Maine Marijuana / Cannabis Medical Use Law: Legal
- Legal Medical Marijuana Law passed on November 2, 1999, 62% of Maine citizens voted in support.
- November 3, 2009, Maine voters approved Question 5 “An act to establish the Maine Medical Marijuana Act” (LD 975, IB 2). Voted for by 52% of Maine citizens.
- Must possess a Registry identification card issued by the Maine Department of Health and Human Services.
- Patients may grow their own plants.
- A qualifying patient or designated primary caregiver may possess up to 2 1/2 ounces of prepared marijuana and an incidental amount of marijuana.
- May cultivate up to 6 mature marijuana plants
Maine Recreational Marijuana / Cannabis Recreational Use Law: Legal
- On November 8, 2016, Maine voters approved Question 1 to legalize the recreational use, retail sale and taxation of marijuana also referred to as adult use marijuana.
- A person 21 years of age or older may use, possess or transport marijuana accessories and use, possess or transport up to 2 1/2 ounces of marijuana or a combination of marijuana and marijuana concentrate, which may include no more than 5 grams of marijuana concentrate.
- A person 21 years of age or older may transfer or furnish, without remuneration, up to 2 1/2 ounces of marijuana or a combination of marijuana and marijuana concentrate, which may include no more than 5 grams of marijuana concentrate, and up to 6 immature plants or seedlings to a person who is 21 years of age or older.
- A person 21 years of age or older may possess, grow, cultivate, process or transport up to 6 flowering marijuana plants, 12 immature plants, and unlimited seedlings, and possess all the marijuana produced by the plants at the adult’s residence
Medical Marijuana In Maine
Maine has allowed prescribing, and limited possession, of medical marijuana since 1999 but the law lacked any distribution mechanism and questions arose of noncompliance with federal law and of how patients could legally obtain the prescribed marijuana. On November 3, 2009, Maine voters approved Question 5, which enacted the citizen-initiated bill, “An act to establish the Maine Medical Marijuana Act” (LD 975, IB 2).
Recreational Marijuana in Maine
On November 8, 2016, Maine voters approved Question 1 and joined eight other states to have legalized the recreational use, retail sale and taxation of marijuana, also referred to as adult use marijuana. Following a recount and certification of election results the law was enacted as IB 2015, c. 5, “An Act to Legalize Marijuana”, and codified at the statutory citations listed in the Implementation section below.
Medical Marijuana Facility Licensing
The Division of Licensing and Regulatory Services (DLRS) within the Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has launched a custom online service to allow licensed medical providers to certify patients for the use of medical marijuana on January 5, 2015. The online service will only be available to licensed Maine medical physicians and nurse practitioners in good standing and will produce a standard printed certification for all patients in the Maine Medical Use of Marijuana Program. Its use is mandatory.
The new system includes several precautions that ensure information privacy and data integrity and conforms to standard healthcare information security standards and offers a variety of benefits to patients, physicians, and the DLRS. Enhanced security, direct relationship-building between the patient and provider and the immediate issuance of a patient designation card are just a few of the benefits.
Patient information is not captured or stored in this new system. A basic transaction history will be retained for statistical purposes, which include the date, name of the certifying medical provider, the zip code of the patient and whether the patient is over age 18. Medical provider login information and passwords will be encrypted.
Below is the link to the system. All providers must go to the link to set up an account and order paper before they can certify a patient to use Medical Marijuana.