Maine Recreational Grows in Recreational Industrial Hemp Factory in Maine
Recreational cannabis cultivation in Maine is flourishing, and it is making a difference.
The state’s legislature has approved a bill that would allow recreational cultivation of industrial hemp, which has been a major source of jobs and income in Maine since before it legalized recreational marijuana.
The Maine Industrial Hemp Industries Association (MICIA) is now seeking to grow the industry in Maine and open facilities to grow industrial hemp.MICIA Chairman and CEO Mike Leavitt said the bill was important for the industry to thrive and the state to have a competitive advantage over neighboring states that have yet to allow the industry.
Leavitt also said that the bill would help the industry diversify its business model and boost the economy of the state.
The MICIA has grown from a nonprofit organization in 2009 to a lobbying organization representing more than 250,000 individuals and businesses in the state, Leavits said.
It was formed to bring together industry stakeholders to create a sustainable business model for the state and to help foster an economy that is healthy and secure for the future, he said.
Micia’s bill would allow industrial hemp cultivation in public lands and would allow the state Department of Agriculture to license industrial hemp cultivators, as well as allow the cultivation of commercial hemp, Levitt said.
The bill is expected to pass the state Senate on Friday and be signed into law by Gov.
Micias bill will allow the growing of industrial cannabis in public land and provide the state with a competitive edge over neighboring state states that currently have no industrial hemp programs, LeAvitt said in a statement.
Micius’ bill, Levait said, would allow Maine to become the first state in the nation to allow recreational marijuana cultivation and will help the state diversify and diversify into new sectors, such as food, beverage and cosmetics.
Industrial hemp is considered one of the most lucrative crops in the world, with production estimates ranging from $1 billion to $3 billion, according to the American Hemp Council, a nonprofit that tracks the industry and is based in Washington, D.C.