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.

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

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.

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OMP Issues 30 New Adult Use Conditional Licenses
Today, OMP issued 30 new adult use conditional licenses. These licenses are comprised of 19 marijuana stores, seven cultivation facilities, three products manufacturing facilities, and one marijuana testing facility. 

Since March, OMP has issued a total of 158 new conditional licenses to establishments seeking to participate in Maine’s adult use industry.