Maine Appeals Ruling to Allow Out-of-State Cannabis Business Ownership


2021-12-30 04:30:10 Ganjapreneur


The state of Maine and the Maine Cannabis Coalition , a top cannabis trade group, are appealing a judge’s ruling that opens the door for out-of-state ownership in Maine’s medical cannabis market, the Portland Press Herald reports. Seen as having nationwide significance — there are a number of U.S. cannabis markets that only allow in-city or in-state ownership — the case began with a lawsuit challenging Maine’s residency requirement for cannabis licenses. The state agreed to drop the residency law for their adult-use system last year but have continued to fight the change within their medical cannabis market, the report says. The plaintiffs, the Wellness Connection which is owned by three Mainers, and their parent company, High Street Capital Partners of Delaware, filed the lawsuit last year against Commissioner of the Maine Department of Administrative and Financial Services Kirsten Figueroa on the grounds the in-state ownership requirement violates the interstate commerce clause of the U.S. Constitution by restricting the flow of investment and interfering with their ability to function. Maine argued that due to federal prohibition, there is no medical cannabis interstate commerce market, therefore, the so-called “dormant commerce clause” does not apply in this case. The appeal will be heard by the First U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, although oral arguments have not yet been scheduled, the report says. U.S. District Judge Nancy Torresen sided with the plaintiffs in August but said Maine’s argument was “not without logic.” However, the judge noted that the state does not prohibit non-Mainers from purchasing medical cannabis or taking it home with them. “The notion that the medical marijuana industry in Maine is wholly intrastate does not square with reality,” Torresen wrote. “I recognize that none of the courts that have confronted this specific constitutional issue have rendered final judgments, and it also seems that no circuit court has addressed it,” the judge wrote in August. “But given the Supreme Court’s and First Circuit’s unmistakable antagonism towards state laws that explicitly discriminate against nonresident economic actors, I conclude that the Dispensary Residency Requirement violates the dormant Commerce Clause.” Get daily news insights in your inbox. Subscribe End Authored By: Lukas is a freelance writer and medical cannabis activist who lives in Tacoma. When he’s not writing about cannabis or working to bring a better medical cannabis system to Washington, he likes to DJ, play adaptive sports and volunteer in his Tacoma community. He supports national legalization and the opening up of the medical cannabis market in all 50 states.
据《波特兰新闻先驱报》报道,缅因州和顶级大麻贸易组织缅因州大麻联盟(MCC)正在对法官的裁决提出上诉,该裁决为缅因州医用大麻市场的州外所有权打开了大门。该案件被视为具有全国意义--美国有许多大麻市场只允许市内或州内所有权--始于一场挑战缅因州大麻许可证居住要求的诉讼。 报告称,该州去年同意取消成人使用系统的居住法,但继续在医用大麻市场上对抗这一变化。 原告是三家主要公司拥有的健康连接公司及其母公司特拉华州高街资本合伙人公司,他们去年对缅因州行政和金融服务部专员柯尔斯顿·菲格罗亚提起诉讼,理由是州内所有权要求限制了投资流动,干扰了他们的运作能力,违反了美国宪法的州际商业条款。缅因州辩称,由于联邦禁令,没有医用大麻州际商业市场,因此,所谓的“休眠商业条款”不适用于本案。 报告称,上诉将由美国第一巡回上诉法院审理,尽管口头辩论尚未安排。 美国地方法官南希·托雷森(Nancy Torresen)在8月份站在原告一边,但表示缅因州的论点“并非没有逻辑”然而,法官指出,该州不禁止非mainer购买医用大麻或将其带回家。 托雷森写道:“缅因州医用大麻行业完全是州内的想法与现实不符。” 这位法官在8月份写道:“我认识到,面对这个具体宪法问题的法院都没有做出最终判决,似乎也没有巡回法院解决过这个问题。”“但鉴于最高法院和第一巡回法院对明确歧视非居民经济行为者的州法律的明确反对,我的结论是,药房居住要求违反了休眠商业条款。” 在收件箱中获取每日新闻见解。订阅 结束 作者: 卢卡斯是一名自由作家和医用大麻活动家,住在塔科马。当他不写大麻或努力将更好的医用大麻系统带到华盛顿时,他喜欢在他的塔科马社区做DJ、适应性运动和志愿者。他支持全国合法化和在所有50个州开放医用大麻市场。