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Maine breaks marijuana sales record since rolling out legal retail market

The Maine Office of Marijuana Policy believes tourists contributed to the over $10 million in sales in August.

AUGUSTA, Maine — EDITOR'S NOTE: The video above is NEWS CENTER Maine's reporting in June on marijuana sales in Maine.

The Maine Office of Marijuana Policy (MOMP) says recreational marijuana shops have topped $10 million in sales for the month of August.

This is a record since the first recreational cannabis stores in the state opened last fall. 

They believe out-of-state visitors were responsible for the spike in sales. 

Before the tourist season, the MOMP reported marijuana retailers sold approximately $5.36 million in adult-use products during the month of May.

August sales were almost double that of the sales in May. 

According to MOMP Director Erik Gunderson, nearly $1 million worth of marijuana products were sold just on Memorial Day weekend. He predicted it was a "sign of things to come."

This is the first summer that people age 21 and over can buy marijuana products legally in Maine. 

Nine new stores opened last month for a total of 53 stores, 24 manufacturing facilities, and 47 cultivation sites. The industry continues to grow with 185 in various stages of the approval process.