Maine Medical Marijuana Laws, Qualification Guidelines, and ID Card Information
The State of Maine has a legalized medical marijuana program, which allows you to receive a marijuana recommendation from a certified physician, apply for a State-issued Medical Marijuana ID Card, and grow and/or purchase marijuana for medicinal use per state guidelines. We have compiled the following index of information to serve as a library to our users for legal reference of their Maine’s laws and guidelines regarding Medical Cannabis.
Please click a corresponding link to find out more about your Maine’s Medical Marijuana Program.
Find out Who Qualifies for Marijuana in Maine in our definitive guide of Maine’s qualification guidelines. Read up on medical conditions that are covered under Maine’s medical marijuana program, age restrictions, criminal conviction restrictions, and more.
Maine Medical Marijuana Laws
Read Maine’s Full Medical Marijuana Laws to gain full specific knowledge of Maine’s exact legal guidelines without interpretation. We suggest that you print Maine’s Full Medicinal Marijuana Laws for use with our MyDoc program in order to provide your physician full insight into Maine’s laws for his knowledge.
Maine Medical Marijuana Card
Find out how to obtain a Maine Medical Marijuana Card with our guide to Maine’s state medicinal marijuana ID program. Some states require that you obtain your card prior to obtaining your medicine, so read here first to ensure that you know Maine’s requirements.
Maine Medical Marijuana Statistics and Marijuana Facts
Voters in Maine first approved medical marijuana in the state in 1999 with the passage Ballot Question 2. This initiative, passed with 61% of the vote, removed state-level criminal penalties for marijuana possession for patients with a doctor’s recommendation. Patients or their caregivers were allowed to possess up to 2.5 ounces usable marijuana when the law was amended in 2002. Marijuana Facts and statistics for Maine are however not available for the period between 1999 and 2009 as Question 2 did not create a state registry or a dispensary system. When 59% of voters passed Ballot Question 5 (the Maine Medical Marijuana Act) in November of 2009 the state finally created a marijuana patients registry and began to develop a non-profit dispensary system. The initiative also expanded the number of qualifying conditions.
Maine Medical Marijuana Facts 2011
- As of March 2011, there were 796 Patients in possession of a Maine Medical Marijuana Card according to the medical marijuana statistics of the Maine Department of Health. At the same time there were 310 applications still pending.
- 211 caregivers have been authorized, 27 are pending.
- 126 doctors have recommended medical marijuana in Maine since the new system was put into place.
- Maine marijuana patients are most heavily concentrated in Cumberland, Kennebec and York counties.
- Over 60% of doctors who have recommended medical marijuana in Maine specialize in family practice. Internal medicine specialists are a distant second at roughly 15% of the total.
- Very few dispensaries are available for marijuana patients, in fact only 3 have been authorized so far: Maine Organic Therapy, Remedy Compassion Center and Safe Alternatives. Another 5 are pending
- As of March 2011, $211,176 had been spent by the state to set up and manage the medical marijuana program.