Both Recreational and Medical marijuana dispensaries are open for business. Though adult-use marijuana was legalized in Maine in 2016 under LD 1701, An Act to Legalize Marijuana, the state did not establish regulations for commercial sales until 2019, when Gov. Janet Mills signed LD 719 to approve a rule set outlining the legalized market. Though opening was delayed due to COVID-19, sales have begun as of October 9, 2020.
Medical marijuana was first legalized in Maine in 1999 under LD 2109, An Act to Permit the Use of Medical Marijuana. However, similar to rec laws, the law did not go so far as to establish a dispensary system. State medical patients had to wait until 2009, when voters approved Question 5 to pass, An Act To Establish the Maine Medical Marijuana Act.
Under Maine law, individuals 21 years of age or older are allowed to possess up to 2.5 ounces (70 grams) of marijuana. Additionally, adults are allowed to lawfully possess and cultivate up to three mature marijuana plants, 12 immature plants. Medical marijuana patients have a possession limit of 2.5 ounces as well, and are allowed to possess up to 6 mature marijuana plants and 12 immature plants.
Adults 21 years of age or older with a valid, government-issued ID can purchase up to 2.5 ounces of cannabis or 2.5 ounces of a combination of cannabis and concentrate that includes no more than 5 grams of concentrate. Medical patients have a 2.5 ounce purchase limit as well. Where to Buy
Consuming cannabis on public or federal land is strictly prohibited and illegal in Maine. Recreational marijuana may only be consumed on private property, out of public view. Adults 21 years of age or older who do choose to consume marijuana in public and are found guilty of perpetrating this civil violation are subject to a fine up to $100.
Maine had been contemplating the allowance of social consumption clubs where adults could safely and legally use marijuana. Unfortunately, the new compromise legislation bans social clubs throughout the state.
Driving Under the Influence
As with any recreational substance, driving under the influence of cannabis is strictly illegal. And, quite frankly, it simply is not worth the risk. Getting caught driving under the influence of cannabis will likely result in a DUI or OWI and leave you with a less than stellar driving record. Trust us, having a clean driving record is much more important than lighting up on the highway.
According to Maine’s marijuana laws, it is legal to transport marijuana accessories and up to 2.5 ounces of usable cannabis, so long as the marijuana is kept sealed in a child-proof container at all times the transportation vehicle is being used.
As with every other state with some form of legalized marijuana, exporting marijuana across state lines is illegal. Getting caught exporting marijuana from a state where cannabis is legalized in some form is not ideal. Violators face steep fines, jail time and criminal charges on their record. Even though it may sound appealing, it is never worth the risk of ruining your life with legal troubles.
Adults 21 years of age or older are legally allowed to cultivate up to 3 flowering marijuana plants as long as each plant is grown at that person’s home residence out of the view of the public. The grower must also take precaution to prevent access from anyone under 21 years of age. Medical cannabis patients in Maine may cultivate up to 6 mature plants and 12 immature plants.
Additionally, each plant must be tagged with the following information:
- Grower’s name
- Grower’s Maine driver’s license number
- OR Maine ID number
It is also important to note that plants cultivated recreationally are categorized differently than marijuana plants cultivated for medical use. Explore Strains
Medical Cannabis Reciprocity
Maine allows for reciprocity to medical cannabis patients from a number of states. A qualifying visiting patient may purchase up to 2.5 ounces of a combination of medical marijuana and marijuana products every 15 days while visiting the state.
Patients from the following states can purchase their medicine in Maine:
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- New Mexico
- New York
- North Dakota
- Rhode Island
- Washington, DC
Maine allows medical cannabis delivery. Recreational cannabis delivery is not allowed in Maine.