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Maine Medical Marijuana Facts

Maine Medical Marijuana Statistics and Marijuana Facts

Voters in Maine first approved medical marijuana in the state in 1999 with the passage of Ballot Question 2. This initiative, passed with 61% of the vote, removed state-level criminal penalties for marijuana possession for patients with a doctor’s recommendation. Patients or their caregivers were allowed to possess up to 2.5 ounces usable marijuana when the law was amended in 2002. Marijuana Facts and statistics for Maine are not available, however, for the period between 1999 and 2009 as Question 2 did not create a state registry or a dispensary system. When 59% of voters passed Ballot Question 5 (the Maine Medical Marijuana Act) in November of 2009 the state finally created a marijuana patients registry and began to develop a non-profit dispensary system. The initiative also expanded the number of qualifying conditions.

Maine Medical Marijuana Facts 2011

  • As of March 2011, there were 796 Patients in possession of a Maine Medical Marijuana Card according to the medical marijuana statistics of the Maine Department of Health. At the same time there were 310 applications still pending.
  • 211 caregivers have been authorized, 27 are pending.
  • 126 doctors have recommended medical marijuana in Maine since the new system was put into place.
  • Maine marijuana patients are most heavily concentrated in Cumberland, Kennebec and York counties.
  • Over 60% of doctors who have recommended medical marijuana in Maine specialize in family practice. Internal medicine specialists are a distant second at roughly 15% of the total.
  • Very few dispensaries are available for marijuana patients, in fact only 3 have been authorized so far: Maine Organic Therapy, Remedy Compassion Center and Safe Alternatives. Another 5 are pending
  • As of March 2011, $211,176 had been spent by the state to set up and manage the medical marijuana program.

Medical Marijuana Facts and Statistics: Patients by County 

County

Number of Patients

Androscoggin

56

Aroostook

19

Cumberland

136

Franklin

36

Hancock

17

Kennebec

162

Knox

22

Lincoln

31

Oxford

57

Penobscot

45

Piscataquis

3

Sagadahoc

37

Somerset

51

Waldo

20

Washington

22

York

88

Medical Marijuana Facts and Statistics: Doctor Distribution 

Specialization

Number of Doctors

Internal Medicine

20

Family Practice

75

General Practice

3

Physical Medicine

3

Neurology

9

Pain

2

Hematology

5

Proctology

1

Rheumatology

2

Gastroenterology

3

Ophthalmology

1

Oncology

2