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Maine Marijuana Laws

Maine Marijuana Laws

Maine legalized marijuana for medical purposes only.

Possessing cannabis for recreational purposes is illegal and punished with harsh penalties. Possession of up to 1.25 oz is a civil violation that entails a $600 fine. For possessing no more than 2.5 oz, a person may be charged with a fine of $1,000. A subsequent offense implies harsher penalties.

The sale of up to 1 pound of cannabis is a crime punishable by a maximum sentence of 1 year and a $2,000 fine. The sale of marijuana in the amount of between 1 and 20 pounds may be a reason for imprisoning the person for 5 years and fine them $5,000.

Cultivation of up to 5 plants is punishable by 6 months in prison and a fine of up to $1,000. For growing 5-99 plants, you may be charged with a $2,000 fine and up to one year in prison. For any cannabis sale or cultivation offense, the penalties increase if aggravating factors are present. Additionally, if the offender uses a vehicle to facilitate the aggravated cannabis offense, the judge may order the offender's driver's license suspended for up to 5 years.

Maine Medical Marijuana Laws

Maine law allows registered patients and their primary caregivers to have 2.5 ounces of usable marijuana and up to 6 plants, of which three can be flowering at one time.

Patients may consume marijuana in private residences only. Using medical marijuana without a valid prescription is punishable by the same penalties as imposed for illegal marijuana use and possession.

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