Maine has a medical marijuana program that allows 8 state sanctioned dispensaries to provide cannabis to qualifying patients.
Maine legalized medical marijuana in 1999 when voters approved Ballot Question 2, or Maine Medical Marijuana For Specific Illnesses. The measure allows qualifying patients to be prescribed medical marijuana by a doctor. Patient’s are allowed to possess up to 1.25 ounces and cultivate 6 plants, with a maximum of 3 mature, flowering plants.
In 2009, the Maine legislature passed a measure that expanded the current decriminalization law, making possession of up to 2.5 ounces a civil penalty punishable by a fine up to $1000. More than 2.5 ounces is still punishable by prison time.
List of qualifying conditions:
- Persistent nausea
- Wasting syndrome
- Loss of appetite as a result of acquired immune deficiency syndrome or its treatment and chemotherapy or radiation treatments for cancer
- Heightened intraocular pressure as a result of glaucoma
- Seizures from a chronic, debilitating disease, such as epilepsy
- Persistent muscle spasms from a chronic, debilitating disease, such as multiple sclerosis