As of 2016, Maine has joined the ranks of states that have made the choice to legalize the use of recreational marijuana.

While the law has been approved, the state is still undergoing the creation of new laws associated with the selling and purchasing of marijuana. Policymakers currently have a year to create a solid system for the licensing, testing and tracking marijuana sales and business licenses. This means the earliest the state can expect to see the public retail sale of marijuana will be early 2018. Medical dispensaries, however, can opt to offer marijuana for recreational use. Dispensaries that choose to can offer concentrates, edibles, transdermal products, seeds, and clones.

While the retail laws may still be developing, adults age 21 and older are permitted to possess up to 2.5 ounces of cannabis. Adults are also allowed to have up to six mature cannabis plants, or 12 immature cannabis plants, in their home at any given time. There are some limitations to where and when residents and tourists are allowed to consume marijuana. It is illegal to use cannabis in public and within a certain distance to schools. However, once retail and business licenses have been developed, there is room for the creation of cannabis clubs similar to those found in Europe.

Tourists visiting Maine are also able to purchase marijuana from dispensaries since all that is required is a form of government ID proving they are at least 21 years old. However, those visiting the state are not allowed to take marijuana across state lines, and doing so can even be considered a felony.

Laws regarding the recreational use of marijuana in Maine are fairly new and have already undergone a recount and a strong resistance from the public. For this reason, it is important to stay up to date on current state laws to avoid federal action.

Update: On January 31st, 2017 Maine became the eighth state to officially legalize cannabis recreationally. If you're heading to Maine, now you know what you can do!