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Maine will accept first marijuana business applications soon

November 5, 2019 GMT
In this Dec. 13, 2019, photo, a marijuana plant grows under artificial light at a Portland, Maine, indoor facility. Maine officials say the state will start taking applications to license recreational marijuana businesses before the end of the fall. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty File)
In this Dec. 13, 2019, photo, a marijuana plant grows under artificial light at a Portland, Maine, indoor facility. Maine officials say the state will start taking applications to license recreational marijuana businesses before the end of the fall. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty File)

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine officials say the state will start taking applications to license recreational marijuana businesses before the end of the fall.

The state Office of Marijuana Policy says it will begin taking testing lab applications on Nov. 18. After that, it will accept cultivation, manufacturing and retail license applications beginning on Dec. 5.

The Portland Press Herald reports the state is projecting it will begin collecting sales taxes from adult use marijuana starting in March 2020. That is in line with what state officials have been saying in recent months. Voters approved legalized adult use marijuana in a 2016 vote, but the state’s adoption of a regulatory system suffered numerous delays after that.

Marijuana businesses will also need to earn local approval before they can get licensed by the state.