Consultants jockey for contract to write rules for Maine’s marijuana market

November 9th, 2018 by admin Leave a reply »

Five companies are vying to become Maine’s state marijuana consultant, including two that helped Colorado and Washington state create their adult-use programs.

The state Department of Administrative and Financial Services announced Friday that the applicants for the Maine consulting job are:

• Barclay Damon, a New York law firm that recently launched a cannabis division and represents several medical cannabis businesses

• BOTEC Analysis, a Los Angeles-based firm that helped Washington state launch its adult-use program in 2013

• Guardian Labs, a New Orleans company made up of an Austin entrepreneur, a biology professor with a hemp specialty and an Illinois cannabis-testing lab

• Freedman Koski, a Denver firm whose principals are the former Colorado regulators who launched the first adult-use cannabis market in the U.S.

• Zoned Properties Inc., an Arizona-based property developer that specializes in cannabis projects and helps municipalities write zoning regulations.

No Maine company applied for the consulting job. A consulting firm run by Jacques Santucci, the husband of the chief executive officer of Wellness Connection of Maine, which operates four of Maine’s eight licensed medical marijuana dispensaries, did not apply, although it had asked the state if Santucci’s relationship to Wellness would disqualify his company from being hired.

The state identified the applicants that had submitted completed proposals by Thursday’s deadline, but did not release the contents of their proposals, which will remain confidential until next month, after Maine has scored the applications, selected a consultant and secured a contract. A selection team will assess and score the proposals based on qualifications

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