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A Guide To Legal Weed In Maine

Maine certainly is a “Vacationland” for weed enthusiasts. While the Pine Tree State might not seem all that progressive, it has some of the Northeast’s most relaxed cannabis laws. Ever since 2016, adults could legally possess and use cannabis. As long as Mainers light their pot in a private residence, they shouldn’t fear getting arrested. Check our guide to legal weed in Maine to find more information.

Is Weed Legal In Maine? – The Basics On Maine Cannabis Laws

While there were a few attempts to decriminalize weed in the 1970s, it wasn’t until the late 1990s that Mainers got serious about legalizing marijuana. Indeed, in 1999, Maine residents voiced their support for the state’s first Medical Marijuana Registry. Listed as “Question 2” on the November ballot, this initiative helped create the state’s Medical Use Marijuana Program under the Department of Health.

Today, Maine patients with a doctor’s approval could apply for a state-approved MMJ card through the Office of Marijuana Policy’s website. Maine also allows MMJ patients to hire a licensed caretaker to purchase and transport cannabis from state-approved dispensaries.

About ten years after Maine approved its Medical Marijuana Program, lawmakers in Augusta passed decriminalization laws for small traces of recreational weed (< 2.5 ounces of flower). Shortly after that, Portland residents legalized recreational cannabis in their city. In 2013, anyone over 21 in Portland could legally own 2.5 ounces of cannabis and smoke it in their homes.

It wasn’t long before the rest of Maine followed Portland’s lead. Indeed, in 2016, voters narrowly approved the Marijuana Legalization Act. While this law didn’t establish a commercial dispensary program, it legalized small traces of adult-use recreational cannabis.

After a few years of debate in the State Capitol, commercial dispensaries formally opened in 2020. While Maine leaders hinted they will allow some dispensaries to create in-store smoke areas, these probably won’t appear till 2023.

Since Portland was the first city to embrace legal pot, it makes sense that most of Maine’s hottest dispensaries are located here. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t find lovely ganja nugs in other cities like Augusta, Bangor, and Lewiston.

Here are just a few noteworthy dispensaries now operating in the Pine Tree State:

How Much Maine Weed Could You Buy?

Compared with many other marijuana-friendly states, Maine has relatively high cannabis possession limits. Under the state’s current laws, adults could possess up to 2.5 ounces of cannabis flower or 5 grams of marijuana concentrate at any time.

However, there are steep penalties for anyone who goes over these limits. Indeed, if you’re caught with just above 2.5 ounces of marijuana flower, you could face 6 months in jail or a $1,000 fine. These restrictions only get more severe the more recreational weed you have in your home.

Could Maine Residents Grow Marijuana At Home?

Not only could Mainers purchase pot from a state-approved dispensary, but also they could grow recreational marijuana indoors. Indeed, you could cultivate up to three mature plants and 12 immature plants at any time in your home. If you’re on Maine’s MMJ program, you could grow up to six mature marijuana plants and 12 immature strains.

Does Maine Allow Cannabis Delivery?

Currently, only MMJ patients could legally order “pot delivery” in Maine. However, Augusta lawmakers are considering a new bill that would create a marijuana delivery license. Known as LD 1621, this bill gained some traction during the COVID-19 pandemic. Unfortunately for weed fans, LD 1621 fizzled out in November of 2020.

At this point, it’s unclear when potheads in Maine could legally order cannabis delivery services. Until there’s greater clarity from the State Capitol, marijuana fans will have to pick up their buds in a state-approved store.

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