In line with the Portland Press Herald, MMJ supplier Wellness Connection has monetary ties to New York-based multistate operator Acreage Holdings, and the leisure guidelines as at present written would prohibit out-of-state funding or partnerships, successfully chopping the Maine dispensary totally out of the state’s adult-use market.
“If the provisional guidelines are usually not sufficiently modified by the Legislature, my consumer, or one in all our companions, might be compelled to sue the state on the grounds that the residency necessities within the (underlying) statutes are unconstitutional,” an lawyer for Wellness Connection informed a legislative committee.
The identical committee will assessment the proposed guidelines once more earlier than forwarding them to lawmakers for approval, upfront of the Legislature’s summer time recess that begins June 19.
The place pitted Wellness Connection in opposition to some native caregivers, who’re anxious that well-capitalized out-of-state pursuits will seize all of the cannabis market share in Maine.
“We wish to give Maine residents an opportunity earlier than the large boys are available,” one caregiver informed the committee.
Lawmakers have stated they hope the brand new oft-delayed rec market within the state will launch by the top of the 12 months.