The Maine Office of Marijuana Policy has approved a Conditional License for Emerald River of Maine LLC to operate an adult-use cannabis retail store. The company applied for the Conditional License, the first step towards obtaining a Final License to operate, on May 12, 2020. Emerald River of Maine LLC has also submitted a Marijuana Application Permit to the City of Lewiston, to operate at 1240 Lisbon Street, once construction of a retail store has been properly permitted.

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About Emerald River

Emerald River of Maine LLC is a joint venture of Matthew Taggart, Morriss Partee, and Matthew Moriarty. All three applied for, and received, Maine Office of Marijuana Policy Individual Identification Cards in the first quarter of 2020, after a background review.

Matthew Taggart, a resident of Shapleigh, is Emerald River of Maine’s president. Matt graduated from the Isenberg School of Management, University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Matt is also the COO/Product Engineer and Partner in, where he has designed several online products for the credit union industry. These products have helped many thousands of credit union members across the country learn how to better their financial situation. Matt has helped credit union executives develop their brand strategy, and has delivered brand experience training for credit union employees in numerous states. Matt was a key leader of EverythingCU’s two national Branding Events, held in Portland, OR, and Baltimore, MD. Matt is also an award-winning and published author. Matt has lived in Shapleigh for four years with his wife, Megan, and son, Gavin.

Morriss Partee is the founder of Emerald River of Maine LLC as well as Emerald River LLC, a Massachusetts-based company which has applied for several adult-use cannabis licenses. Coming from a design and marketing background, in 1999, Morriss launched, a web site connecting thousands of credit union professionals. Notable innovations that Morriss pioneered at include web seminars, online switch kits, and national branding events. His entrepreneurial experience and acquired knowledge of the cannabis industry sets the table for the launch of a world-class cannabis retail store for the residents of Maine and eventually Massachusetts. He is leading the Emerald River team, and navigating the application and permitting processes to ensure compliance at all times. 

Matthew Moriarty is an entrepreneur with experience in purchasing, revitalizing, selling, and renting properties. As a lifelong resident of Holyoke, Mass., Mr. Moriarty owns several rental properties in the area, managing their day-to-day operation. Prior to that, he was employed by Valley Communications in the Security/Computer Networking department. Matt looks forward to using his technical and financial skills to help Emerald River become a premier cannabis retailer in Massachusetts and Maine, and will be assisting in the retail store build-out.