The rules of medical marijuana in Maine no longer strictly follows a list of qualifying conditions, instead, it is up to a certified medical marijuana doctor to evaluate if the use of medical marijuana would benefit the health of their patient. You could be eligible for the use of medical cannabis if your doctor finds that you are suffering from a chronic illness or a debilitating medical condition while not responding well to traditional treatments.
* If you are a visiting medical marijuana patient in Maine from another jurisdiction, you are no longer required to have a certification given by a medical provider based in Maine. You will be able to obtain your medical marijuana without first having to designate a registered caregiver or dispensary within the state.
While the list of qualifying conditions has been removed from the Maine Medical Marijuana Program, a medical marijuana doctor can still certify their patient for the Medical Marijuana Treatment Program if they believe it will improve the patient’s condition. See LD 1539 & LD 238 for more information about the Maine legislature on Medical Marijuana.
Any provider that is registered with the Division of Licensing & Regulatory Services (DLRS) through the Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS) will be able to issue certifications for the use of Medical Marijuana to their patients in Maine.
Patients suffering from any of the conditions listed below have found that they have benefited from the Medical Marijuana Treatment Program:
- Difficulty Sleeping
- Pain (chronic or severe)
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Muscle Spasms
- Terminal Illness
- Hepatitis C
- Crohn’s Disease
- Nail-Patella Syndrome
- Alzheimer’s Disease
Information about the Maine Medical Marijuana Program
- To enroll in the program the patient must be eighteen (18) years or older. A patient younger than eighteen (18) years of age must have designated and registered an ‘Approved Caregiver’ on behalf of the patient.
- The patient must be a resident in the state of Maine or be a ‘Qualifying visiting patient’.
- Visiting patients must bring their Registry ID Card, a certification from their home state and a copy of a valid photo ID, along with a ‘Qualifying visiting patient’ Certification from Maine.
- A patient can be evaluated either by a medical doctor, a physician’s assistant or a nurse practitioner in order to obtain their certification for treatment.
- A medical professional will only issue a certification to the patient if they decide that the patient might benefit from the Medical Marijuana Treatment Program.
- Once the patient has received their certification from a medical professional, the patient must then submit their application for a Registry ID card in order to be able to purchase any Medical Marijuana products from licensed dispensaries.
* Medical Professionals will need to provide a License Number and Access Code to establish an account with Medical Marijuana Certifications Online Services.
* To obtain your Access Code, providers must call their appropriate board of licensure.
Board Of Osteopathic: (207) 287-2480
Board Of Nursing: (207) 287-1133
Board of Medicine: (207) 287-3601
- Once the application process is complete, and the patient has been approved, a Registry ID Card will be issued to the patient and sent to the address listed in the application.
Accessing Medical Marijuana in Maine
Marijuana is classified as a Schedule I drug by the federal government, which means that doctors cannot prescribe this drug to their patients because marijuana prescriptions are illegal. Therefore, patients cannot fill a prescription for medical marijuana at a local pharmacy in the traditional way, but must instead obtain a recommendation from a certified medical marijuana doctor that will supply the patient with medical marijuana from a dispensary, in compliance with the law of the state. A dispensary is considered by law to be a different kind of establishment to an ordinary pharmacy, this means that regular prescriptions cannot be filled at a dispensary.
Once you have obtained your Medical Marijuana Card you may purchase your medical marijuana from a certified dispensary.