The Office of Marijuana Policy is proposing to introduce a rule to establish a regulatory framework governing adult use, also known as recreational, marijuana in Maine. The Marijuana Legalization Act includes both mandatory and discretionary rulemaking concerning OMP and its umbrella organization, the Department of Administrative and Financial Services. Broadly, statute states that DAFS shall “adopt all rules necessary to implement, administer and enforce” the MLA. In addition, the statute specifies rulemaking in areas including, but not limited to, tracking marijuana plants and product, enforcement and compliance, health and safety data, labeling and packaging, and licensing and fees.
A public hearing has been scheduled for Thursday, May 23, 2019 at the Holiday Inn by the Bay in Portland. The hearing will begin at 8:00am and conclude when interested members of the public complete their testimony. The physical address is 88 Spring St, Portland, ME 04101, and parking is available on-site and in neighboring garages and surface lots. Limited street parking is also available.
Individuals interested in providing feedback on the proposal are encouraged to provide input on the draft rules either by attending the public hearing or providing written comment. Public comment will be accepted until 5:00pm EDT on Sunday, June 2, 2019.
Comment may be submitted through the DAFS website. A copy of the proposed rule appears immediately below.
The proposed rule benefited from input received from interested stakeholders, who reviewed the preliminary draft rule made available by OMP on April 22, 2019. A copy of their comments and disposition can be viewed below: