Maine Revised Statutes

§2442. Definitions

As used in this chapter, unless the context otherwise indicates, the following terms have the following meanings. [IB 2015, c. 5, §1 (NEW).]

1. Advertising.  "Advertising" means the act of providing consideration for the publication, dissemination, solicitation or circulation, visual, oral or written, to induce directly or indirectly any person to patronize a particular retail marijuana establishment or retail marijuana social club or to purchase particular retail marijuana or a retail marijuana product. "Advertising" includes marketing, but does not include packaging and labeling. "Advertising" proposes a commercial transaction or otherwise constitutes commercial speech.
[ IB 2015, c. 5, §1 (NEW) .]
2. Applicant.  "Applicant" means a person that has submitted an application for licensure as a retail marijuana establishment or retail marijuana social club pursuant to this chapter that was accepted by the state licensing authority for review but has not been approved or denied by the state licensing authority.
[ IB 2015, c. 5, §1 (NEW) .]
3. Batch.  "Batch" means a specific quantity of cannabis harvested during a specified time period from a specified cultivation area.
[ IB 2015, c. 5, §1 (NEW) .]
4. Batch number.  "Batch number" means any distinct group of numbers, letters or symbols, or any combination thereof, assigned by a retail marijuana cultivation facility or retail marijuana products manufacturing facility to a specific harvest batch or production batch of retail marijuana.
[ IB 2015, c. 5, §1 (NEW) .]
5. Cannabis. 
[ 2017, c. 1, §1 (RP) .]
6. Child-resistant.  "Child-resistant" means special packaging that is:
A. Designed or constructed to be significantly difficult for children under 5 years of age to open and not difficult for normal adults to use properly; [IB 2015, c. 5, §1 (NEW).]
B. Opaque so that the product cannot be seen from outside the packaging; and [IB 2015, c. 5, §1 (NEW).]
C. Closable, for any product intended for more than a single use or containing multiple servings. [IB 2015, c. 5, §1 (NEW).]
[ IB 2015, c. 5, §1 (NEW) .]
7. Commissioner.  "Commissioner" means the Commissioner of Administrative and Financial Services.
[ 2017, c. 278, §2 (AMD) .]
8. Container.  "Container" means the sealed package in which retail marijuana or a retail marijuana product is placed for sale to a consumer and that has been labeled according to the requirements set forth in section 2446, subsection 1.
[ IB 2015, c. 5, §1 (NEW) .]
9. Department.  "Department" means the Department of Administrative and Financial Services.
[ 2017, c. 278, §3 (AMD) .]
10. Edible retail marijuana product.  "Edible retail marijuana product" means any retail marijuana product that is intended to be consumed orally, including, but not limited to, any type of food, drink or pill.
[ IB 2015, c. 5, §1 (NEW) .]
11. Final agency order.  "Final agency order" means an order of the state licensing authority issued in accordance with this chapter and the Maine Administrative Procedure Act following review of the initial decision and any exceptions filed thereto or at the conclusion of the declaratory order process.
[ IB 2015, c. 5, §1 (NEW) .]
12. Flowering marijuana plant.  "Flowering marijuana plant" means the gametophytic or reproductive state of cannabis in which the plant is in a light cycle intended to produce flowers, trichomes and cannabinoids characteristic of marijuana.
[ IB 2015, c. 5, §1 (NEW) .]
13. Good cause.  "Good cause," for purposes of denial of an initial license application or denial of a renewal or reinstatement of a license application, means:
A. The licensee or applicant has violated, does not meet or has failed to comply with any of the terms, conditions or provisions of this chapter, any rules adopted pursuant to it or any supplemental relevant state or local law, rule or regulation; or [IB 2015, c. 5, §1 (NEW).]
B. The licensee or applicant has failed to comply with any special terms, consent decree or conditions that were placed upon the license pursuant to an order of the state licensing authority or the relevant municipality. [IB 2015, c. 5, §1 (NEW).]
[ IB 2015, c. 5, §1 (NEW) .]
14. Harvest batch.  "Harvest batch" means a batch of processed retail marijuana that is uniform in strain, cultivated using the same herbicides, pesticides and fungicides and harvested at the same time.
[ IB 2015, c. 5, §1 (NEW) .]
15. Identity statement.  "Identity statement" means the name of the business as it is commonly known and used in any advertising.
[ IB 2015, c. 5, §1 (NEW) .]
16. Immature plant.  "Immature plant" means a nonflowering retail marijuana plant that is taller than 24 inches and is wider than 18 inches.
[ IB 2015, c. 5, §1 (NEW) .]
17. Initial decision.  "Initial decision" means a decision of a hearing officer in the department following a licensing, disciplinary or other administrative hearing.
[ IB 2015, c. 5, §1 (NEW) .]
18. Law enforcement agency.  "Law enforcement agency" means any federal, state or municipal agency or any governmental agency or subunit of such agency or any state or federal court that administers criminal justice pursuant to a statute or executive order and that allocates a substantial part of its annual budget to the administration of criminal justice.
[ IB 2015, c. 5, §1 (NEW) .]
19. Licensed premises.  "Licensed premises" means the premises specified in an application for a license pursuant to this chapter that are owned or in possession of the licensee and within which the licensee is authorized to cultivate, manufacture, distribute, sell, consume or test retail marijuana in accordance with the provisions of this chapter and rules adopted pursuant to this chapter.
[ IB 2015, c. 5, §1 (NEW) .]
20. Licensee. 
[ 2017, c. 309, §1 (RP) .]
21. Limited access area.  "Limited access area" means a building, room or other contiguous area upon the licensed premises where retail marijuana is grown, cultivated, stored, weighed, packaged, sold or processed for sale under control of the licensee.
[ IB 2015, c. 5, §1 (NEW) .]
22. Marijuana.  "Marijuana" means the leaves, stems, flowers and seeds of all species of the plant genus cannabis, whether growing or not.
[ 2017, c. 1, §2 (AMD) .]
22-A. Marijuana concentrate.  "Marijuana concentrate" means the resin extracted from any part of the plant genus cannabis and every compound, manufacture, salt, derivative, mixture or preparation from such resin, including hashish. In determining the weight of marijuana concentrate, the weight of any other ingredient combined with marijuana to prepare a marijuana product may not be included.
[ 2017, c. 1, §3 (NEW) .]
23. Marijuana extraction.  "Marijuana extraction" means the process of extracting marijuana with solvents or gases.
[ IB 2015, c. 5, §1 (NEW) .]
23-A. Marijuana product.   "Marijuana product" means concentrated marijuana or a product composed of marijuana and other ingredients that is intended for use or consumption. "Marijuana product" includes, but is not limited to, an edible marijuana product, a marijuana ointment and a marijuana tincture.
[ 2017, c. 309, §2 (NEW) .]
24. Mother plant.  "Mother plant" means a plant that is used solely by a cultivator for the taking of seedling cuttings.
[ IB 2015, c. 5, §1 (NEW) .]
25. Natural person.  "Natural person" means a citizen of this State who has a verifiable social security number.
[ IB 2015, c. 5, §1 (NEW) .]
26. Occupational license.  "Occupational license" means a license granted to a natural person by the state licensing authority.
[ IB 2015, c. 5, §1 (NEW) .]
27. Owner.  "Owner" means a person whose beneficial interest in a retail marijuana establishment or retail marijuana social club is such that the person bears risk of loss other than as an insurer, has an opportunity to gain profit from the operation or sale of a retail marijuana establishment or retail marijuana social club and has a controlling interest in a retail marijuana establishment or retail marijuana social club.
[ IB 2015, c. 5, §1 (NEW) .]
28. Person.  "Person" means a natural person, partnership, association, company, corporation, limited liability company or organization or a manager, agent, owner, director, servant, officer or employee thereof. "Person" does not include any governmental organization.
[ IB 2015, c. 5, §1 (NEW) .]
29. Plant canopy.  "Plant canopy" means the area upon the licensed premises dedicated to live plant cultivation, such as maintaining mother plants, propagating plants from seed to plant tissue, cloning and maintaining a vegetative or flowering area. "Plant canopy" does not include areas such as space for storage of fertilizers, pesticides or other products, quarantine areas, office space, walkways, work areas and other similar areas.
[ IB 2015, c. 5, §1 (NEW) .]
30. Production batch.  "Production batch" means a group of retail marijuana products created from a production run of retail marijuana products.
[ IB 2015, c. 5, §1 (NEW) .]
31. Propagation.  "Propagation" means the reproduction of retail marijuana plants by seeds, cuttings or grafting.
[ IB 2015, c. 5, §1 (NEW) .]
31-A. Qualifying patient.   "Qualifying patient" means a person who possesses a valid certification for the medical use of marijuana pursuant to Title 22, section 2423-B.
[ 2017, c. 309, §2 (NEW) .]
31-B. Registered caregiver.   "Registered caregiver" means a primary caregiver who is registered by the Department of Health and Human Services pursuant to Title 22, section 2425, subsection 4.
[ 2017, c. 309, §2 (NEW) .]
32. Registered dispensary.  "Registered dispensary" means a nonprofit dispensary that is registered by the Department of Health and Human Services pursuant to Title 22, section 2428, subsection 2, paragraph A.
[ 2017, c. 309, §3 (AMD) .]
33. Restricted access area.  "Restricted access area" means a designated and secure area within the licensed premises in a retail marijuana store or retail marijuana social club where retail marijuana and retail marijuana products are sold, possessed for sale and displayed for sale and where no one under 21 years of age is permitted.
[ IB 2015, c. 5, §1 (NEW) .]
34. Retail marijuana.  "Retail marijuana" means marijuana or marijuana concentrate that is cultivated, manufactured, distributed or sold by a licensed retail marijuana establishment or retail marijuana social club.
[ 2017, c. 1, §4 (AMD) .]
35. Retail marijuana cultivation facility.  "Retail marijuana cultivation facility" means an entity licensed to cultivate, prepare and package retail marijuana and sell retail marijuana to retail marijuana establishments and retail marijuana social clubs.
[ IB 2015, c. 5, §1 (NEW) .]
36. Retail marijuana establishment.  "Retail marijuana establishment" means a retail marijuana store, a retail marijuana cultivation facility, a retail marijuana products manufacturing facility or a retail marijuana testing facility.
[ IB 2015, c. 5, §1 (NEW) .]
36-A. Retail marijuana licensee.   "Retail marijuana licensee" or "licensee" means a person licensed pursuant to this chapter.
[ 2017, c. 309, §4 (NEW) .]
37. Retail marijuana product.  "Retail marijuana product" means a marijuana product that is manufactured, processed, distributed or sold by a licensed retail marijuana establishment or a retail marijuana social club.
[ 2017, c. 309, §5 (AMD) .]
38. Retail marijuana products manufacturing facility.  "Retail marijuana products manufacturing facility" means an entity licensed to purchase retail marijuana; manufacture, prepare and package retail marijuana products; and sell retail marijuana and retail marijuana products only to other retail marijuana products manufacturing facilities, retail marijuana stores and retail marijuana social clubs.
[ IB 2015, c. 5, §1 (NEW) .]
39. Retail marijuana social club.  "Retail marijuana social club" means an entity licensed to sell retail marijuana and retail marijuana products to consumers for consumption on the licensed premises.
[ IB 2015, c. 5, §1 (NEW) .]
40. Retail marijuana store.  "Retail marijuana store" means an entity licensed to purchase retail marijuana from a retail marijuana cultivation facility and to purchase retail marijuana products from a retail marijuana products manufacturing facility and to sell retail marijuana and retail marijuana products to consumers.
[ IB 2015, c. 5, §1 (NEW) .]
41. Retail marijuana testing facility.  "Retail marijuana testing facility" means an entity licensed and certified to analyze and certify the safety and potency of retail marijuana and retail marijuana products.
[ IB 2015, c. 5, §1 (NEW) .]
42. Sample.  "Sample" means any retail marijuana or retail marijuana product provided for testing or research purposes to a retail marijuana testing facility by a retail marijuana establishment or retail marijuana social club.
[ IB 2015, c. 5, §1 (NEW) .]
43. Seedling.  "Seedling" means a nonflowering retail marijuana plant that is no taller than 24 inches and no wider than 18 inches.
[ IB 2015, c. 5, §1 (NEW) .]
44. State licensing authority.  "State licensing authority" means the authority created for the purpose of regulating and controlling the licensing of the cultivation, manufacture, distribution, testing and sale of retail marijuana and retail marijuana products in this State pursuant to this chapter.
[ IB 2015, c. 5, §1 (NEW) .]
45. THC.  "THC" means tetrahydrocannabinol.
[ IB 2015, c. 5, §1 (NEW) .]
46. Universal symbol.  "Universal symbol" means the image established by the state licensing authority and made available to licensees through the state licensing authority's website for indicating that retail marijuana or a retail marijuana product is within a container.
[ IB 2015, c. 5, §1 (NEW) .]
47. Unreasonably impracticable.  "Unreasonably impracticable" means that the measures necessary to comply with the rules require such a high investment of risk, money, time or any other resource or asset that the operation of a retail marijuana establishment or retail marijuana social club is not worth being carried out in practice by a reasonably prudent business person.
[ IB 2015, c. 5, §1 (NEW) .]
SECTION HISTORY
IB 2015, c. 5, §1 (NEW). 2017, c. 1, §§1-4 (AMD). 2017, c. 278, §§2, 3 (AMD). 2017, c. 309, §§1-5 (AMD).