Legalization FAQs

What is legal?
In 2016, Maine voters approved the adult use of marijuana for those over the age of 21. However, the state of Maine has not yet licensed any retailer. That means, adults may not legally purchase cannabis unless they are a certified or qualified medical patient. Certified medical patients are still permitted to purchase cannabis from a licensed dispensary caregiver under Maine’s medical cannabis program.
 
Until laws are implemented to govern the legal sale of recreational marijuana, adults can:
 
  • Grow up to three plants in their home.
  • Produce edibles using their own cannabis for personal consumption.
  • Use, possess or transport up to 8 pounds of cannabis, which includes cannabis concentrate and products.
  • Furnish cannabis to other adults, but not in exchange for money or valuables.
What is not legal?

They are no legal ways to purchase cannabis unless you are a certified medical patient. However, under Maine’s existing medical cannabis program, licensed dispensaries and caregivers may continue to sell cannabis to qualified medical patients.

Individuals under the age of 21 may not possess cannabis unless they are qualified patients.

It is anticipated that retail sales will not happen in Maine until late 2019 or 2020 while policymakers work out the details of implementation.

Learn more about Maine’s Recreational Marijuana Laws at http://goodtoknowmaine.com/laws

Medical Cannabis FAQs

Maine laws recently changed under Maine's medical cannabis program. How do they impact you?

On December 13th, 2018 Maine’s new medical cannabis law became effective. The reforms expand access to medical cannabis and uphold all the legal protections that accompany being a legal, medical cannabis patient.

Below are the most notable changes:

  • Members no longer need to meet certain state-defined criteria (conditions or symptoms) to be certified. Your physician, nurse practitioner, or physician assistant may certify you for the medical use of cannabis if they believe that you will medically benefit from it.
  • Patients may purchase up to 2.5 ounces per transaction.
  • Cardholders may use medical cannabis in assisted living and residential care facilities.
  • Safety measures have been improved to include mandatory seed-to-sale tracking, proper labeling, and on-site security standards.
  • Rules to expand business-to-business sales between medical cannabis providers that will improve selection and quality control.
  • Non-cardholders may enter our dispensary
  • Non-cardholders over the age of 21 are able to purchase CBD and non-cannabis products at our dispensaries.
I am currently a certified medical cannabis patient. Do I need to renew my certification?

Yes. If you are currently using medical cannabis, you must renew your certification to continue to legally buy cannabis. Caregivers and dispensaries will only permit sales to properly certified patients.

What are the benefits of remaining a medical cannabis patient?
There are protections for patients under Maine’s medical cannabis program that do not extend to adult-use of cannabis.
 
  • Qualified patients may not be denied any right or privilege by landlords, employers or schools solely for that person’s status as a qualified patient.
  • Courts may not rule against an individual in some domestic cases (i.e. divorce, custody) solely for status as a qualified patient.
  • Qualified patients may not be subject to arrest, prosecution, penalty or disciplinary action for lawfully using medical cannabis.
  • Hospitals, nursing homes, and hospices may permit qualified patients to ingest medicine at some facilities.
  • Minor children (under the care of their physician/parental guardian) may legally ingest cannabis, and if needed, possibly in a school setting.
Where is cannabis prohibited?

Whether you are state-certified, or an adult using cannabis under legalization, cannabis cannot be used in any form on a school bus or on the grounds of a preschool, primary or secondary school (unless specific protocols are followed for qualified child patients). No one can use cannabis on any form of public transportation or in any public place, or while operating, navigating, or riding in any motor vehicle, including aircraft, motorboats, snowmobiles, and all-terrain vehicles.

What can medical marijuana do for me?

Cannabis is a natural alternative to over-the-counter and prescription mediciations. Our patients use it to improve digestion, calm muscle spasms, stimulate appetite, lift depression, alleviate insomnia and more—safely and non-synthetically, Unlike other drugs (even aspirin), there is no lethal dose of cannabis.

If I use marijuana, will I be able to go through my day?

Yes. Wellness Connection of Maine offers a variety of strains that are tailored to suit your needs. Many strains and value-added products (tinctures, salves, lotions, medibles) that are rich in CBD will combat symptoms without causing a “high” effect. Your WCM staff will assist you in finding the type of cannabis, and modality that works best for your needs.

How do I get a certification for medical marijuana?

In Maine, any M.D., D.O. or C.N.P., or P.A.  can recommend cannabis for you. Once your provider has written a certification, you may visit a WCM dispensary location. Upon arrival, our staff will talk with you to fully understand your needs, provide guidance on suggested strains, review all modalities available, and answer any questions you have about cannabis.

Do I have to smoke to use medical marijuana?

No. Wellness Connection of Maine knows that one person’s preferred way of taking medicine might not suit another. We provide a variety of strains and delivery methods, including flower medicine, freshly-baked edibles, tinctures, salves, vapes and sublingual tablets. This range allows our clients to choose which methods work best for them.

On each visit, our staff will discuss the benefit of various delivery methods, the proper dosage, and will make a personalized recommendation about what strain(s) best fit your needs.

Does Wellness Connection of Maine have organic certification?

Currently, there is no USDA organic certification process for the cannabis industry.

Our state-of-the-art facilities are designed to exceed the highest production standards. With your health and safety in mind, under the guidance of renowned scientists, we cultivate pesticide-free cannabis and test our products for purity and consistency.

It’s not easy being green, but we are committed to going 100% green. We are actively reducing our carbon footprint by recycling and using paperless administration.

WCM is proud to be MPS certified. This third-party certification demonstrates our commitment to sustainability and to the preservation of our environment. WCM actively works to reduce our carbon footprint by recycling, using paperless administration and participating in many greening initiatives within our community. It’s not always easy being green, but we are committed to it.

How can I access my medicine?

By law, medical cannabis users are allowed to access their medicine from several sources. You can:

  • Grow up to 6 cannabis plants on your own;
  • Purchase through a state-licensed dispensary or a caregiver.
How much medicine can I have access to each month?

By law, medical cannabis users can purchase up to 2.5 ounces per transaction, and may possess up to 8 pounds of harvested marijuana.

What is a dispensary?

We stand for cannabis as an experience where wellness and community come together. Keeping standards high and prices affordable, we guide you toward the right experience, made just for you. For your convenience, we offer all things cannabis in one place. Here, people with similar interests, come together to gain knowledge and meet old and new friends.

Qualified patients (over the age of 18) and/or their caretakers are allowed into the dispensary. Minor children may enter with their guardian/parent on their first intake appointment only.

Why should I use a dispensary?

Dispensaries offer a safe, private, welcoming environment and a consistent supply of quality medicine. Wellness Connection of Maine is state-licensed and held to rigorous standards for security, quality, and inventory control. We also offer educational and wellness services at no additional cost, and we support local charities and other non-profits who share our values.

I am a Maine resident, what documents should I bring to a dispensary?

Wellness Connection of Maine is licensed by the state to provide consistent, safe access to medical cannabis to qualified Maine residents. As a state-licensed entity, we are bound by law to strictly uphold the letter and intention of Maine law.

Every time you come to the dispensary to purchase medicine or use our other services, you must show your:

  • Valid Maine State ID (Driver’s License or State Photo ID)
  • Valid, current proof that you are a Maine medical cannabis patient, either:
    • Original, tamper-proof Physician’s Certification; or
    • DHHS issued Medical Cannabis Program card

We do not accept other forms of ID (such as cards issued from doctor’s offices, other photo IDs, passports, etc.) By law, if you do not have the proper ID, we must turn you away. Avoid disappointment and come prepared!

I am an out-of-state visiting patient, what documents should I bring to a dispensary?

Wellness Connection of Maine accepts out-of-state members (visiting qualifying patients).

A visiting qualifying patient is a patient with a debilitating medical condition who is not a resident of Maine or who has been a resident of Maine for less than 30 days, who is qualified by another jurisdiction for the medical use of marijuana.

A qualifying patient visiting Maine from another jurisdiction that authorizes the medical use of marijuana pursuant to a law or regulation of another state or political subdivision may engage in conduct authorized for a qualifying patient by these rules if the following 2 criteria are met:

  • Home-jurisdiction certification: The visitor shall possess a valid medical use of marijuana certification issued by the visitor’s home jurisdiction.
  • Photographic identification: The visitor shall possess a valid photographic identification card or driver’s license issued by the visitor’s home-jurisdiction.
I live on a very fixed income. What if I cannot afford my medicine?

Wellness Connection of Maine has a price structure designed to make wellness services and medicine affordable for all of its members. Ask our staff if you qualify for a preferred rate reduction.