Maine has recently voted to make cannabis legal for recreational use, although medical use has been allowed in Maine for quite some time. Maine also has some of the more forgiving laws and regulations surrounding marijuana in comparison to other states, especially for those from states other than Maine.
For the moment, it is legal for a person to carry up to just slightly over 2.5 ounces (71g, to be precise) on their person. Up to 6 plants can be grown for an individual. Caregivers can provide service for up to 5 people, so 6 plants each (a total of 30 plants). Commercial growers will need a special license.
For anyone looking to come to California who’s in need of a Medical Marijuana Card, book an appointment and have a chat with Dr. Frank, online or in-person. The state of Maine offers medical marijuana card (MMC) recommendations online via telehealth. You do not need to have a prior relationship to a physician in order to qualify for a MMC. We here at Doctor Frank’s should be able to help you with a recommendation for Maine, so get onto telehealth and see if you qualify!
For those who need cannabis or any of its extracts for medicinal purposes, here’s a guide to getting a medical marijuana card in Maine …
Telehealth/telemedicine available. Patient does not have to see physician in-person.
How Old Do I Have to Be to Apply for a Medical Marijuana Card?
18 years old or over. Caregivers must be 21 years old or over.
How Long Does it take to Get My MMJ Card?
3 – 21 days
Medical marijuana cards do not have an application fee in Maine, although you will still have to pay a fee for the doctor’s time!
Possession Limit (Medical Marijuana Patients)
- Hepatitis C
- Crohn’s disease
- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
- Nail-patella syndrome
- Irritable Bowel Diseases (IBDs)
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Cachexia/wasting syndrome
- Severe nausea
- Severe and persistent muscle spasms, e.g. those arising from conditions such as multiple sclerosis (MS) or
- Parkinson’s disease
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Medical Marijuana Laws
No prior relationship with a physician is required in order to qualify for medical marijuana in Maine. However, doctors must be licensed to practice in Maine before they can recommend cannabis for a patient in Maine.
1999 – Maine voters approve Ballot Question 2, which removed state-level criminal penalties for the use, possession and cultivation of marijuana by patients with medical need and oral or written medical opinion stating that the patient may benefit from the medical use of marijuana.
2002 – Senate Bill 611 (SB 611) is introduced, increasing the amount of useable cannabis a patient is allowed to carry to up to 2.5 ounces.
2009 – Voters approve of Question 9, which included a wider number of conditions cannabis can be recommended for.
2013 – LD 1062 is introduced, adding PTSD to the list of conditions cannabis can be recommended for.
There are a maximum of 8 state-licensed dispensaries that are allowed to be operational in Maine at any one time.
Caregivers must be aged 21 or over.
Maine has reciprocity and does recognize out-of-state medical marijuana cards. Visiting patients are not, however, allowed to purchase cannabis at a medical marijuana dispensary.
Maine has legalized marijuana, with a possession limit of up to 2.5 oz. of cannabis or 5 g of concentrate.
Cultivation of up to 6 plants is allowed.
Tax rates are expected to reach about 20% per gram for recreational users. Medical marijuana users will likely save on some sales taxes.