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Medical Marijuana in Maine

As of November 2, 1999, voters in Maine approved Ballot Question 2, the first medical marijuana initiative in the state, with 61% of the vote. After the law was amended in 2002, patients or their caregivers are now allowed to possess up to 2.5 ounces of usable cannabis and cultivate up to six marijuana plants (with no more than three mature plants). The most recent act, the Maine Medical Marijuana Act which passed in November 2009, allowed the state to finally create a marijuana patients registry and began developing nonprofit dispensary system.

Frequently asked questions about medical cannabis in Maine:

  • How do I get a medical marijuana card in the state of Maine?

    To obtain a medical marijuana card, you must have a written recommendation from your physician stating that you will benefit from the use of medical marijuana. Upon submission and completion of the application form, you may use your card at dispensaries of your choosing.

    Registering for a medical marijuana card is voluntary in the state of Maine. If you choose not to register with the system, it is very important that you carry your physician certification form whenever you are in possession of marijuana.

  • Where can I find a medical marijuana doctor for a recommendation in Maine?

    To find a doctor for a medical marijuana recommendation within your community, please enter your location in the search field above.

  • What is needed to submit an application for a medical marijuana card in Maine?

    • If you choose to register, the application form is to be signed by the patient or patient’s parent (legal guardian). There are no fees associated with registering.
    • Completed and signed application
    • Copy of your physician certification form
    • Copy of your Maine driver’s license
  • Where can I purchase medical marijuana in Maine?

    You may purchase medical marijuana at local dispensaries of your choosing. You also have the option to cultivate your own plants (up to six), or designate a caregiver and receive your medicine from them. To find a local, trusted medical marijuana dispensary in your area, please enter your location in the search field above.

Recreational Marijuana in Maine

In November of 2016, Maine passed the Maine Marijuana Legalization Act which legalized adult use cannabis in the state. There had been some hold-up in the rollout of the program due to a governor’s veto, however, the Senate voted overwhelmingly to override that veto and move the legalization along. Adults over the age of 21 can now legally possess and purchase recreational cannabis. Due to the political in-fighting, the first shops are likely to open in early 2019. Surprisingly, the initiative also legalized marijuana social clubs, an issue that has been up in the air for a number of other recreational states.

Frequently asked questions about recreational cannabis in Maine:

  • How old do I have to be to purchase recreational marijuana in the state of Maine?

    Adults over the age of 21 can legally purchase and possess recreational cannabis in the state. 

  • Where can I purchase recreational marijuana in Maine?

    You can buy your cannabis at any recreationally licensed dispensary or from a delivery service. Dispensaries should begin sales in early 2019. 

  • Where am I legally allowed to consume recreational marijuana?

    Maine is one of the few states that have legalized marijuana social clubs. Consumers may only partake in cannabis usage at a social club or within the privacy of their own home. It is illegal to consume recreational or medical marijuana in public places. This includes in cars, parks, public transportation, coffee shops, federal land, etc.

  • How much recreational marijuana can I have in my possession in the state of Maine?

    Recreational cannabis possession is limited to 2.5 ounces of flower or concentrates. 

  • Can I grow my own recreational marijuana in Maine?

    Yes! You are allowed to grow up to 6 flowering plants or 12 cannabis plants in vegetation. 

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