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Feb 23, 2020 2 min read

Cannabis laws in Maine

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by The Cannigma Staff

Medical: Yes 
Recreational: Legal 
Reciprocity: Yes

Medical marijuana was legalized in Maine in 1999. In 2016, Maine residents voted to approve recreational marijuana sales.

How to Get a Medical Card in Maine

To receive medical marijuana in Maine, an applicant must apply online with the Medical Use of Marijuana Program. 

Prospective patients must submit their personal details and the number of plants they want to grow (up to six, and only if they are interested in cultivating their own marijuana), their caregiver information if relevant, and the ID number of their certified medical provider, who can provide a medical marijuana recommendation on their behalf.

There is no fee to apply, but caregivers must pay a fee if they are growing marijuana for a patient ($240 for each group of six plants). The fee schedule can be found here.

Qualifying Conditions

Maine has amended its medical marijuana laws to allow physicians to recommend medical marijuana for “a diagnosed medical condition that, in the patient’s medical provider’s opinion, may be alleviated by the therapeutic use of cannabis.”

Reciprocity

Maine allows residents of a limited number of states to use their out of state medical marijuana license to purchase marijuana in the state. 

The approved states include: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa. Massachusetts. Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, Washington, DC.

Where to Buy

In 2010, approval was given for eight medical dispensaries. The law currently allows patients to possess up to 2.5 ounces of dried flower or concentrate. At Maine’s medical dispensaries, patients can purchase flower, concentrate, edibles, pre-rolls, topicals, and vapes. 

Taxes

Medical marijuana is subject to a 5.5% sales tax in Maine, and there is an 8% sales tax on the sale of edibles.

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