Updated on June 15, 2020. Medical content reviewed by Dr. Joseph Rosado, MD, M.B.A, Chief Medical Officer
One of the most important Maine marijuana facts dates back to November 02, 1999, when Ballot Question 2 was approved in Main. This effectively removed 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.
Senate Bill 611, on April 02, 2002, amended the maximum legal amount of usable marijuana qualified patients may possess, from one and one-quarter to two and one-half (2.5) ounces.
Question 5, on November 03, 2009, amended 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. Question 5 further contained provisions for establishing a patient and caregiver registry identification program; and contained instructions for the establishment and operation, of nonprofit dispensaries.
LD 1062, added Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) to the list of approved conditions for medical marijuana use, on June 25, 2013.
On November 8, 2016, Maine voters chose to legalize marijuana for recreational use, making the state one of only two states in the Northeast to do so. However, the winning margin of the “yes” votes was razor-thin — less than one percentage point. As a result, opponents demanded a statewide recall. According to the Bangor Daily News, they dropped their efforts on December 17, 2016, when they realized the recount would not reverse the results. Under the new law, Maine residents will be able to possess up to 2.5 ounces of weed.
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