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Legal Cannabis in Maine

In Maine, it is legal under state law for adults 21 years of age and over to possess up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana including up to five grams of marijuana concentrate.  

It is legal for adults to cultivate up to three flowering marijuana plants, twelve immature plants, and unlimited seedlings.  An adult may possess all of the marijuana produced by the plants.

The Maine legislature passed a law establishing a regulatory framework for commercial marijuana sales over Governor LePage's veto. It is unlikely commercial sales will be implemented until 2019.

Maine is not currently accepting applications for recreational marijuana business licenses.

Though Maine is not yet accepting licenses, the legal requirements for licenses have already been established:

 - For persons applying for a license, you must be (1) an adult; (2) a resident of the state; and (3) have been a resident of the state for at least the preceding two years.

 - For businesses applying for a license, the executive team and the majority share-or-equity holders must be residents of the state, and have lived in the state for the preceding two years.

 - For more details and additional requirements, see LD 1719 below.

Ballot Measure

In November 2016, Maine voted to legalize the use, production, and sale of marijuana by adults 21 years of age or older.


In April 2018 the Maine Legislature passed LD 1719 which establishes the regulatory framework for commercial marijuana sales.


LD 1719 was enacted as P.L. 2017, ch. 409. Information about the bill can be found here. P.L. 2017, ch. 409 took effect in May 2018 upon override of the Governor's veto.