Legal status of marijuana in the state of maine

Legal status of marijuana in the state of maine
Steven Voser

Find out about the legal status of medical and recreational marijuana in the state of Maine. Is marijuana illegal? Better safe than sorry!


The state of Maine has had a medical marijuana program since 1998 and currently medical marijuana patients or their primary caregivers are allowed to possess up to 2,5 oz (70 grams) of marijuana or cultivate up to 6 plants.

The qualifying conditions to become a medical marijuana patient in Maine include:

  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
  • Cachexia or wasting syndrome
  • Cancer
  • Chronic pain
  • Crohn's disease
  • Epilepsy
  • Glaucoma
  • Hepatitis C
  • Huntington's disease (HD)
  • Inflammatory bowel disease (IBS)
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Nausea
  • Nail-patella syndrome
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Severe muscle spasms


Possession of cannabis for recreational purposes is legalized in the state of Maine, as long as a person possesses less than 2,5 oz (70 grams).

While cannabis is legalized up to a certain extend, possessing more than 2,5 oz is still considered a crime and will be punished.

Getting caught with between 2,5 and 8 oz, can lead to a 6 months jail sentence and a fine of up to $1,000.

Getting caught with 8-16 oz is good for up to 12 months in prison and a $2,000 fine.

Possessing between 1-20 lbs will be seen as case of trafficking and might end you up in jail for up to a whopping 5 years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000.

More than that is good for up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.

We are not aware of any possible law changes in the (near) future in Maine regarding medical and/or recreational cannabis.

Steven Voser
Steven Voser

Steven is a long-time veteran of cannabis journalism, having delved into every aspect of the subject. His particular interests lie in cannabis culture, the emerging science of cannabis, and how it is shaping the legal landscape across the globe.