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With new state rules on how to grow, sell and buy recreational marijuana poised to take effect in September and retail stores expected to open early next year, Maine cities are scrambling with how to handle the expected deluge of new businesses.

Marijuana companies are facing enormous pressure to innovate.

According to a report released last year by Arcview Market Research and BDS Analytics, sales of cannabis concentrates in the United States are estimated to reach $8.4 billion by 2022 – and those concentrate sales are expected to come close to matching sales for flower.

Experts in the field of cyber security say North America’s emerging cannabis industry -- and its customers -- could be especially vulnerable to hacks and extortion.

A company called solo sciences has announced what it says is the world's first "cryptographically-secure cannabis product authentication system."

Access to a vast amount of data allows growers to optimize for environmental changes and variables and can even change the strain of the product.

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