New Englanders hoping to take a trip to Maine to bask in its beauty with some weed in hand might want to postpone the visit until some legalities are sorted out.
While recreational marijuana is legal in Vacationland, the law has hit some bumps since it passed. And the state is still in the process of sorting some of those rules out.
Cannabis in Maine
Maine voters approved Question 1 on Nov. 8, 2016, the Act to Legalize Marijuana, legalizing the recreational use, retail sale and taxation of cannabis. But on Jan. 27, 2017, the state legislature approved a moratorium on implementing parts of the law relating to retail sales and taxes until at least February 2018. The part of the law allowing consumers 21 and older to possess 2 1/2 ounces, or 70.87 grams, of cannabis did take effect on Jan. 30, 2017.
The law stipulates in its introduction:
“Whereas, amendments to the Marijuana Legalization Act are necessary to provide clarity in the licensing and regulation of adult use marijuana establishments and in the oversight and enforcement of the laws regarding the personal use and home cultivation of marijuana…”
Even so, recreational marijuana sales in the state are most likely several months away.
Maine has permitted doctor recommendations, and limited possession, of medical marijuana since 1999. Voters passed Question 5, the Maine Medical Marijuana Initiative in 2009, expanding the state’s existing program.
Where and How to Buy
There is not yet a system for recreational cannabis sales in the state.
Medical marijuana patients can buy medical cannabis from