Recreational and medical marijuana are both legal in Maine with medical legalized in 1999 and recreational legalized in 2016. Read on to learn more about Maine's current marijuana laws and where you can find a marijuana dispensary in Maine.
What you need to know about Maine’s Cannabis Laws
- Both recreational and medical marijuana are legal in the state of Maine for adults aged 21 and older
- Maine is home to many marijuana dispensaries located across the state, which include both medical and recreational cannabis
- It is legal to transport up to 2.5 ounces (71 grams) of marijuana for adults aged 21 and older
- Maine dispensaries will accept out of state medical cards if the home state allows the card holder to purchase in Maine.
- It is legal to cultivate up to three mature plants, twelve immature plants and an unlimited number of seedlings for personal use in Maine for adults 21 and older (https://legislature.maine.gov/statutes/28-B/title28-Bsec1502.html)
- Currently in Maine use of marijuana in public places is prohibited
Maine Recreational Marijuana Laws
Marijuana was legalized for use by adults over the age of 21 in 2016. If you live in Maine or are visiting the state, you may carry up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana or 2.5 ounces of cannabis-infused items. Residents of Maine growing marijuana are legally permitted to possess three mature plants, 12 immature plants, and an unlimited number of seedlings.
Despite recreational marijuana being legalized in 2016, stores for recreational users were not allowed to open until October 2020. While there are a number of recreational stores in cities across Maine, there are many locations only serving medical patients. Check out our map of dispensaries in Maine to find the closest recreational store or delivery service near you.
Recreational marijuana purchases are currently subject to a 15.5% tax (excise tax + sales tax).
Maine Medical Marijuana Laws
Since 1999 doctors in Maine have been able to prescribe marijuana for their patients. It wasn’t until 2009 that Maine voters allowed medical marijuana patients to purchase marijuana through a local dispensary. Medical marijuana patients may possess up to 2.5 ounces of flower, 2.5 ounces of concentrate, and 2.5 ounces of cannabis infused edibles.
Medical marijuana patients may legally grow up to six mature plants and possess 12 immature plants. There is no cap on the number of seedlings you are able to own.
Medical marijuana purchases are currently subject to the standard 5.5% sales tax. Edible marijuana products carry an 8% sales tax.
How to get your Medical Marijuana Card in Maine
Residents of Maine have a few options when it comes to getting a medical card in Maine. You could meet with a physician in personal or video chat online to discuss your symptoms and determine if medical marijuana is the best option for you. In Maine, there are some medical dispensaries who host physicians who meet with potential patients on-site for medical cards once or twice a month. Find your local dispensaries on social media or use Google to find a physician who can help you get your medical marijuana card. Maine medical marijuana cards must be renewed annually.
Additional Marijuana Laws to be Aware of in Maine
- Public use or consumption of marijuana is illegal in Maine. This includes sporting and music venues, state and national parks, campsites, bars, and restaurants.
- It is illegal to use marijuana in a vehicle for both drivers and passengers. Drivers in Maine could be charged with a DUI if they are found to be driving under the influence of marijuana.
- If you are planning to grow marijuana plants at home, be sure they are not easily visible from any public way.
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