What is Maine's Law on Marijuana
Maine has allowed physicians to prescribe marijuana for therapeutic use since 1999 but the law was not implemented until the November 2009 approval of citizen-initiated legislation providing for the licensing and regulation of caregivers and dispensaries. Though voters had approved the text of the law, implementation was postponed to allow for review by a Task Force, amendment of the law by the Legislature, and promulgation of DHHS rules.
In November 2016, voters approved Question 1, which legalized marijuana for recreational use. Beginning January 30, 2017, persons 21 years or older were allowed to use (in a private place), possess, or transport up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana. Also in January 2017, the Legislature approved a moratorium on retail sales until February 2018. On May 2, 2018, the Legislature overrode the Governor's veto of LD 1719, which facilitates "the development and administration of a regulated marketplace in the State for adult use marijuana." Full implementation of the law awaits review and development of regulatory provisions before it is complete.
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