Maine’s medical marijuana laws have been eased, so it isn’t necessary for a person with a written medical certification to register with the State anymore to legally possess marijuana. Still, marijuana has not been legalized in Maine, so those with a medical certification should be careful to adhere to the regulations that govern its medical use. That includes being proactive about ensuring that their medical certification is current. A certification lasts for one year. Once it expires, the person loses his or her status as a “qualifying patient” and may no longer possess marijuana legally. Also, although a medical marijuana patient is allowed to cultivate marijuana for his or her personal medical use, the person is not allowed to cultivate more that 6 mature marijuana plants and may not legally possess more than 2 ½ ounces of prepared marijuana at any given time. Those who do cultivate medical marijuana are not allowed to do so outside, in the backyard, in the woods or in a field, either. Legal cultivation of medical marijuana may only be carried out in an “enclosed, locked facility,” which Maine law defines as “a closet, room, building, greenhouse or other enclosed area that is equipped with locks or other security devices that permit access only by the individual authorized to cultivate marijuana.” Anyone who possesses marijuana without a valid medical certificate, who possesses or cultivates more than the amount allowed for medical purposes, or who cultivates in any area other than an enclosed, locked facility, does so in violation of Maine law. The police will still pull you into court for those violations, so be careful and don’t go there.
This post does not constitute legal advice and the reader has no attorney/client relationship with me because he or she read it. This post is for informational purposes only.
Ed Folsom, Biddeford, Saco, Portland, Maine area, Criminal Defense, OUI, DUI Attorney.