Medical Marijuana Act in Maine was approved by voters in 1999 and took effect that year, allowing patients to possess and cultivate medical marijuana with a physician’s written certificate for medical use.

Caregiver Laws

Anyone who is at least 21 years of age and has no background of any drug felony offense. Must be approved by the department (DHHS) by submitting an application form given by the qualifying registered patient to assist with the medicinal use of marijuana. Caregivers may assist not more than five qualifying patients. A caregiver may possess two-and-a-half ounces of prepared marijuana and can cultivate a total of six plants for a registered qualifying patient.

Dispensary Laws

A dispensary is required to register with the Department of Health and Human Service by submitting a completed application form with the completed documentation and required application fee. The owner/operator must be at least 21 years of age and have no background of any drug felony conviction.There shall be at least one registered marijuana dispensary in each of the eight districts of the state. Dispensaries are required to have security equipment to prevent unauthorized entrance. They must not be located within 500 feet from a public or private school attended by minors.

Grower Laws

Can be a non-registered or voluntary registered patient, a primary caregiver, or a registered dispensary designated by a qualifying patient to cultivate medicinal marijuana. Must be approved by the department (DHHS) and have paid the required application fee. Cultivation site must be at least 500 feet from a private or public school with an enclosed and locked facility, and a grower may cultivate a total of six plants.

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