Maine officials say the state will start taking applications to license recreational marijuana businesses soon.

The state Office of Marijuana Policy says it will begin taking testing lab applications on Nov. 18. After that, it will accept cultivation, manufacturing and retail license applications beginning Dec. 5.

The Portland Press Herald reports the state is projecting it will begin collecting sales taxes from adult use marijuana starting in March 2020.

Marijuana businesses will also need to earn local approval before they can get licensed by the state.

Maine voters approved legalized adult use marijuana in a 2016 referendum, but the adoption of a regulatory system suffered numerous delays after that.

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