Your Guide to Maine Medical Marijuana Dispensaries
Maine has a long history with medical marijuana and was among the first group of states to enact marijuana legalization and create dispensaries to sell medical-grade cannabis to patients with debilitating medical conditions.
In 1999, Maine passed a law that made it legal for patients to use and possess marijuana for medicinal purposes. The law was expanded a decade later, in 2009, to allow dispensaries to sell cannabis products to patients. Maine dispensaries are all operated by licensed pharmacists and licensed and regulated by the Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). The dispensaries offer cannabis for purchase in a variety of forms including flower, concentrates, edibles, tinctures, and topicals.
Until recently, dispensaries were required to be nonprofit entities, and there was only one per Maine DHHS public health district. Also, Maine dispensaries are unique in that they can grow an unlimited number of cannabis plants.
Where Can You Buy Maine Medical Marijuana?
There are currently eight medical marijuana dispensaries in Maine. The Cannabis Regulation Oversight Office maintains a complete list of these licensed dispensaries. Be sure to call before visiting one since not all dispensaries carry medicinal products.
Maine's eight medical cannabis dispensaries are:
- Grass Monkey Cannabis Company Medical Marijuana Dispensary in South Portland
- Maine Medical Marijuana Network in Augusta
- Maine Office of Marijuana Policy in Augusta
- Medical Marijuana Caregivers of Maine Trade Association in Winthrop
- Medical Marijuana Practitioners Maine LLC in Cumberland
- Northern Belle Holistic Medical Marijuana Dispensary in Brunswick
- Sweet Relief, Maine Recreational Marijuana Dispensary on Rt. 1 in Northport
- Tops Farm: Medical Marijuana Dispensary in York
What’s it Like Buying Medical Marijuana in Maine?
Maine residents who are at least 21 years of age with a valid government-issued ID card or driver’s license can purchase as many as 2.5 ounces (70 grams) of recreational marijuana, or a combination of marijuana and concentrate that includes no more than 5 grams of concentrate from adult-use dispensaries. Under the Maine Medical Use of Marijuana Program, medical patients also have a 2.5-ounce purchase limit. The same goes for their primary caregivers.
There are many different dispensaries located throughout Maine, both medical and recreational. However, medical and recreational marijuana may not be sold from the same facility. Before traveling to a dispensary, you should call ahead to check which type of cannabis the dispensary sells.
Medical marijuana card holders visiting a dispensary in Maine will need to provide their patient identification card and their registry ID number to enter. Patients are allowed to purchase up to 2.5 ounces of usable marijuana every 14 days.
Maine's reciprocity agreement allows qualifying patients from certain states to legally possess up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana while in Maine. Still, keep in mind that only Maine residents can purchase products from a Maine dispensary—out-of-state patients cannot. Also, it is illegal to cross into Maine from another state with medical or recreational marijuana products.
When in a Maine dispensary, take advantage of the facility's "budtenders," who are knowledgeable about the various products for sale.
For purchase in most dispensaries are an array of cannabis products, usually including flower, pre-rolled joints, edibles of all types, tinctures, vape carts, and concentrates.
A select number of dispensaries offer deliveries, though cannabis can only be delivered to your private residence—not your hotel or rented lodging. Note that consuming cannabis for personal use on public or federal land is illegal and strictly prohibited in the state of Maine. Also, recreational cannabis may only be consumed on private property and out of public view.
Tips for Purchasing Medical Marijuana Products
Any trip to a dispensary to purchase your medical cannabis—particularly your first time—is a pretty incredible experience and probably one that nobody soon forgets. Not knowing what to expect, first-timers' anxiety levels—mixed with a good amount of kid-in-a-candy-store anticipation—can be high enough to spoil what could be one of the most rewarding experiences of their lives.
Fortunately, medical marijuana dispensaries in Maine are staffed by plenty of knowledgeable budtenders who can help you choose from dispensaries’ arrays of high-quality products. Plus, Maine medical marijuana dispensaries are highly regulated by the state government’s marijuana laws in order to ensure patient safety and product quality.
Perhaps one of the most important tips to remember not to leave home without your medical marijuana card. Without one, you won’t be able to purchase any products.
Maine medical marijuana dispensaries all offer a wide selection of THC and CBD-related products for medical marijuana patients to choose from. The product selection will vary from dispensary to dispensary though, so be sure to take advantage of your dispensary’s staff while there.
Any products that you purchase will have to be bought with cash and, in some dispensaries, with a debit bank card. Many dispensaries have ATM machines within their stores. Typically, Mainers cannot use credit cards to buy cannabis products.
Need Help Applying for a Maine Medical Marijuana Card?
If you need help finding a physician to certify you for your medical marijuana card in Maine, the Sanctuary can help. Call to schedule an appointment with a provider who can certify your qualifying condition(s).
Once you’ve received your physician’s certification, the Sanctuary will continue to help you navigate the process of obtaining your Maine medical marijuana card.