marking one of the largest land investments in the country dedicated to growing the plant. “We are thrilled to be able to acquire this prime land to farm...

Maine’s governor is trying to derail legalization

Maine’s governor is trying to derail legalization

November 9, 2017

Thor Benson / Cannabis News Box Contributor The citizens of Maine voted to legalize cannabis back in November, and since then, most of the state’s lawmakers have been working hard to set up regulations for the coming legal market. Maine Governor Paul LePage is staunchly against legalization, and he r...

Maine proposes pushing back social cannabis sales until 2019

Maine proposes pushing back social cannabis sales until 2019

Sara Tiradossi

October 22, 2017

Maine’s Republican governor is proposing to delay cannabis sales until 2019, instead of passing a legislative re-write of the voter-approved cannabis law. Earlier last month, lawmakers said they would postpone legalization of social cannabis sales until February. According to House Minority leader...

Social cannabis regulations in Maine could allow drive-thru dispensary sales

Social cannabis regulations in Maine could allow drive-thru dispensary sales

Logan Lowrey-Rasmussen

September 25, 2017

If Maine’s proposed social cannabis regulations become law, it could allow consumers to purchase cannabis from dispensaries through a drive-thru window. The social cannabis committee’s bill would also allow consumers to purchase cannabis through the internet and set up a 20 percent sales tax rate f...

Maine Dept. of Labor says employees can’t be fired for testing positive for cannabis

Maine Dept. of Labor says employees can’t be fired for testing positive for cannabis

Logan Lowrey-Rasmussen

July 27, 2017

The Maine Department of Labor said the majority of businesses won’t be able to fire employees who test positive for cannabis unless employers can prove impairment on the job. Backers of the measure said the law that goes into effect in February would leave employer protections in place and maint...

Maine looks to Colorado cannabis czar for advice on regulation

Maine looks to Colorado cannabis czar for advice on regulation

Logan Lowrey-Rasmussen

July 19, 2017

A legalization implementation committee in Maine met with former cannabis advocate Andrew Freedman, on how to craft Maine’s social cannabis policies. Freedman was appointed as Colorado's first Director of Marijuana Coordination by the Governor and was responsible for placing the framework in 201...

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