Tolerance
10 / 10
Medical
Yes
Status
Legal

The Marijuana Legalization Act, to take effect within 40 days of Nov 8, 2016 permits adults who are not participating in the state’s medical cannabis program to legally grow and to possess personal use quantities of cannabis while also licensing commercial cannabis production and retail sales. The law imposes a 10 percent tax on commercial marijuana sales. Under the law, localities have the authority to regulate, limit, or prohibit the operation of marijuana businesses. Onsite consumption is permitted under the law in establishments licensed for such activity.

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History


  • Prohibition

    1913

  • Maine decriminalized possession of small amounts of cannabis (following 1975 legislation)

    1976

    Becoming the third state to do so.

  • Maine Becomes Fifth State to Legalize Medical Marijuana

    1999-11-02

    Maine becomes the fifth state to legalize medical marijuana when ballot initiative Question 2 is passed with 61% of the vote.

  • Maine decriminalized marijuana when Governor John Baldacci signed legislation (LD 250) which made possession of 2.5 ounces or less a civil infraction.

    2009-05-01

  • Voters in Portland passed Question 1 by 67% which legalized the possession of 2.5 ounces within the city's limits.

    2013-11-05


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