What is Maine's Law on Cannabis (Marijuana)
Medical Cannabis (Marijuana)
Maine has allowed physicians to prescribe cannabis 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.
Adult Use Cannabis (Recreational Marijuana)
In November 2016, voters approved Question 1, which legalized cannabis 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 cannabis. 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." Adult use cannabis is regulated by the Office of Cannabis Policy.
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