Medical marijuana’s economic impact growing in Maine

May 22nd, 2014 by admin Leave a reply »

BANGOR — Jim Burke of LaGrange grows and sells medical marijuana, along with baked goods and butter infused with the medicinal plant.

Jim Burke of LaGrange and his wife, Sue, run Care by Cannabis, a limited liability company. They grow their product for patients with medical marijuana cards. He said that it took investment of about $80,000 of his savings for growing equipment and a year or so to grow a proper crop. Jim Burke believes that the state’s medical marijuana industry contributes about $5 million to Maine’s economy each year.

He considers himself an “activist at heart,” but he’s also at the center of a growing business community that contributes nearly $5 million to state coffers each year, by some estimates.

“With the economic turndown that we’ve had lately, the medical marijuana program’s been a savior for a lot of the people of Maine, especially those without any work and [who] have disabilities,” Burke said.

“They’re the bracket of workers who are not your first choice for rehire

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