Maine signed its medical marijuana program into law in 2009. Patients in Maine are allowed to possess up to two and a half ounces of marijuana at any given time and are entitled to cultivate up to six mature marijuana plants at home. A minimum of 8 state-licensed dispensaries are required by law to operate in the state of Maine. The medical marijuana program in Maine has a reciprocity clause that permits access to out-of-state residents who have a medical marijuana card in their home state. Maine does not have a mandatory registry for its medical marijuana program. However, 1,732 patients have registered voluntarily. Patients seeking a medical marijuana card in Maine must undergo a medical marijuana evaluation by a licensed physician, and that physician must apply on the patient's behalf through  Maine’s Department of Licensing and Regulatory Service. The service allows physicians to apply for medical marijuana cards online. Maine currently allows for 13 qualifying ailments:
  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
  • Cachexia / Wasting syndrome
  • Cancer
  • Chronic pain
  • Crohn's disease
  • Epilepsy
  • Glaucoma
  • Hepatitis C
  • HIV or AIDS
  • Huntington's disease
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Nausea
  • Nail-patella syndrome
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Patients seeking a medical marijuana recommendation in Maine should contact their physician. Additional information about the licensing process is available through Maine’s Department of Licensing and Regulatory Services, which can be reached via email or phone.