While the state approved one of the highest marijuana limits in the country (up to 2.5 ounces), Maine still has some time before recreational sales become open to the public.
Currently, government officials have nine months to finishing nailing down the details of regulations for licensing, importing and taxing cannabis. Once these laws have been passed, public recreational dispensaries will be free to open their doors. However, state laws also give individual cities the right to deny cannabis-based businesses from opening within this district.
While recreational purchases may be off of the table until early 2018, medical marijuana is still available in dispensaries throughout the state. Medical marijuana dispensaries have been legal in Maine since 2009, and continue to sell to card-carrying patients.
In order to purchase cannabis from a medical dispensary, you must hold a medical card given to you by a licensed physician. Physicians may prescribe medical marijuana to treat medical conditions such as cancer, glaucoma, HIV/Aids, Hepatitis C, Crohn's disease, Alzheimer's disease, severe nausea, seizures, and severe or persistent muscle spasms.
Once a physician has determined that the use of cannabis can benefit your current physical state, you will need to fill out a medical marijuana form with the state that will be signed by your physician and exchanged for a medical marijuana card.
With a medical marijuana card, you will be allowed to legally purchase up to 2.5 ounces of cannabis from licensed dispensaries. However, any amount of marijuana purchased in Maine is not allowed to be taken across state lines and can be treated as a felony if you are caught doing so.
Maine's new marijuana laws were the result of a historically tight vote, and they continue to undergo frequent modifications. For this reason, residents and tourist can anticipate the availability of cannabis to gradually grow over time