Maine Medical Marijuana
Maine Medical Marijuana was initiated in 1998 for the legal protection of those patients who may benefit from the medical use of cannabis. Medical Marijuana Maine law is one of the more ambiguous laws of the current allowing states. It specifies very little other than basic protection from prosecution and asset seizure, usable amounts, and qualifying conditions / requirements.
In addition to its ambiguous nature, there is no formal application process, or registration requirement. To use Medical Marijuana as an affirmative defense in Maine, an individual is required to provide written verification that they meet one of the qualifying conditions, as diagnosed by a licensed physician. Referring physicians have been proven to be protected under Federal law via the First Amendment.
Patients over the age of 18 must have a physician’s written certification that they suffer from at least one of the following chronic or debilitating medical conditions:
Patients under the age of 18 who suffer from at least one of the above conditions must also have written authorization from a parent or legal guardian.
Allowable amounts of Maine Medical Marijuana are limited—per patient/caregiver—to 2.5 ounces and 6 plants, 3 of which must be non flowering. No specific literature is found in Medical Marijuana Maine laws about distribution or cultivation. The ambiguity of the law continues in that no information is provided on where to grow, how many patients a caregiver can have under their care, or how many caregivers may share a growing space. The lack of information may allow for dispensaries to form, however, anyone looking into such organizations should consult an attorney in this state.
As with all other states that allow Medical Marijuana, no public consumption is allowed. Nor are there any specific literature regarding housing or employment protection. Maine Medical Marijuana does not require any insurance company to reimburse expenses related to the cultivation, procurement, or consumption of cannabis.
News & Updates
Maine to Soon Implement Amended Medical Marijuana Laws
Maine is set to put into effect later this year a number of amendments to its medical marijuana statute. Among the most significant changes to the law is the fact that patients will no longer be required to register with the state to use marijuana for medical purposes. The amendments will go into effect in late September of this year.
The start of 2011 say a new first for the state of Maine: a Medical Marijuana Expo. The expo, which was held in the city of Portland played host to pro Medical Marijuana groups, and provided resources for caregivers and growers, as well as patients.
A vacant building along Route 111 in Biddeford, Maine will soon have new life--not only in the form of a new occupant, but also with Medical Marijuana flowering inside.
The Biddeford City Council gave the "go ahead" for Safe Harbor Maine, Inc--an not for profit company--to open a dispensary and grow center along Route 111. Maine Medical Marijuana laws require dispensaries to grow their own medication, and allow dispensaries and grow centers to occupy the same space.
A referendum was passed in November of 2009 which is finally being implemented in the Maine Medical Marijuana arena. Even though Maine Medical Marijuana was approved over 10 years ago, the recognition and acceptance of dispensaries changes the landscape of Medical Marijuana in Maine and makes the state only the 5th to explicitly recognize dispensaries.