GRAND OPENING SPECIALS
Friday 4/16 through Tuesday 4/20!
Coffee + Cannabis = Come find your higher grounds!
Beginning Friday 4/16, our first 30 Maine resident customers with medical cannabis purchases over $50 receive a FREE gift bag of [All claimed!]:
- Greenport Cannabis Greenfire OG flower
- All Kind 100 mg THC dark chocolate
- Rooted Heart Remedies 150 mg full-spectrum high-CBD hemp oil
For all medical cannabis customers:
- Two FREE Greenport Cannabis pre-rolls with all medical cannabis purchases over $30 ($21 value). May only be used once.*
- Buy One Get One FREE any Greenport Cannabis eighth ($35 value). Limit one per customer. May only be used once.*
- All customers who purchase any medical cannabis and a beverage receive a free 10 MG full-spectrum CBD oil beverage infusion. Limit one per customer. May only be used once.
- All customers who participate in or join our Springbig rewards program get an extra 50 points FREE by end of day 4/20. Limit one per customer.
Online ordering is available through our website and coming soon on Weedmaps!
Friday, 4/16: 10am–7pm
Saturday, 4/17: 10am–7pm
Sunday, 4/18: 10am–7pm
Monday, 4/19: 10am–7pm *special hours*
Tuesday, 4/20: 10am–7pm
Buy local! Support Maine's incredible medical cannabis program. Higher Grounds advocates for you through the Maine Craft Cannabis Association, defending your access to high-quality, locally-owned and affordable cannabis from Maine's finest growers.
*While supplies last. Valid medical marijuana program certification and state-issued ID required for all medical cannabis purchases. Some items require Maine residency. Offers may not be combined. Offers have no cash value. In-store only. Valid through close of business Tuesday, April 20th. 18+ only allowed inside--sorry, don't bring the kids!
Medical marijuana caregivers look to be included in regulation process
The Maine Office of Marijuana Policy released proposed regulations earlier this year that caregivers say will hurt small businesses
Leaders in Maine's medical marijuana industry say, however, that what's included in the proposed regulations could hurt small businesses, while favoring large corporations.
"It's really a massive, comprehensive, extra legislative overhaul of a program," said Mark Barnett, the owner of Higher Grounds, a coffee shop and medical marijuana dispensary in Portland. Barnett is also the executive chair of the Maine Craft Cannabis Association.
Many growers and cultivators have shown opposition to the proposed rule change during a public hearing in March. The proposed regulations would require medical marijuana operations to have 24/7 surveillance of the site, and require caregivers to use the state's inventory tracking system, which is already being used for Maine's adult-use market.
"We have to stop this and come back with a seat at the table for more people who actually have been in this space," said Barnett.
Barnett is one of the many caregivers in the industry now calling for local caregivers to be included in the regulatory process.
"There's really no place in these rules for people like myself and other small farmers," said caregiver Arleigh Kraus.
Kraus and Barnett estimate caregivers could see an additional $50,000-$150,000 per year in additional operating costs for small businesses to meet proposed state guidelines.
"That effectively will shudder the vast majority of these small businesses," said Eben Sumner, founding member of the Maine Growers Alliance, and owner of Casco Bay Hemp.
Lawmakers in Augusta are now hearing their message, and are looking to bring the concerns of medical marijuana caregivers to the forefront.
Rep. Lynn Williams, D-Bar Harbor, has proposed the bill 'An Act To Ensure Appropriate Oversight of Maine's Medical Marijuana Program.'
That piece of legislation, co-sponsored by Senate President Troy Jackson (D-Allagash), looks to pause the proposed rule change by the Office of Marijuana Policy, and reassess them with medical marijuana caregivers as part of the discussion.
"It's kind of leveling the playing field and hitting the reset button," said Sumner, who has coordinated with Rep. Williams on her proposed bill.
A public hearing is scheduled for that bill before the state's Committee on Veterans and Legal Affairs Friday, April, 23 at 9:00 a.m.
Before that happens, Rep. Williams has invited members of the legislature to a webinar Monday to discuss the concerns of caregivers more closely for those unfamiliar.
NEWS CENTER Maine has reached out to the Office of Marijuana Policy for comment on this story and has not yet heard back.
Portland (WGME) -- A coffee and cannabis shop is now open in Portland.
"Higher Grounds" says it's the first of its kind on the East Coast.
The shop had it's grand opening in the Old Port yesterday.
The owner tells us they've been open for 3 years selling coffee and they've been preparing to get a license to sell cannabis.
They can serve those with a valid medical card.
"It's something that for years I've been waiting to make this a reality and I'm just really proud to be able to carry the work of my farmer friends and represent the best of Maine's cannabis down here and the best of Maine's coffee," says Mark Barnett, owner of Higher Grounds.
There will be specials at the shop through Tuesday which is 4/20.