ELIOT, Maine — Spending five years as a budding medicinal marijuana business, Eliot-based East Coast Cannabis has received the nod from the state of Maine to begin recreational sales.

Co-founders Dana Brearley and James Folan III and East Coast Cannabis’ third partner, Ryan Ward, are aiming for a grand opening of their retail shop Thursday, June 17.

An official with Maine’s Office of Marijuana Policy stated last week East Coast Cannabis, if approved, was poised to be one of the first adult-use shops in York County to open and the nearest retail pot shop south of Portland. Retroactive to last October, when Maine officially allowed for residents aged 21 and older to purchase marijuana from recreational establishments, now eligible Mainers and guests can travel to Eliot for their adult-use weed needs.

Co-founders and co-owners James Folan III and Dana Brearley are seen in the East Coast Cannabis growing facility with more than 450 marijuana plants, Thursday, June 10, 2021 in Eliot, Maine.

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