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ME Marijuana Qualification

Updated on June 25, 2021.  Medical content reviewed by Dr. Joseph Rosado, MD, M.B.A, Chief Medical Officer

What Ailments Qualify For Medical Cannabis in Maine

As of June 6, 2019, medical marijuana patients visiting Maine from other jurisdictions are no longer required to obtain certification from a Maine-based medical provider or to designate a registered caregiver or dispensary in order to obtain medical marijuana.

Due to recent changes in Maine’s medical marijuana rules there is no longer a list of qualifying conditions. Now it’s up to your doctor to decide whether or not you can benefit from the use of cannabis.

If your certified medical marijuana doctor deems that you’re suffering from a chronic or debilitating medical condition and that you have not responded to traditional treatments, then you might be eligible.

As per LD 1539 & LD 238, Qualifying Conditions have been removed from Maine’s Medical Marijuana Program. If a medical professional thinks a Medical Marijuana Treatment Program will benefit the patient’s condition, the medical professional can certify the patient for Medical Marijuana. The provider must be registered from the Division of Licensing & Regulatory Services (DLRS) through Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS) to be able to issue certifications for patients.

Man patients suffering from the qualifying conditions below have benefited from a Medical Marijuana Treatment Program.

Maine Medical Marijuana Program: Information

  1. Patients must be at least eighteen (18) years of age. If the patient is under the age of eighteen (18) an Approved Caregiver must be designated and register on behalf of the patient.
  2. Patients must can be a resident of Maine or a Visiting Qualifying Patient. Patients who are visiting must already have their Registry Identification Card from their home state, provide a copy of their photo identification card, their certification from their home state and a copy of the visiting qualifying provider certification provided by Maine.
  3. Patient’s must be evaluated by a medical professional who is either a Medical Doctor, Nurse Practitioner or Physicians Assistant. Find a Certified Physician In ME Today!
  4. If a medical professional thinks a condition will benefit from a Medical Marijuana Treatment Plan, they will issue a certification for the patient.
  5. Patients must then submit their application for a Registry Identification Card to be able to purchase Medical Marijuana Products from licensed dispensaries.
    • Medical Professionals must establish an account with Medical Marijuana Certifications Online Services by providing License Number & Access Code.
      To obtain your Access Code, providers must call their appropriate board of licensure. Board Of Osteopathic – (207) 287-2480; Board Of Nursing – (207) 287-1133; Board of Medicine (207) 287-3601. 
  6. If the application is approved, patients will receive their Registry Identification Card to the address listed on the application.

Recent Legislation Changes

On December 23rd 2018, LD 1539 & LD 238 were implemented bringing sweeping changes and reforms to Maine’s Medical Marijuana Program.

On June 25, 2013, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) was added to the list of approved conditions for medical marijuana use, as per LD 1062.

While the amendment, Question 5, on November 03, 2009, updated the approved qualifying medical conditions to include: cancer, HIV / AIDS, glaucoma, hepatitis C, Crohn’s disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, nail-patella syndrome, Alzheimer’s disease, cachexia or wasting syndrome, severe nausea, chronic intractable pain, severe and persistent muscle spasms including multiple sclerosis, and seizures including epilepsy; in addition to establishing a patient and caregiver registry identification program; and providing instructions for the establishment and operation, of nonprofit dispensaries.

The amendment, Senate Bill 611, on April 02, 2002, increased the maximum amount of usable marijuana a qualified patient may possess, from one and one-quarter to two and one-half (2.5) ounces.

November 02, 1999, Ballot Question 2, was approved, effectively removing all state-level criminal penalties on the use, possession and cultivation of marijuana, by patients who have either an oral or written “medical opinion” stating that he or she “may benefit from the medical use of marijuana”, from their medical physician.

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