Can a visitor to Maine use medical marijuana?
If the home state of the patient allows that patient to use marijuana in another state, then the patient must get a Maine Visitor’s recommendation from their doctor in their state of residence on a Maine certification form. YOU MUST POSSESS A VALID MAINE STATE ID or DRIVER’s LICENSE to hold a Maine recommendation.
Section § 2423-D. “Authorized conduct by a visiting qualifying patient” of Chapter 407, An Act To Amend the Maine Medical Use of Marijuana Act To Protect Patient Privacy (LD 1296) states:
“A qualifying patient who is visiting the State from another jurisdiction that authorizes the medical use of marijuana pursuant to a law recognized by the department who possesses a valid written certification as described in section 2423-B from the patient’s treating physician and a valid medical marijuana certification from that other jurisdiction and photographic identification or a driver’s license from that jurisdiction may engage in conduct authorized for a qualifying patient under this chapter.” Department of Health & Human Services Rules Governing the Maine Medical Use of Marijuana Program, Section 2.1.3, “Protected conduct by a visiting qualifying patient,” states: “A qualifying patient visiting the State from another jurisdiction that authorizes the medical use of marijuana pursuant to a law or regulation of another state or political subdivision may engage in conduct authorized for a qualifying patient by these rules if the following criteria are met: – Maine form. The visitor shall possess a valid Maine-approved written physician certification form completed, signed and dated by the visitor’s home-jurisdiction treating physician. The Maine form is available on the division’s webpage at http://www.maine.gov/dhhs/dlrs/mmm/index.shtml. – Home-jurisdiction certification. The visitor shall possess a valid medical use of marijuana certification issued by the visitor’s home-jurisdiction. – Photographic identification. The visitor shall possess a valid photographic identification card or driver’s license issued by the visitor’s home-jurisdiction.” Unlike most other states, Maine law does not require a patient to register with the State and obtain a card, though it is an option. Once a patient has the necessary forms they can obtain medical marijuana from a Dispensary or a Caregiver. Any marijuana that is obtained in Maine is intended to be used while in Maine. There are no legal protections allowing a patient to transport marijuana across state lines and back to their home state.
Maine is one of 34 states that allow some form of medical cannabis. Maine legalized the medical uses in 1999 and the state’s first dispensaries opened in 2011. Last year, Maine’s program was voted the best medical marijuana program in the country by Americans for Safe Access, a national group that advocates for legal access to medical cannabis for it’s strong, patient-centered medical marijuana program that can serve as a model for other states.
Here is a basic outline of the rules and your options as a patient to obtain medication in the State of Maine
☐ A patient may possess up to two and one-half (2.5) ounces of prepared marijuana in a 15 day period. ☐ NO smoking in public. ☐ No smoking in cars, or other motorized vehicles.
☐ A caregiver is a person providing care for a qualifying patient. ☐ Must be 21 years of age or older, and can never have been convicted of a disqualifying drug offense. ☐ Assist no more than 5 patients at any one time with their medical use of marijuana. ☐ Patients may name one primary caregivers who is allowed to cultivate marijuana for a patient. ☐ Caregivers must register with the state unless the qualifying patient is a member of the household of that primary caregiver.
3. STATE-LICENSED DISPENSARIES
☐ A Dispensary can be appointed as your primary caregiver. ☐ A Dispensary is a business licensed by the state to produce medical marijuana and provide it to qualifying patients.
☐ Maine state law allows a patient (or their primary caregiver) home cultivation. ☐ A patient (or their primary caregiver) may possess no more than six mature marijuana plants at one time. ☐ A patient who elects to cultivate marijuana plants must keep the plants in an enclosed, locked facility ☐ In addition to the marijuana plants otherwise authorized under this paragraph, a primary caregiver may have harvested marijuana plants in varying stages of processing in order to ensure the primary caregiver is able to meet the needs of the primary caregiver’s qualifying patients. As a guideline: 6 mature plants / 12 in vegetative state.
This is a brief overview, for more detailed information, please visit http://www.maine.gov/dhhs/dlrs/mmm/
Maine Medical Use of Marijuana Program (MMMP) regulations and application materials may be obtained in written format by contacting the MMMP at (207)287-4325 or toll-free at 1855-355-4325. Online at: maine.gov/dhhs/dlrs/mmm. A written request can be mailed to:
Maine Medical Use of Marijuana Program
Division of Licensing and Regulatory Services
Department of Health and Human Services
11 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333
I am a new patient, can I receive my recommendation online
In order to qualify for our online recommendation process you must have already established a relationship with one of our many doctors or Nurse Practitioners at one of our clinics.
My job drug tests employees. Can my boss fire me if he finds out that I use cannabis as a legal patient?
TAt Alternative Care Clinics we recommend that if you have questions regarding job drug testing, you should discuss those concerns with your employer or the Human Resources department. Ultimately, even if you are a legal medical marijuana patient in ???????, the status of your job after drug testing is up to your employer.
Online Appointment – What to expect?
The doctor will speak with you one-on-one going in depth about what symptoms you are experiencing, informing you of the local cannabis laws in your county or city, and addressing any concerns that you may have. You will be asked questions such as:
- How long have you been experiencing these symptoms?
- What are your symptoms a result of?
- What does a typical day look like with your symptoms?
- How have you historically treated your symptoms
- Have you used cannabis before? If so, for how long?
- How do you usually medicate? Smoking, eating, etc.?