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Maine’s recreational marijuana industry saw record $6.4M sales in June

Maine’s adult-use marijuana industry had another record-breaking month in June, with nearly $6.5 million sold in June. “Flowers are always at the top of the list, but edibles are really, probably out-performing our expectations,” said Kaspar Heinrici, co-owner of Seaweed Co. Those are the popular products at the retail stores...
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Maine employers grapple with office policies amid constant change

Nearly 16 months after much of Maine’s workforce went remote, many businesses are preparing plans to reopen their offices. But after a year in which the only constant has been change, and with so many facets to creating a new normal – safety, employee satisfaction and a positive work culture chief among them – many employers have been hesitant to set any plans in stone.
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In symbolic move, Maine lawmakers signal opposition to hydropower project

(The Center Square) – Maine lawmakers have stated their opposition to a controversial 145-mile hydropower transmission corridor that would run through the state. The state Legislature, in its final vote of the session, passed a largely symbolic resolution stating that the project constituted a "substantial alteration" of public lands and should have been required to pass with a two-thirds vote. The Senate approved the measure on a 28-6 vote. The House voted 66-52 to approve it.
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Maine to celebrate blueberry crop on second weekend in August

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine will celebrate its wild blueberry crop with a new weekend of events in early August. Maine is home to the only commercial-scale wild blueberry producers in the U.S., and the wild blueberry is the official state berry. Gov. Janet Mills said Friday the first annual Wild Blueberry Weekend will take place on Aug. 7 and 8.

First-time unemployment claims rise slightly in Maine

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) The number of initial unemployment claims ticked up slightly over the course of the week, the Maine Department of Labor said. The labor department said it recorded about 1,200 initial claims filed for state unemployment insurance and 100 initial claims filed for federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance for the week that ended July 17. It said there were approximately 1,400 people filing an initial claim or reopening an unemployment claim.

Prices for Maine homes jumped again last month

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) The pace and price of home sales in Maine increased again last month as the state’s housing market stayed hot. The Maine Association of Realtors said Thursday the statewide median sales price increased by $5,000 to $310,000 in June. The number of home sales rose from 1,613 in May to 1,973 for June.

Maine unemployment claims tick up slightly

(The Center Square) – First-time claims for unemployment benefits in Maine ticked up slightly last week, according to the U.S. Department of Labor's weekly report. There were 1,249 new applications for state unemployment benefits filed for the week that ended July 17 – up by 77 from the previous week, the federal agency reported on Thursday.
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Maine home prices up 25% in June as hot market continues

Maine’s hot real estate market continued to drive up price tags on single-family homes in June, according to data released Thursday by the Maine Association of Realtors. The statewide median sale price climbed to $310,000 last month – almost 25 percent higher than in June 2020, and the average home was only on the market for six days, compared with 14 days last year and 13 days in 2019.
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Are sprawling fish farms coming to swallow Maine?

ON A CHILLY SUNDAY in June, Sarah Redmond steers her pickup outside of an old sardine cannery here in Gouldsboro, Maine, leaps out, and pulls from the truck bed what looks like lobster traps oozing with slimy, withered vegetable matter. “I’m doing research on dulse,” she says, about the tough, purplish seaweed that is higher in protein and lower in iodine than other varieties. Seaweed is popular in Japan, she says, but Americans find it too intense. “We sell it mostly as an ingredient and as seasoning,” she says. “It’s a flavor enhancer, in chips, bread, cereal — you can sprinkle it on as a barbecue rub. It’s got vitamins, minerals, fiber.”