Maine has a long history with medical marijuana, and it was among the first states to legalize marijuana and open dispensaries to sell medical-grade cannabis to patients suffering from debilitating medical conditions.
Maine passed legislation in 1999 making it legal for patients to use and possess marijuana for medicinal purposes. A decade later, in 2009, the law was amended to allow dispensaries to sell cannabis products to patients. The Maine Department of Health and Human Services licenses and regulates all dispensaries, which are all run by licensed pharmacists (DHHS). Cannabis is sold in dispensaries in a variety of forms, including flower, concentrates, edibles, tinctures, and topicals.
Until recently, dispensaries had to be nonprofit organizations, and there could only be one per Maine DHHS public health district. Today, not only is that no longer the case, but Maine dispensaries are unique in that they can cultivate an unlimited number of cannabis plants.
Maine currently has eight medical marijuana dispensaries.
The Cannabis Regulation Oversight Office keeps an up-to-date list of all licensed dispensaries. Call ahead before going because not all dispensaries carry medicinal products.
The eight medical cannabis dispensaries in Maine are as follows:
Adult-use dispensaries in Maine allow residents over the age of 21 with a valid government-issued ID card or driver’s license to purchase up to 2.5 ounces (70 grams) of recreational marijuana, or a combination of marijuana and concentrate containing no more than 5 grams of concentrate. Medical patients in Maine have a 2.5-ounce purchase limit under the Maine Medical Marijuana Program. The same can be said of their primary caregivers.
There are numerous medical and recreational dispensaries located throughout Maine. Medical and recreational marijuana cannot be sold from the same location, though. Before visiting a dispensary, call ahead to find out what kind of cannabis is available.
To enter a dispensary in Maine, medical marijuana cardholders must present their patient identification card and registry ID number. Every 14 days, patients may purchase up to 2.5 ounces of usable marijuana.
The reciprocity agreement between Maine and certain states allows qualifying patients from those states to legally possess up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana while in Maine. However, keep in mind that only Maine residents are permitted to purchase products from a Maine dispensary; out-of-state patients are not permitted. It is also illegal to bring medical or recreational marijuana into Maine from another state.
Take advantage of the facility’s “budtenders,” who are knowledgeable about the various products for sale, when visiting a Maine dispensary.
Most dispensaries sell a variety of cannabis products, including flower, pre-rolled joints, edibles of all kinds, tinctures, vape carts, and concentrates.
Only a few dispensaries offer delivery, and cannabis can only be delivered to your private residence, not a hotel or rented lodging. It should be noted that consuming cannabis for personal use on public or federal land is illegal and strictly prohibited in Maine. Furthermore, recreational cannabis may only be consumed on private property and out of public view.
Any trip to a dispensary to purchase medical cannabis, especially the first time, is an incredible experience that no one will soon forget. First-timers’ anxiety levels, combined with a healthy dose of kid-in-a-candy-store anticipation, can be high enough to ruin what could be one of the most rewarding experiences of their lives.
Fortunately, Maine medical marijuana dispensaries are staffed by a plethora of knowledgeable budtenders who can assist you in selecting from their arrays of high-quality products. Furthermore, Maine medical marijuana dispensaries are overseen by the state government to ensure patient safety and product quality.
Maine medical marijuana dispensaries all provide a diverse range of THC and CBD-related products to medical marijuana patients. The product selection will vary from dispensary to dispensary, so make use of your dispensary’s staff while you’re there.
Any products you purchase must be paid for in cash or, at some dispensaries, with a debit card. ATM machines are available in many dispensaries. In most cases, Mainers cannot use credit cards to purchase cannabis products.
The Sanctuary can assist you in locating a physician who will certify you for your Maine medical marijuana card. Contact us to make an appointment with a provider who can certify your qualifying condition (s).
Once you’ve received your physician’s certification, the Sanctuary will assist you in obtaining your Maine medical marijuana card.