December 9, 2022


Steps to success

How Maine pot went from legal, to illicit, to available without a prescription

PORTLAND, Maine — Maine has been at the forefront of both the prohibition and legalization of marijuana from the 19th through the 21st century. It was one of the first states to outlaw recreational sales and possession more than 100 years ago. But it was also a leader in decriminalizing pot in the 1970s.

Now, Maine is about to become the 11th state with fully realized retail sales of cannabis.