Maine has allowed prescribing and limited possession of medical marijuana since 1999 however, the law lacked any distribution mechanism. Questions arose of non-compliance with federal law and of how patients could legally obtain the legal prescribed marijuana. In October 2009 the Obama administration announced that it would halt prosecution of medical marijuana users and caregivers if they were in compliance with their state’s law. On November 3, 2009 Maine voters approved Question 5, which enacted the citizen-initiated bill, The Maine Medical Marijuana Act. Maine was the fifth state to provide for dispensaries of medical grade marijuana for persons with debilitating and chronic medical conditions. These not-for-profit dispensaries are licensed and regulated by the Maine Department of Health and Human Services.
Maine is now home to several medical marijuana dispensaries that can be found on New England Dispensaries – NEDISPENSARIES.COM, along with Maine Dispensaries – MEDISPENSARIES.COM. There is a large amount of support for legal cannabis in Maine and throughout New England. A byproduct of legalizing this natural medicine is that in the states where medical marijuana has been legalized, deaths from opioid overdoses have decreased by almost 25 percent. It does not take a rocket scientist or Albert Einstein to deduce that THC & CBD are a bit safer than a doctor prescribed heroin habit. That being stated, the definition of Marijuana in the Maine statute is written explicitly not to cover Hashish or Marijuana Concentrates. The statute defines Hashish separately as the resin extracted from the Cannabis plant including any derivative, mixture, or compound of the resin, effectively including all Concentrates. Hashish is classified in Schedule X of the Maine Controlled Substances Schedule. Please enjoy the home grown Maine Dispensaries and New England Dispensaries as the wicked good way to locate and stay informed regarding legalized medical marijuana in Maine.