Four years after Mainers voted to legalize recreational pot, sales begin. But with only eight shops licensed to open, supply is expected to be low.
MAINE, USA — After years of anticipation, legal sales of adult use marijuana begin in Maine Friday. It comes four years after the state voted to legalize recreational pot through a referendum vote.
Adults 21 years of age or older with a valid ID will be able to purchase up to 2.5 ounces of a combination of marijuana and marijuana concentrate that includes no more than five grams of marijuana concentrate.
It remains illegal to consume marijuana in public spaces.
“As soon as those doors are opening, there’s nothing more rewarding than seeing people who are really stoked to come in and buy legal cannabis,” Theory Wellness Market Director Thomas Winstanley said.
Theory Wellness, a Massachusetts-based company run by two Colby College graduates, is one of just eight stores that have received an active license from the state allowing them to open.
“For us, it’s incredibly exciting because we do love this state, and it’s exciting to see the proliferation on a broader scale of cannabis legalization,” Winstanley said.
Today marks the 1st day of recreational pot sales in Maine. Theory Wellness in SoPo is one of just 8 shops who have received an active license from the state allowing them to open. More info ahead of opening day coming up on @newscentermaine #wakeMEup pic.twitter.com/xJfRvBWbHB
— Sean Stackhouse (@StackhouseNCME) October 9, 2020
While Theory Wellness is set to open its South Portland location on the Maine Mall Road, more than 200 other hopeful shops