Maine’s official government site providing the rules and regulations in the state can be found at: http://www.maine.gov
The primary prospective cannabis state to watch is Maine, where the already decriminalized city of Portland has a recreational initiative on the ballot. On November 5th, voters in Portland, Maineare hoping for full legalization. Taking after Washington and Colorado, cannabis would be legal in Portland only for adults 21 and over. Portlanders would be able to possess 2.5 ounces of the plant, but purchasing and sales would still be illegal.
Supporters are hoping that the Maine elections will spearhead cannabis reform on the east coast, where states like New York have had three bills proposed in the last year to create a medical cannabis market. With Maine taking progressive leadership on the subject, writings such as a recent Policymic piece are pushing for the newly elected New York Mayor (to be determined) to make cannabis a topic of discussion.
Question 2 was passed by voters in 1999 and took effect later that year, allowing patients to possess and cultivate medical marijuana with an oral or written “professional opinion” from their physician. Patients who are arrested for having more than the allowed amount of marijuana may use a “simple defense” against the charges. Amendments established a confidential registry and identification program (required for eligible patients). Maine allows visiting qualifying medical marijuana patients with a valid medical marijuana identification to medicate within the state.
- Illnesses: epilepsy and other conditions characterized by seizures; glaucoma; multiple sclerosis and other muscle spasticity disorders; nausea; HIV/AIDS; cancer; hepatitis C; Lou Gehrig’s disease; Crohn’s disease; Alzheimer’s disease; nail-patella syndrome cachexia (other conditions subject to state approval)
- Possession: 2.5 ounces of usable marijuana
- Cultivation: Six marijuana plants, no more than three of which are mature
- Dispensaries: Up to eight non-profit dispensaries, one for each public health district, are allowed under state law
- Caregivers: Must be 21 years of age or older and can never have been convicted of a drug offense
- Statute: Maine Rev. Stat. tit. 22, 2421 – 2430