Get Your Medical Marijuana Card in Maine
Talk to a licensed medical marijuana doctor online and get approved or your money back!
Talk to a licensed medical marijuana doctor online and get approved or your money back!
How to Get a Medical Marijuana Card in Maine
Still not sure about the process?
A medical marijuana patient in Maine can receive medical cannabis from a caregiver or purchase it from a dispensary. They may also choose to cultivate their cannabis on their property or a designated secure cultivation site.
It is still illegal to purchase cannabis recreationally outside the medical market. There are no taxes on the sale or purchase of medical cannabis for medical use. There will be a 10% state sales tax once recreational sales start. Recreational marijuana was already legalized in the state, but sales are currently on hold.
The first municipal legalization of recreational cannabis occurred in 2013 in Portland and 2014 in South Portland. Portland legalized the possession of 2.5 ounces within the city limits. In 2016 the state legalized recreational marijuana. However, the legalization of cannabis has not been fully implemented so far.
Smoking in public places is still prohibited, and so is inside a car or anywhere in a public view. Driving a vehicle, vessel or boat under the influence of cannabis is also not allowed.
Caregivers and qualified patients can possess up to 6 mature plants and 2.5 ounces of the dry flower. Patients and caregivers can possess an incidental amount of cannabis, they can possess up to 12 nonflowering plants and 8 pounds of harvested, unprepared flower. It is strictly prohibited to gift or transfer cannabis to another person.
To become a medical marijuana patient in Maine, you must meet specific requirements according to DHHS rules and regulations to be added to the registry. A physical card is not obligated and there is no application fee for the MMMP. A medical marijuana card in Maine is valid for one year and needs to be renewed by the patient and designated caregiver annually.
There is no longer a list of qualifying conditions that a patient must have in order to get approved for medical cannabis. The final decision is ultimately up to the doctor deciding whether or not medical marijuana is right for their patient.
Most doctors see patients for a list of similar conditions. These include, but are not limited to:
- Alzheimer’s Disease
- Chronic pain
- Hepatitis C
To get a medical marijuana card, you must obtain a Medical Marijuana Program Certification from a licensed physician that is registered with the state of Maine to treat patients with medical cannabis. The physician must be registered with the Maine State Department of Health’s Medical Marijuana Program. To qualify for medical marijuana in Maine you must be at least 18 years of age, live in the state of Maine, have a valid ID, and have some type of proof of residency for the state. You can find more information on the program here.
Becoming a Caregiver in Maine
Qualifying patients may designate one person, hospice provider or nursing facility to assist the patient with the medical use of marijuana. Caregivers must register with the state and receive an ID card before they can possess or cultivate marijuana. Under certain circumstances, a patient may also designate a second primary caregiver.
A caregiver must be at least 21 years old and may not have been convicted of a drug offense. MMMP registry identification cards expire annually and must be renewed by both the qualifying patient and designated caregiver.
Each primary caregiver must have a designation form signed by the qualifying patient in order to submit an application for a registry identification card.
Additionally, a $31 fee, paid annually, covers background checks for each designated caregiver. There is a $300 fee per patient if the designated caregiver will be cultivating marijuana on behalf of a qualifying patient. Caregivers may receive reasonable compensation for the costs of their services, as well as any costs associated with cultivating marijuana on a patient’s behalf.
A qualifying patient or adult over the age of 21 may possess up to 2.5 ounces of prepared marijuana, 2.5 ounces of cannabis concentrate, and 2.5 ounces of cannabis-infused edibles products.
Maine became one of four states on November 8, 2016, to pass legislation allowing adults to possess, consume, and cultivate marijuana for personal use. The Marijuana Legalization Act, or Ballot Question 1, permits adults ages 21 and older, who are not participating in the state’s medical marijuana program, to legally grow, possess and use specified quantities of cannabis.
Adults 21 years of age or older are legally allowed to cultivate marijuana plants as long as each plant is grown at that person’s home residence out of the view of the public. The grower must also take precaution to prevent access from anyone under 21 years of age.
Additionally, each plant must be tagged with the following information:
- Grower’s name
- Grower’s Maine driver’s license number
- OR Maine ID number
It is also important to note that plants cultivated recreationally are categorized differently than marijuana plants cultivated for medical use.
Grow Limits: A maximum of six (6) mature plants, twelve (12) immature plants, and unlimited seedlings per Maine resident may be cultivated for personal use. Anyone who elects to cultivate marijuana plants must keep the plants in an enclosed, locked facility unless the plants are being transported.
Municipalities have the authority to expand the 12-plant-per-household limit up to 18 plants for personal adult use.
Minors, incapacitated adults, homeless qualifying patients, and registered patients in hospice or nursing facilities may not cultivate his or her own marijuana. Only designated primary caregivers or designated dispensaries may cultivate on behalf of a qualifying patient in this case.
Places to Visit in Maine After Enjoying Your Medicine
Famed for its stunning coastline and quaint fishing towns, Maine can keep both city lovers and nature enthusiasts busy throughout the year. The state of Maine is larger than all the other states in New England combined. Because of Maine’s size, there are so many unique regions. Touring the entire state could take a year, so it is smart to plan where you visit. Maine has so much to offer, from classic fishing villages like Boothbay Harbor and quaint seaside towns like Kennebunkport, to historic Castine or a vibrant New England city setting like Portland. Here are the best places to visit in Maine.
Portland is a popular tourist destination in southern Maine. Known as the state’s main population center, Portland is home a selection of unique attractions. Visitors generally spend time in the Old Port district, which boasts cobblestone streets, quaint brick buildings, and picturesque views of the Fore River. Other attractions in Portland include the Portland Head Lighthouse, the Arts District, and eight unique beaches. There are plenty of shops and restaurants in the city, and for nature-lovers, Portland has plenty of space for hiking, biking, fishing, golf, skiing, and more. Kids can stay busy at Portland’s amusement parks, museums, and discovery centers.
Home to nearly 6,000 people, Bar Harbor is a quiet town that got its start as one of the premiere destinations in the East for wealthy Americans. Following the devastating Mount Desert Island fire in 1947, Bar Harbor became a tourist hotspot for all types of vacationers and attracted several prestigious universities and businesses.
Some of Bar Harbor’s best features are Acadia National Park and Cadillac Mountain. During cruise season, massive ships make upwards of 100 visits to Bar Harbor’s main port. The town is also a popular waypoint for cyclists on the Northern Tier Bicycle Route.
Acadia National Park
The rugged and beautiful stretch of coastline that is set aside as Acadia National Park also surrounds a large inland region of lakes, streams, and forests. It provides a playground for locals and visitors who enjoy the outdoors. The scenic Park Loop Road winds its way through the park past the main attractions and is the best way to tour the park by car. The handy Island Explorer buses also connect the various attractions, while cyclists and walkers can follow the network of unpaved carriage roads, part of the more than 100 miles of hiking trails for all levels of ability. These include trails to the summit of 1,530-foot Cadillac Mountain, the park’s highest point, from which there are views of the coast and islands.
Other highlights in the park are Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse and the dramatic chasm of Thunder Hole. A second and little-visited portion of Acadia National park is farther north, on the Schoodic Peninsula, where there are more hiking trails, coastal views, and opportunities for kayaking. There are two large campgrounds in the park and a number of picnic areas.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes you do. The state has a program for out of state medical marijuana card holders who will need to obtain an out-of-state medical marijuana recommendation.
To qualify for medical marijuana in ME you must be at least 18 years of age, have two proofs of residency, and have one of the qualifying medical conditions.
The first step is to obtain a medical marijuana recommendation from a licensed physician that is registered with the state of Maine to treat patients with medical cannabis. The physician must be registered with the Maine State Department of Health’s Medical Marijuana Program.
We provide the physicians for you! The most difficult part of the process has always been finding a registered physician who prescribes for medical cannabis, but now we make that much easier by allowing you not only access to physicians, but you can meet with them online via video chat and get approved then and there.
It’s a simple two step process. First you will meet with a doctor from the comfort of your own home, through video. After being evaluated your physician will let you know if you will be approved for medical cannabis, and if so, you will receive your official recommendation and approval for medical marijuana usage in ME. If you are not approved via video, you will be refunded in full.
The medical evaluation usually takes 10-15 minutes.
If you are not approved then your consultation is free. We have a network of highly qualified medical practitioners who are willing to evaluate any patient to see if they qualify for medical cannabis. We have a 99% approval rate so if you are not approved, you are refunded in full.
1) A valid government issued ID Card that states your name a Maine address (Driver’s License or Maine ID)
2) A copy of a current utility bill from the past two months that shows your current address
3) A copy of a current government document (incoming mail) from the past two months that shows your current address
4) A copy of a current lease or residential document showing that you live at your current address
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No you can not. You can only get approved for medical marijuana from a practitioner that has registered with Maine’s medical marijuana program. And for that we provide you a physician so you do not need to go through your primary care physicians.
Patients in Maine will be approved for any condition. The most common diagnosis fall into the general categories:
- Chronic pain
- Amyotrophic lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Spinal Cord Injury with Spasticity
- Inflammatory bowel Disease
- Huntington’s Disease
Yes it does! ME now allows people with chronic pain to be approved for medical marijuana use.
The cost is $199 and that covers your medical evaluation, your consultation with a licensed Maine practitioner registered with the state, and an authorized certification for medical marijuana purchases. For $379 you and a friend or family member can both get your cards for a nice little discount.
Once you are approved, the doctor will mail your certification right to you. Once you have that in hand, you can begin purchasing medical marijuana legally in Maine.
There are already tons of dispensaries all over the District. You can see a list of dispensaries HERE.
We have 99% approval rates. If you are not approved your consultation will be free.
All you will need your valid certification from a Veriheal doctor.
Yes! Check our homepage for a list of active states.