Maine: Wellness Connection of Maine A Subsidiary Of Acreage Sues City Of Portland Over Residency Requirements For Cannabis Business Operators

MJ Biz is reporting …...Maine’s largest medical marijuana company is suing the city of Portland in federal court, claiming that an adult-use licensing preference for residents violates the commerce clause of the U.S. Constitution.

Wellness Connection of Maine, a vertically integrated operation with four MMJ dispensaries in the state, filed a similar legal challenge against the state. The state backed off, dropping a four-year residency requirement.

THE LAWSUIT

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Portland recently passed an ordinance that caps marijuana retail stores at 20 and puts in place a competitive scoring system that gives bonus points to businesses that meet a five-year residency preference.Wellness Connection’s owner is High Street Capital Partners, which does business as Acreage Holdings, a New York-based multistate operator.

The Wellness Connection’s lawsuit against Portland, filed in U.S. District Court in Maine, argues that “more than 25% of the points available either are reserved for Maine residents or are awarded based on a consideration that strongly favors Maine residents.”

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