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Maine Medical Marijuana Qualification

Who Qualifies for Medicinal Marijuana in Maine

On November 2, 1999, 61% of Maine voters approved Question 2, which removes state-level criminal penalties on the use, possession and cultivation of medical marijuana (also referred to as medical weed, medical pot or medical cannabis) by patients who possess a recommendation from their physician. The law did not initially establish a state-run patient registry nor give any guidelines for dispensaries. However, Question 5, which was approved by 59% of voters on November 3, 2009, establishes a confidential patient registry and medical marijuana card system, and licenses nonprofit organizations to provide medical marijuana to qualified patients. 

Read the full text of the Maine Medical Marijuana Act here.

How to Become a Medical Marijuana Patient in Maine

  1. Must be a resident of Maine with a valid Maine I.D. as proof of residency. If you do not have a Maine I.D. an out of state I.D., passport, or other photo I.D. with proof of residency such as bank statement, utility bill, etc is acceptable.
  2. You must obtain legitimate medical records or documentation from your primary care physician describing their diagnosis and bring these records with you to your marijuana evaluation appointment. Learn how to request your medical records.
  3. Obtain an authenticated, written certification from a physician licensed in the state of Maine, with whom you maintain a bona fide relationship stating that you might benefit from the medical use of marijuana. This must be printed on tamper-proof paper. Find a medical marijuana doctor in Maine here.
  4. Register with the Maine Medical Use of Marijuana Program to receive a registry id card, known as a medical marijuana card. Note: As of September 28, 2011 this registry program is strictly optional.

Which Ailments Can Be Treated with Medical Cannabis in Maine

Patients in Maine diagnosed with the following illnesses are afforded legal protection under the Maine Medical Marijuana Act:

  • 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

Medical Marijuana Access

Some medical marijuana patients will claim they have a doctor's prescription for medical marijuana, but marijuana prescriptions are in fact illegal. The federal government classifies marijuana as a schedule I drug. Therefore doctors are unable to prescribe marijuana to their patients, and medical marijuana patients cannot go to a pharmacy to fill a prescription for medical marijuana. Instead, medical marijuana physicians will supply patients with a medical marijuana recommendation in compliance with state law.

 According to Maine medical marijuana law, patients and their caregivers may grow medical marijuana for the patient's private use and may possess 2.5 ounces and six plants, three of which may be mature. The Maine Department of Health and Human Services is currently in the process of establishing 8 non-profit dispensaries, where patients and caregivers will be able to purchase medical marijuana. These dispensaries are expected to open in 2011.

How to Contact the Maine Department of Health and Human Services

Mailing Address:
Department of Health and Human Services
221 State Street
Augusta, ME 04333