While Maine is set to become one of the most 4:20 friendly states in the U.S following the legalization of recreational cannabis usage in 2016, the state has continued to face a number of hurdles in its bid to grab a slice of the cannabis pie.
For those of you looking to grow Maine marijuana, it is obviously important to familiarize yourself with the local state laws. As such, Marijuana Grow Shop is here to guide you in the right direction!
Maine Cannabis Law
Going back over a century, cannabis was first prohibited in Maine in 1913 and it wasn´t until 1976 that the possession of small quantities of cannabis was first decriminalised.
More recently, the state was one of the first to implement the legalised use of medical cannabis in 1999, following quickly in the footsteps of California who became the first state to legalize the plant for its medicinal purposes in 1996.
Still, despite the legalization of medical cannabis, the legislation did not outline any means for the legal sale of cannabis and it wasn´t until 2006 that a citizen-initiated bill was passed. This allowed for the opening not-for-profit dispensaries which are regulated by the state’s department of health.
However, despite relatively progressive medical marijuana laws, the state has been slower on the uptake when it comes to recreational marijuana. Indeed, it wasn´t until 2016 that Maine voters were given the opportunity to introduce the legalised used of recreational cannabis following the passing of a ballot measure.
While recreational cannabis use is no longer prohibited in the state, a number of legal issues, as well as the ongoing COVID 19 pandemic have significantly delayed the opening of cannabis dispensaries, with recreational sales now scheduled to begin in October of 2020.
At present, anyone aged 21 or older in the Pine Tree state may possess up to 2.5 ounces (70 grams) of marijuana without fear of prosecution but given the lack of access to dispensaries, is it possible to grow your own cannabis in Maine?