Maine Legal Information
In 1998, voters enacted the Maine Medical Marijuana Act to protect patients who use cannabis medically on the advice of their doctor. The Maine legislature approved SB 611 in 2002, which increased the medical cannabis possession limit for those who could legally acquire medicine under the 1998 act.
In 2009, the voters of Maine modified the 1998 act with another initiative, Question 5. Question 5 added several qualifying conditions and created both a statewide distribution program and a statewide patient registry system.
The legislature amended the law in 2012 to provide better patient privacy. Registered patients or their designated caregivers may possess up to 2.5 ounces of usable cannabis and cultivate up to six mature plants. In 2013, the Maine legislature passed HP755/LD1062, which added Post Traumatic Stress Disorder to the list of official qualifying conditions.
In 2016, LD 726 was passed, authorizing third party testing labs.
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Voters in the State of Maine enacted the Maine Medical Marijuana Act of 1998 to protect patients who use cannabis medically on the advice of their doctor.
To qualify for legal protections in Maine, a patient must have a doctor’s certification that the patient has one of the eligible conditions specified by state law
Medical professionals recommending medical cannabis must be licensed as an osteopathic physician by the Board of Osteopathic Licensure pursuant to Title 32, chapter 36 or a person licensed as a physician or surgeon by the Board of Licensure in Medicine pursuant to Title 32, chapter 48 who is in good standing and who holds a valid federal Drug Enforcement Administration license to prescribe drugs.
Unfortunately, patients, caregivers, and providers are still vulnerable to federal and state arrests, prosecutions, and incarceration. They also suffer pervasive discrimination in employment, child custody, housing, public accommodation, education and medical care.