Medical marijuana dispensaries are open for business, while recreational dispensaries have been continuously delayed by Governor Paul LePage. In fact, the anti-cannabis Governor has vetoed two separate recreational marijuana implementation bills.
The most recent veto was overturned by lawmakers however and Maine is preparing to launch it's adult-use cannabis market in the coming years (most likely 2019 or 2020). Regardless of implementation, adults 21 years of age or older are allowed to possess up to 2.5 ounces of cannabis flower.
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 and unlimited seedlings.
Once dispensaries open up, adults 21 years of age or older with a valid, government-issued ID will be able to visit marijuana dispensaries across the state with the ability to purchase up to 2.5 ounces of cannabis recreationally.
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.
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.
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