Maine Medical Marijuana
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- *Legislation (LD 1539)
approved on July 9, 2018 amends the state law so that a physician at
his or her sole discretion may recommend cannabis to any patient for
which he/she believes it will benefit.
Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has launched a custom online service to allow licensed medical providers to certify patients for the use of medical marijuana. Medical providers ARE NOT required to have a bona fide provider-patient relationship with the patient. The online service will only be available to licensed Maine medical physicians and nurse practitioners in good standing and will produce a standard printed certification for all patients in the Maine Medical Use of Marijuana Program. Its use is mandatory.
How many dispensaries does Maine currently have in operation?
Maine has eight dispensaries.
What is the difference between a dispensary and a caregiver retail store?
Until recently, dispensaries were required to by nonprofit entities and there was only one per Maine Department of Health and Human Services Public Health District. At present, the most notable difference is that dispensaries can grow an unlimited number of marijuana plants.
Who can buy medical marijuana?
Only medical patients can buy medical marijuana in Maine. Individuals who have received a patient certification from a medical professional may legally access medical marijuana from a caregiver or dispensary. Cards are available to Maine residents only.
Patients visiting Maine from another state may be able to purchase medical marijuana from a registered caregiver or dispensary if they have valid patient identification credentials (like a registry or patient identification card) and their state of residence allows them to use their state-issued credential to purchase medical marijuana in Maine.
How much does it cost to obtain a patient certification?
The cost for a patient certification depends on the medical provider conducting the examination and issuing the certification.
The Maine Medical Use of Marijuana Program provides patient cards to registered providers. In order to ensure patient access to the program, the State of Maine has never charged medical providers for the cards they provide to qualifying patients.
If an individual is interested in obtaining a medical card, they may
wish to have those discussions with their primary care physician or
other trusted medical provider. They may find in doing so that they are
able to obtain a card at little to no cost to them.
Are temporary/digital/electronic patient certifications valid?
No. Temporary and/or digital medical marijuana patient cards or certifications are not an acceptable form of identification for the purposes of obtaining marijuana for medical use in Maine.
To be a qualifying patient in Maine's program, among other things, an individual must possess "a valid written certification..." A written certification is only valid if it is "a document on tamper-resistant paper signed by a medical provider...". These requirements are written into law and aim to preserve the integrity of the medical marijuana program by reducing the possibility of altering and tampering with valid medical certifications.
The Office of Marijuana Policy provides medical providers with tamper-resistant patient certification paper at no cost.