Maine’s rollout of legal marijuana sales has been muted compared with other states because of the Coronavirus pandemic, but shops are reporting brisk business nonetheless.
Regulators reported more than $1 million in sales in October, more than $1.2 million in November and nearly $2 million in December.
Cannabis sales in Maine are much less than Massachusetts, which also went legal in 2016 and was swifter to set up its marijuana program.
Some in the medical marijuana business approached retail legalization with trepidation, and that has continued with the roll-out of recreational sales, said Catherine Lewis, chairwoman of the board for the Medical Marijuana Caregivers of Maine trade association.
For now, though, the retail industry is excited it’s getting up and running, even under less than ideal circumstances, said David Boyer, a Portland-based cannabis industry consultant.