Licensed hashish retailers in Maine offered greater than $1.4 million price of marijuana merchandise throughout the first month of authorized leisure pot gross sales, in line with knowledge launched by state regulators on Monday. Authorized gross sales of adult-use hashish started on October 9, almost 4 years after voters authorised leisure marijuana gross sales for adults in 2016.

On Monday, the Maine Workplace of Marijuana Coverage (OMP) launched sales data collected by Metrc, the state’s hashish track-and-trace system, for October 9 via November 8. The figures for the primary 31 days of authorized gross sales confirmed that smokable types of hashish had been the most well-liked merchandise, making up 76% of income. Hashish concentrates accounted for 14% of gross sales, whereas infused meals and drinks made up the remaining 10%. A complete of 21,194 transactions had been logged by hashish retailers throughout the first month in enterprise. Gross sales figures launched by the state are preliminary in nature and haven’t but been audited by state regulators.

“Compared, Maine’s medical marijuana program—which incorporates eight licensed dispensaries, greater than 200 shops run by medical marijuana caregivers and particular person caregivers that function out of their properties or embrace the supply mannequin—offered on common $9.4 million in medical marijuana on a typical 31-day month in 2019,” reported the Portland Press Herald. 

As authorized gross sales of leisure marijuana launched on October 9, eight retailers had been licensed by the state to start operations, though solely six retailers had been able to open for enterprise on the primary day, partially as a result of reported product shortages. By the primary week in November, a complete of 9 adult-use hashish retailers had been open for enterprise within the state.

Erik Gundersen, the director of the OMP, congratulated licensed hashish retailers on the profitable launch of licensed gross sales whereas going through the continuing challenges of a worldwide pandemic.

“Whereas it’s straightforward to focus solely on the numbers, it is very important be aware that the Workplace of Marijuana Coverage’s main goal is sustaining the excessive normal of public well being and security we’ve set for the grownup use program,” Gundersen said in a press launch from the OMP. “We admire the dedication our licensees have demonstrated to enact COVID protocols to make sure a secure launch and their continued dedication to those efforts in gentle of the latest spike in COVID circumstances in Maine.”

Even with solely six retailers open at market launch, retailers posted greater than $250,000 in sales their first weekend in enterprise. Gundersen mentioned then that the strong opening was a credit score to each retailers and customers, who shopped regardless of restrictions put in place to assist management the outbreak.

“Our retail retailer licensees went the additional mile to implement public well being measures and management automobile and pedestrian site visitors visiting their institutions,” Gundersen said on the time. “Moreover, the respect and endurance proven by customers for these protocols and their willingness to put on face coverings and keep social distancing was very encouraging.”

Maine legalized medical marijuana with a poll initiative in 2013 that was supported by 62% of voters. That was adopted by the legalization of marijuana to be used by adults and controlled leisure hashish gross sales with the passage of the Marijuana Legalization Act by voters in November 2016.