How to Get a Medical Marijuana Card in Maine

  • STEP 1:


    Schedule an appointment to see a doctor through Veriheal at a time that is most convenient for you. Provide basic medical history and book your appointment with a licensed medical marijuana doctor in Maine. If you have medical records for your condition(s) please provide them.

    Do not hesitate to reach out if you need assistance with getting an appointment set, our team would be more than happy to help.

  • STEP 2:


    Consult with a doctor online for 10-15 minutes to evaluate your ailments, and ask any questions you may have about medical marijuana treatment.

    Every patient will need to prove Maine residency for their application to be accepted by the state of Maine.

  • STEP 3:


    Once you are approved by our doctor, we'll mail you your recommendation and it will arrive in the mail in 1-2 weeks. You can then begin buying cannabis from any dispensary in Maine.

    Patients in Maine will need to be re-certified for medical marijuana annually by a licensed physician. Veriheal will get in touch with you when your certification is approaching its expiration to help you set up a renewal consultation.

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About Cannabis in Maine

A person with medical marijuana in Maine may obtain or buy medical cannabis from a caregiver at a clinic. They may also choose to grow their cannabis on their estate or on a specified safe growing site.

Purchasing marijuana outside the medical sector is still illegal. There are no taxes on medical cannabis sales or purchases for medical use. Once recreational sales begin, there will be a 10 percent state sales tax. The state has already legalized recreational marijuana, but sales are presently on hold.

The first municipal cannabis legalization took place in Portland in 2013 and in South Portland in 2014. Within the town boundaries, Portland legalized ownership of 2.5 ounces. The state legalized marijuana for recreation in 2016. Until now, however, cannabis legalization has not been fully introduced.

Smoking is still forbidden in government locations, as is the case in a vehicle or anywhere in a public perspective. It is also not permitted to drive a car, ship or boat under the impact of cannabis.

Caregivers and skilled patients may have up to 6 mature crops and dry flower 2.5 ounces. Patients and caregivers may possess an incidental quantity of cannabis, possess up to 12 non-flowering crops and 8 pounds of unprepared, harvested flowers. Giving or transferring marijuana to someone else is strictly forbidden.

To become a patient with medical marijuana in Maine, you must fulfill particular criteria to be added to the registry in accordance with DHHS laws and regulations. There is no requirement for a physical card and there is no MMMP application charge. A Maine medical marijuana card is valid for one year and must be renewed annually by the patient and the caregiver appointed.

Qualifying Conditions

In order to be approved for medical cannabis, there is no longer a list of qualifying conditions a patient must have. Ultimately, the final choice is up to the doctor to decide if medical marijuana is correct for their patient or not.

For a list of similar conditions, most doctors see patients. This includes, but is not restricted to::

  • Glaucoma
  • Nausea
  • PTSD
  • Cancer
  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Chronic pain
  • Hepatitis C

You must receive a Medical Marijuana Program Certification from a certified physician registered with the state of Maine to treat patients with medical cannabis to acquire a medical marijuana card. The doctor must be registered with the Medical Marijuana Program of the Maine State Department of Health. In order to qualify for medical marijuana in Maine, you must be at least 18 years old, live in the state of Maine, have a valid ID, and have some kind of state evidence of residency. You can find more information on the program here.

Becoming a Caregiver in Maine

Qualifying patients may appoint a individual, hospice provider, or nursing facility to help the patient with marijuana medical use. Before they can possess or grow marijuana, caregivers must register with the state and receive an ID card. A patient may also appoint a second main caregiver under certain conditions.

A caregiver must be at least 21 years old and a drug offense may not have been prosecuted. Identification cards for the MMMP registry expire each year and must be renewed by both the qualifying patient and the appointed caregiver.

To apply for a registry identification card, each primary caregiver must have a designation form signed by the qualifying patient.

In addition, for each designated caregiver, a $31 fee paid annually includes background checks. If the appointed caregiver grows marijuana on behalf of a qualifying patient, there is a $300 fee per patient. Caregivers may obtain fair compensation on behalf of a patient for the expenses of their services and any expenses connected with growing marijuana.

Possession/Use Limits

A qualifying patient or adult over 21 years of age may have up to 2,5 ounces of prepared marijuana, 2,5 ounces of cannabis concentrate, and 2,5 ounces of cannabis-infused edibles.


On November 8, 2016, Maine became one of four countries to pass legislation enabling adults to own, eat and grow marijuana for private use. The Marijuana Legalization Act, or Ballot Question 1, allows the legal growth, possession, and use of designated amounts of cannabis by adolescents aged 21 and older who are not participating in the state’s medical-marijuana program.

Adults aged 21 or older are legally permitted to grow marijuana crops as long as each plant is cultivated at the home residence of that person from the public’s point of perspective. The grower also needs to be cautious in preventing access from anyone under the age of 21.

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 essential to note that recreationally grown crops are classified differently from medically grown marijuana crops.

Growing Limits: Up to six (6) mature crops, twelve (12) immature crops and per Maine resident unlimited seedlings may be grown for private use. Anyone who chooses to grow marijuana crops must keep the crops in a closed enclosed facility unless they are transported.

Municipalities have the power to extend the 12-plant-per-household limit for private adult use up to 18 crops.

Minors, disabled adults, homeless qualified patients, and registered patients may not grow their own marijuana in hospice or nursing facilities. In this case, in the name of a qualifying patient, only designated primary caregivers or designated dispensaries may cultivate.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to live in Maine to become a medical marijuana patient in ME?

Yes, you do. The state has a separate program for out of state medical marijuana cardholders who will need to obtain an out-of-state medical marijuana recommendation.

Do I qualify for medical marijuana in Maine?

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.

What is the first step to getting a medical marijuana card in Maine?

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.

How can I find a registered physician?

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.

How does the virtual video consultation work?

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.

How long does the consultation usually take?

The medical evaluation usually takes 10-15 minutes.

What if I am not approved?

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.

How do I prove ME residency? What are valid proofs of residency?

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

I think I’m ready to get my card, how can I get things started?

Sign up above and we can get you approved in no time!

My primary care is not registered, can I still get a recommendation from them?

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.

What are the qualifying conditions?

There is a broad range of symptoms that the doctor will approve. Ultimately, any chronic or debilitating medical condition will be approved. Most of them generally fall under the following categories: Chronic pain, Cancer, HIV/AIDS, Amyotrophic lateral Sclerosis (ALS), Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Spinal Cord Injury with Spasticity, Epilepsy, Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBS), Neuropathy, Huntington’s Disease

Does chronic pain now qualify me for medical cannabis?

Yes, it does! ME now allows people with chronic pain to be approved for medical marijuana use.

What is the Cost?

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.

What do I do after I am approved by the physician?

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.

Where are the dispensaries in Maine? Is there a dispensary near me?

There are already tons of dispensaries all over the state of Maine. You can see a list of Maine dispensaries here.

How high are my chances of being approved?

We have a 99% approval rate. If you are not approved your consultation will be free.

What all do I need to purchase at Maine dispensaries?

All you will need is a valid certification from a licensed doctor.

Does Veriheal operate in other states?

Yes! Check our homepage for a list of active states.

Places to Visit in Maine After Enjoying Your Medicine

Famous for its stunning coastline and picturesque fishing towns, Maine can keep both city and nature enthusiasts busy all year round. Maine’s state is larger than all New England states combined. There are so many unique regions due to the size of Maine. It could take a year to tour the entire state, so it’s clever to plan where you’re visiting. From classic fishing villages such as Boothbay Harbor and quaint seaside towns such as Kennebunkport, Maine has so much to offer, to historic Castine or a vibrant New England setting like Portland. Here are Maine’s best places to visit.


Portland in southern Maine is a famous tourist destination. Known as the primary population center of the state, Portland is home to a variety of distinctive sights. Visitors usually spend time in the Old Port district, featuring cobblestone streets, quaint brick houses, and scenic Fore River views. The Portland Head Lighthouse, the Arts District and eight distinctive beaches are other attractions in Portland. There are plenty of stores and restaurants in the town, and Portland has plenty of room to hike, bike, fish, golf, ski, and more for nature lovers. Children can remain busy in the amusement parks, museums, and discovery centers of Portland.

Bar Harbor

Home for nearly 6,000 individuals, Bar Harbor is a quiet city where rich Americans have started as one of the top locations in the East. After the disastrous fire on Mount Desert Island in 1947, Bar Harbor became a tourist hotspot for holidaymakers of all kinds and attracted several prestigious universities and companies. Acadia National Park and Cadillac Mountain are some of the finest characteristics of Bar Harbor. Massive vessels make up more than 100 visits to Bar Harbor’s primary port during the cruise season. The city on the Northern Tier Bicycle Route is also a popular waypoint for cyclists.

Acadia National Park

Also surrounding a large inland region of lakes, streams and forests is the rugged and beautiful stretch of coastline set aside as Acadia National Park. It offers a playground for locals and outdoor visitors to enjoy. The scenic Park Loop Road winds its way past the main attractions through the park and is the best way to tour the park by car. The handy Island Explorer busses also connect the different attractions, while cyclists and walkers can follow the unpaved carriage road network, part of the more than 100 miles of hiking paths for all skill levels. These include trails to the Cadillac Mountain summit, the highest point of the park, from which views of the coast and islands can be enjoyed. Other park highlights are Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse and Thunder Hole’s dramatic chasm. A second, little-visited part of Acadia National Park is further north on the Schoodic Peninsula, where there are more hiking trails, coastal views, and kayaking opportunities. The park has two big campgrounds and several picnic areas.

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