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Maine Medical Marijuana Law Fact Sheet

Maine Medical Marijuana Law Fact Sheet

Posted by Marijuana Doctors on 02/28/2010 in Medical Marijuana Laws

How do I get medical marijuana in Maine? Is marijuana, cannabis, pot or weed legal in Maine? What’s the difference between a marijuana recommendation and a marijuana prescription? How do I find a medical marijuana doctor?

With different rules for each medical marijuana state, it can be difficult to find the answers to these questions. So we’ve compiled this Maine Medical Marijuana Law Fact Sheet to make it a little easier to obtain the medicine you need.

State Measure:

Question 2

Date Passed:

November 2, 1999

Defenses Provided:

Maine medical marijuana laws provide exemption from prosecution for patients in possession of a “usable amount” of medical marijuana and written documentation from a physician; Patients who are in compliance with statue are granted an affirmative defense.

Medical Marijuana Uses:

Under Maine medical marijuana law, medical cannabis may be used for the following conditions: Cancer, Glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, hepatitis C, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s Disease), Crohn’s disease, agitation of Alzheimer’s disease, nail-patella syndrome or the treatment of these conditions; a chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition or its treatment that produces intractable pain, which is pain that has not responded to ordinary medical or surgical measures for more than 6 months; a chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition or its treatment that produces one or more of the following: Cachexia or wasting syndrome; Severe nausea; Seizures, including those characteristic of epilepsy; or severe and persistent muscle spasms, including those characteristic of multiple sclerosis or Crohn’s disease.

Documentation Needed:

In order to qualify for medical marijuana in Maine, patients must obtain a valid, written documentation from a licensed physician stating that the patient has a qualifying condition; the physician has discussed the risks and benefits of medical marijuana; and the patient has been “advised” by the physician that he or she “might benefit” from medical marijuana.

Marijuana Card Program:

The Maine Department of Health and Human Services is currently in the process of developing rules and fee schedules for the new Maine Medical Marijuana Program, which will distribute medical marijuana cards (aka cannabis cards) to qualifying patients.

Cannabis Possession and Growing Limits:

Medical cannabis patients in Maine are legally allowed to possess 2.5 usable ounce of medical pot and are permitted to grow or cultivate up to six cannabis plants, three of which may be mature.

Caregiver Provisions:

Medical Marijuana patients in Maine may designate one caregiver to obtain cannabis on the patient’s behalf. This caregiver must have consistently assumed responsibility for the housing, health, or safety of the patient or who is a member of the same household and is named in a written individual instruction or power of attorney for health care.

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