After months of reviewing applications, the Office of Marijuana Policy on Friday made public for the first time the list of about 300 people who are applying for more than 200 state licenses to cash in on Maine’s long-awaited recreational marijuana market.
The list includes some surnames familiar to many Mainers, such as Baldacci, as well as those who may seem destined for a cannabis economy, such as Stoner. Applicants are seeking to do business throughout Maine, from Kittery to Presque Isle, under corporate names ranging from Green Cures to Weed Mart.
Robert and Elizabeth Baldacci of Cumberland, brother and sister-in-law of former Gov. John Baldacci, are among a large group of investors behind a grow facility application submitted by Coast 2 Coast Extracts, a Portland-based medical marijuana extraction lab.
One of Coast 2 Coast’s principals is Ray Payne, whose wife, attorney Hannah King, sits on the Marijuana Advisory Commission created to advise Maine lawmakers on marijuana laws. Another investor is Emile Clavet, one of the founders of Electricity Maine. [Read more at Portland Press Herald]