Legalized recreational marijuana is coming to Maine soon, but it’s highly unlikely it’s coming to the entire state.
The state’s rules are designed to allow municipalities to opt in or out of allowing sales of adult-use marijuana, which voters legalized in 2016, and only a handful of cities and towns have laid the groundwork for retail sales. That means it’s possible marijuana will be for sale in only a few of the state’s nearly 500 cities, towns and plantations when it arrives in stores, likely in 2020.
An exact number of how many communities will opt in is difficult to come by because municipalities are in different stages of deciding whether to grant licenses locally. Some have signaled they want no part of pot. The result could be that large parts of the state, such as rural Aroostook and Washington counties, will have few retailers.
The state hasn’t even finished crafting its rules