Going back over a century, cannabis was first prohibited in Maine in 1913 and it wasn´t until 1976 that the possession of small quantities of cannabis was first decriminalised.
While recreational cannabis use is no longer prohibited in the state, a number of legal issues, as well as the ongoing COVID 19 pandemic have significantly delayed the opening of cannabis dispensaries, with recreational sales now scheduled to begin in October of 2020.
Maine Cannabis Law
Still, despite the legalization of medical cannabis, the legislation did not outline any means for the legal sale of cannabis and it wasn´t until 2006 that a citizen-initiated bill was passed. This allowed for the opening not-for-profit dispensaries which are regulated by the state’s department of health.
More recently, the state was one of the first to implement the legalised use of medical cannabis in 1999, following quickly in the footsteps of California who became the first state to legalize the plant for its medicinal purposes in 1996.
While Maine is set to become one of the most 4:20 friendly states in the U.S following the legalization of recreational cannabis usage in 2016, the state has continued to face a number of hurdles in its bid to grab a slice of the cannabis pie.
You may be interested in reviewing the annual reports or open data of the Maine Medical Use of Marijuana Program.
What do I need to apply for or renew a registry identification card (caregiver, caregiver assistant, dispensary employee, etc.)?
No. A visiting medical marijuana patient must possess photographic identification or a driver’s license from the same jurisdiction as their valid medical marijuana credential.
So where can you use it? Marijuana use is legal within the confines of private property. Just keep in mind that property owners, landlords, and rental companies can ban the use and possession of marijuana on their premises.
Until recently, dispensaries were required to by nonprofit entities and there was only one per Maine Department of Health and Human Services Public Health District. At present, the most notable difference is that dispensaries can grow an unlimited number of marijuana plants.
Only medical patients can buy medical marijuana in Maine. Individuals who have received a patient certification from a medical professional may legally access medical marijuana from a caregiver or dispensary. Cards are available to Maine residents only.
How long does it take to get my caregiver card?