Maine

Maine

96,046
Registered Patient Population
7.15%
of Total Population Represented by Patients
430
Total Medical Retail Locations Currently in Operation
223 : 1
Patients : Retail

Cannabis is legal to all adults over 21 in Maine. Any adult may cultivate up to six plants at home, or up to 12 plants in a household of two or more adults. Patients enjoy a greater variety of dispensaries and producers than adult-use customers thanks to the caregiver system, which should be looked to as a model for other states that wish to expand access, lower costs to patients, and expand small business opportunities. Though there is a list of qualifying conditions for patients, a recommendation is ultimately up to the decision between a patient and their doctor. Patients visiting Maine may shop at the states medical cannabis dispensaries so long as their patient ID and state ID are from the same jurisdiction.

Patient Rights and Civil Protections 90/100   
Arrest Protection 25/25
Affirmative Defense 20/20
Parental Rights Protections 20/20
Employment Protections 20/20
DUI Protections 0/10
Explicit Privacy Standards 5/5
Access to Medicine 95/100   
Authorizes Retail Access 10/10
Alternative Accessibility Methods 20/20
- Authorizes Delivery 10/10
- Authorizes Curbside Pickup 10/10
Personal Cultivation 15/15
Collective Gardening 5/5
Sufficient Number of Licenced Retailers 30/30
Reciprocity 15/20
Program Functionality 100/100   
Legal Protections Within Reasonable Time Frame 20/20
Reasonable Possession Limits 10/10
Reasonable Purchase Limits 10/10
Telemedicine for Physician Certifications 15/15
Patient and Physician Representation in Program Decision Making 20/20
Reasonable Caregiver Standards 5/5
- Background Checks 2/2
- Number of Caregivers 3/3
Reasonable Physician Standards 5/5
Access to Administration Methods 10/10
- Allows Dried Flower 5/5
- Allows Edibles, Concentrates, and Other Forms 5/5
Provides Access to Minors on School Grounds 5/5
Affordability 60/100   
Sales Tax Break for Patients and Caregivers 20/20
Covered by State Insurance or Health Aid 0/20
Reasonable Registration Fees 20/20
Financial Hardship Waivers or Discounts 20/20
Donation Program 0/10
Allows Multi-Year Registrations 0/10
Health and Social Equity 75/100   
State Program Protections 25/25
Housing Protections 20/25
Access for Minors 5/10
Access in Underserved Areas 0/10
List of Qualifying Conditions is Exhaustive or All Inclusive 8/10
Allows Patients to Medicate Where they Choose 7/10
Organ Transplants 5/5
Ownership or Employment Restrictions 5/5
Consumer Protection and Product Safety 123/200   
Total 14/50
Quality Management Systems 0/10
Staff Training 0/10
Standard Operating Procedures 4/8
- Facility and Equipment Sanitation 0/1
- Workplace Safety 0/1
- Storage 0/1
- Batch and Lot Tracking 1/1
- Security 1/1
- Waste Disposal 1/1
- Water Management 0/1
- Records Management 1/1
Pesticide Usage Limitations 2/2
Environmental Impact Regulations 0/2
Required Testing 7/8
- Cannabinoids 1/1
- Terpenes 0/1
- Microbials 1/1
- Aflatoxins 1/1
- Pesticides 1/1
- Heavy Metals 1/1
- Foreign Matter 1/1
- Moisture Content/ Water Activity 1/1
Packaging and Labeling 1/3
- Cannabinoids 0/1
- Terpenes 0/1
- Pesticides 1/1
Complaints, Adverse Event Reporting, and Recall Protocol 0/7
Total 37/50
Quality Management Systems 10/10
Staff Training 10/10
Standard Operating Procedures 6/7
- Facility and Equipment Sanitation 1/1
- Workplace Safety 1/1
- Storage 0/1
- Batch and Lot Tracking 1/1
- Security 1/1
- Waste Disposal 1/1
- Records Management 1/1
Environmental Impact Regulations 0/3
Required Testing 9/10
- Cannabinoids 1/1
- Terpenes 0/1
- Microbials 1/1
- Aflatoxins 1/1
- Pesticides 1/1
- Heavy Metals 1/1
- Residual Solvents 1/1
- Homogeneity 1/1
- Foreign Matter 1/1
- Water Activity 1/1
Packaging and Labeling 2/5
- Cannabinoids 1/1
- Terpenes 0/1
- Ingredients 1/1
- Allergens 0/1
- Nutritional Content 0/1
Complaints, Adverse Event Reporting and Recall Protocol 0/5
Total 24/50
Staff Training 20/20
Standard Operating Procedures 4/7
- Facility Sanitation 0/1
- Workplace Safety 0/1
- Storage 1/1
- Batch and Lot Tracking 1/1
- Security 1/1
- Waste Disposal 0/1
- Records Management 1/1
Product Testing 0/10
- Product Meets Requirements Before Sale 0/5
- COA Disclosure 0/5
Complaints, Adverse Event Reporting and Recall Protocol 0/13
Total 48/50
Independent or Third-Party 5/5
Laboratory Sampling 3/5
Method Validation 4/4
Quality Management Systems 5/5
Staff Training 20/20
Standard Operating Procedures 7/7
- Facility and Equipment Sanitation 1/1
- Equipment and Instrument Calibration 1/1
- Workplace Safety 1/1
- Sample Tracking 1/1
- Security 1/1
- Waste Disposal 1/1
- Records Management 1/1
Result Reporting 4/4
Score Penalties 10/100   
Gives Regulatory Preference to Adult Use 10/20
Classifies Cannabis as a Medicine of Last Resort 0/15
Administrative or Supply Problems 0/15
Requires Vertical Integration 0/10
Creates New Criminal Penalties for Patients 0/10
Limits Patients to a Single Retailer 0/10
No System for Adding Qualifying Conditions 0/10
Imposes Bans or Limits on THC 0/5
Imposes Bans or Limits on CBD 0/5
Excerpted from ASA's 2021 State of the States Report.
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History of Medical Cannabis in Maine

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