In this Dec. 13, 2017, file photo, a marijuana plant grows under artificial light at an indoor facility in Portland. Credit: Robert F. Bukaty | AP

The target date for the first legal sales of marijuana in Maine are being pushed back again as the state and municipalities work on issuing licenses.

State officials had hoped the first marijuana stores could open this spring, but it now looks like June is more realistic, the Portland Press Herald reports. Applicants for licenses need to receive a conditional state license, get local authorization and return to the state for an active license.

The process can be time consuming. The state Office of Marijuana Policy said it has received nearly 200 applications and deemed 80 of them complete enough for a regulatory review.

Mainers voted at the polls in 2016 to legalize recreational marijuana. The state already had a longstanding medical marijuana program.