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. As with the medical marijuana legislation, full implementation of the law awaits review and development of regulatory provisions before it is complete. Beginning January 30, 2017, persons 21 years or older are allowed to use (in private places or state-licensed social clubs), possess, or transport up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana. There is a moratorium on retail sales until at least February 2018, giving a special legislative committee time to develop new rules.
As with alcohol sales, municipalities can vote on whether or not to be a “dry town” regarding marijuana retail establishments and social clubs. Marijuana is still illegal at the federal level.
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