Marijuana Venture’s ongoing feature charting the various regions of the cannabis industry throughout the United States heads to New England with an overview of the adult-use markets in Maine and Massachusetts and the transitioning markets in Connecticut, Rhode Island and Vermont, as well as the lack of progress in New Hampshire, the only state in the region where non-medical cannabis possession remains illegal.
The cannabis markets in Connecticut, Rhode Island and Vermont are on similar paths. Connecticut plans to allow recreational sales starting in late 2022, and residents will be able to grow cannabis at home starting in July 2023.
Rhode Island has declared that its adult-use program, which also mandates worker-owned cooperatives in each of its six regions, will begin sales on December 1, 2022. And recreational sales in Vermont will begin on October 1, 2022, at the same time as home grows will be allowed.
Meanwhile, the existing adult-use programs in Maine and Massachusetts continue to grow.
The recreational market in Maine saw a slow launch with sales gradually building as the state offers incentives for municipalities to opt-in to the program.
Massachusetts, which has by far the most robust program in the region, just revamped its $2 billion industry to ensure more diversity and simplify the criminal record expungement process, among other common-sense regulatory changes.
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