Both medical marijuana and recreational marijuana dispensaries are now open in Maine. After years of delays, the opening of recreational dispensaries started on October 9, 2020.
While Maine voters passed the legalization, regulation and taxation of marijuana in November of 2016, former Gov. Paul Lepage continually delayed implementing sales, even attempting to get former Attorney General Jeff Session to aid him in overturning the law. The necessary laws and regulations were not established for recreational dispensaries or sales until June of 2019 with the signing of LD 719, "An Act Regarding Adult Use Marijuana," by Gov. Janet Mills. Dispensaries were set to open mid-2020, but that timeline was delayed due to COVID-19.