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Cannabis Industry Update: Changes in Maine and North Carolina

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A look at recent developments in cannabis laws and regulations.

description: a bustling cannabis dispensary with a diverse group of customers browsing different cannabis products on display shelves.

UPDATE: Shortly after publication of this story, the Somerset County Sheriff's Office announced that it had apprehended Jian Ji Wu, 63, who was allegedly operating an illegal cannabis cultivation site in Somerset County, Maine. This incident highlights the ongoing challenges law enforcement faces in regulating the cannabis industry.

MAINE, USA — Several changes to Maine's cannabis regulations and rules are around the corner as a new state law goes into effect. These changes include updates to licensing requirements, testing procedures, and labeling guidelines to ensure the safety and quality of cannabis products sold in the state.

El Pasoans have access to legal cannabis on 4/20 in Sunland Park, New Mexico, despite Texas's strict marijuana laws. This cross-border access highlights the disparities in cannabis laws between neighboring states and the impact it has on local communities.

The eastern band of Cherokee Indians has set a date to open North Carolina's first marijuana dispensary near Asheville. This marks a significant milestone in the state's cannabis industry and signals a shift towards more inclusive and diverse participation in the market.

A recreational cannabis dispensary could open near Red Wing as soon as this summer. The Prairie Island Indian Community (PIIC) announced plans to enter the cannabis market, signaling a growing trend of tribal nations engaging in the industry.

In the town of Dexter, Maine, a seemingly abandoned property on Highland Avenue that once operated as an illicit marijuana cultivation site is now under investigation by local authorities. This serves as a reminder of the risks associated with illegal cannabis operations and the importance of proper regulation.

Close to half of Maine's medical cannabis may contain pesticides, mold, officials say. Of 127 samples tested, 57 – or about 45% – would have failed state quality standards. This raises concerns about the safety and quality of medical cannabis products available to patients in the state.

Since BASIS is in Penn Quarter's commercial zone, the 300-foot setback does not apply. UND Necessities LLC or DC Smoke applied for a license to operate a cannabis dispensary in Washington, D.C., signaling the growing interest in the city's emerging cannabis market.

As Minnesota works on licensing, tribal nations can sell cannabis after law went into effect Aug. 1. This highlights the unique opportunities available to tribal nations in the cannabis industry and the importance of inclusive policies that support their participation.

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