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Why are there only 8 Medical Marijuana Dispensaries in Maine?

The statutes only set a limit of 8 dispensaries for the first year. After that, 8 is the minimum.
11. Limitation on number of dispensaries.  The department shall adopt rules limiting the number and location of registered dispensaries. During the first year of operation of dispensaries the department may not issue more than one registration certificate for a dispensary in each of the 8 public health districts of the department, as defined in section 411. After review of the first full year of operation of dispensaries and periodically thereafter, the department may amend the rules on the number and location of dispensaries; however, the number of dispensaries may not be less than 8.
[ 2011, c. 407, Pt. B, §32 (AMD) .]