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How Old Do You Have to Be to Smoke Weed in Maine?

If you spend time (or plan to spend time) in Maine, either as a resident or as a tourist, you may be curious about how old you have to be to smoke weed in the Pine Tree State. Mainers at least 18 years old have been able to use medical marijuana since 1999, and in November of 2016, residents voted to pass the Maine Marijuana Legalization Act to make it legal for men and women at least 21 years of age to use the herb at their leisure.

As of January 30th, 2017, adults at least 21 years of age have been allowed to consume cannabis and have up to 2 ½ ounces of usable cannabis (flowers, edibles, and concentrates) in their possession, the same limit as medical marijuana patients. Maine's legislation prohibits anyone from smoking weed or eating cannabis products openly in public, but there are plans to open state-regulated “cannabis clubs” - where 21-year-old men and women can consume marijuana socially - in the future.

However, until the state issues licenses to dispensaries, it’s still technically illegal to buy recreational marijuana in Maine no matter how old you are. Maine plans to allow retail cannabis sales to begin in February 2018, so until that time, adults who are at least 21 years old must rely on either growing their own or being gifted some weed to smoke, as the state allows adults to give away up 2 ½ ounces of marijuana to other adults as long as nothing of value is given as payment.

Growing Cannabis in Maine

To the delight of residents, Maine has some of the most relaxed rules in the nation regarding how many marijuana plants 21-year-old adults can grow. Each person can have as many cannabis seedlings as he or she wants, but only 12 immature (non-flowering) plants and six mature (flowering) plants at a time. However, the grower must tag each plant with his or her name and state-issued identification number.

In ending, remember that it's illegal to smoke weed while driving or to transport cannabis across state lines. You can learn more about the rules about smoking weed and consuming cannabis in Maine by visiting the state's webpage on recreational marijuana.


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