Maine Marijuana Laws

Recreational (Comprehensive) and Medical (Comprehensive)


Important Dates

1975: Legislation was passed decriminalizing possession of up to one and one half ounces of Marijuana after it was banned in 1913.
1999: 
The use of medical marijuana was legalized.
2009: 
The possession of up to two and one half ounces of Marijuana was decriminalized. The Maine Medical Marijuana Initiative, a statute that created non-profit dispensaries and a state-wide ID card system, was passed.
2016: 
Recreational use of marijuana and the purchase of recreational marijuana from dispensaries was legalized.

History

Maine started their campaign for marijuana use in 1975 when legislations passed decriminalizing the possession of up to one and one half ounces of marijuana by and adult over the age of 21. Momentum on this issue was stalled for several years, but in 1999 there was another breakthrough when Maine’s populace legalized the use of medical marijuana by a majority of 62%.

In May of 2009, Governor John Baldacci signed legislation that decriminalized the possession of up to two and one half ounces of usable cannabis. Question 5, or the Medical Marijuana Initiative, which created a state-wide ID card system, was placed on a ballot in November of 2009 and was approved with a majority vote of 58%.

In 2013 and 2014, Portland and South Portland both attained a majority vote to legalize the possession of up to two and one half ounces of recreational marijuana within city limits. In 2016, with a majority of 50.26%, Maine voted to legalize the use of marijuana and the purchase of marijuana from nonprofit dispensaries for recreational use.

FAQs

Can I possess, buy or grow marijuana in Maine?

A medical marijuana patient or recreational marijuana user, ages 21 years and older, can possess up to two and one half ounces of usable marijuana and five grams of cannabis concentrates at one time without penalty. Currently, only card carrying medical marijuana patients can legally obtain cannabis through purchase at a state licensed nonprofit dispensary.

An adult over the age of 21 can cultivate up to six mature plants or 12 immature (non-flowering) plants on private property without penalty.

Can I operate a vehicle while under the influence of marijuana in Maine?

It is illegal to operate a motor vehicle while under the influence of any intoxicants, including marijuana.

How do I get a medical marijuana card in Maine?

Patients with qualifying conditions may receive a medical marijuana card from a registered caregiver and can do so online.

Can I use marijuana in public in Maine?

No. Both medical and recreational marijuana must be consumed in a non-public place.

Can I sell marijuana in Maine?

Only licensed and registered medical marijuana retailers can legally sell up to two and one half ounces of usable marijuana to a card carrying medical marijuana patient every fifteen days. While recreational marijuana use and sale from registered nonprofit dispensaries was legalized in 2017, the sale of recreational marijuana by the aforementioned dispensaries has been postponed until February of 2018.

Disclaimer

The information presented here should not be construed as legal advice. State and Federal laws are always subject to change. We aim to keep this page as updated as possible; however, for additional information regarding Maine marijuana laws, please see the Maine State Legislature Website, Maine State Government Website, Find Law and the National Conference of State Legislatures.