Frequently Asked Questions

Is it legal for me to use medical cannabis (marijuana)?

In Maine, qualified patients can legally use medical cannabis (marijuana) to treat certain medical conditions with a doctor's recommendation. See below for a list of qualifying medical conditions and details on how and where to become certified for medical use.

Cannabis remains illegal under federal law.

Is it legal for me to purchase cannabis (marijuana) for recreational use?

In Maine, effective January 30th, 2017, adults over age 21 may legally grow their own and possess up to 2.5 ounces of prepared marijuana for personal use. Recreational cannabis sales remains illegal. See this article for more details and FAQ. See also Recreational Marijuana in Maine | Maine State Legislature for official information.

Marijuana remains illegal under federal law.

What conditions qualify for the use of medical marijuana in Maine?

  • Cancer

  • Glaucoma

  • HIV

  • AIDS

  • Hepatitis C

  • ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease)

  • Crohn’s Disease

  • Alzheimer’s Disease

  • Chronic Pain (that has not responded to conventional methods for at least 6 months)

  • Cachexia (wasting syndrome)

  • Severe Nausea

  • Seizures

  • Severe Muscle Spasms (Including MS)

  • PSTD

How do I get certified to use medical marijuana?

In Maine, any M.D., D.O. or C.N.P. can recommend cannabis for patients with a qualifying condition. We recommend these physicians. Once your doctor has provided a certification, you can designate a caregiver to provide your medicine by completing a simple designation form, which can be found here.

Visiting Maine?

Maine is one of the few States which allows Visiting Qualifying patients to purchase Marijuana legally for medical use by offering a temporary "Maine Use Certificate" issued by the Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). If you do not yet have a Maine Use Certificate, you can easily get one by asking your prescribing doctor to call the Maine DHHS and ask them to qualify you. Physicians may certify visiting qualifying patients for Maine Use by calling Maine DHHS at (207)287-3282 or (207)287-9330.