Maine (ME) Medical Marijuana Laws
Question 2 was passed by voters in 1999 and took effect later that year, allowing patients to possess and cultivate medical marijuana with an oral or written “professional opinion” from their physician. Patients who are arrested for having more than the allowed amount of marijuana may use a “simple defense” against the charges. Amendments established a confidential registry and identification program (required for eligible patients). Maine allows visiting qualifying medical marijuana patients with a valid medical marijuana identification to medicate within the state.
- Illnesses: epilepsy and other conditions characterized by seizures; glaucoma; multiple sclerosis and other muscle spasticity disorders; nausea; HIV/AIDS; cancer; hepatitis C; Lou Gehrig’s disease; Crohn’s disease; Alzheimer’s disease; nail-patella syndrome cachexia (other conditions subject to state approval)
- Possession: 2.5 ounces of usable marijuana
- Cultivation: Six marijuana plants, no more than three of which are mature
- Dispensaries: Up to eight non-profit dispensaries, one for each public health district, are allowed under state law
- Caregivers: Must be 21 years of age or older and can never have been convicted of a drug offense
- Statute: Maine Rev. Stat. tit. 22, 2421 – 2430
Maine voted to have marijuana be recreational for ages 21 + in November of 2016. After the vote was announced Governor Paul Lepage quickly blocked the law and called for a re-count. He later cancelled the recount, but did not end his mission of blocking the law. He has since blocked a bill that would have seen Maine with retail marijuana sales by the end of 2018.
We here at Strainfind live in Maine so we are close to this issue. We believe that the medical marijuana industry should still be valued as an absolute necessity and are worried that recreational marijuana may push medical marijuana to the back burner.