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Cannabis in Maine

Recreational Use of Marijuana is Legal

Quick summary of law: Adults over age 21 may possess up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana and may possess marijuana paraphernalia. Recreational users may consume cannabis only in a private residence or on private property, never in public places. Use of marijuana in a public place may result in a civil fine of up to $100 under Maine state law. Driving under the influence of marijuana is against the law, similar to driving under the influence of alcohol. See more on the laws for more details and links for Maine marijuana laws.


Vast Maine, with its western mountains, acres of pine forests, craggy coastline of islands and inlets, is larger than all the other New England states combined. The character of the various regions determines the nature of your Maine vacation. People flock to the state’s beautiful beaches and rocky coast and stoic lighthouses, from the New Hampshire border up to the state’s remote “toe” in New Brunswick, Canada. The central and western parts of the state are favorites for people who love winter and snow sports. Smoking or ingesting some cannabis – legal for adults in Maine – enhances the beauty of the place. Sunrise over the Atlantic has never looked quite so magnificent.


Sightseeing in Maine can cover a lot of variety. With a boost from your favorite form of marijuana you can take in the pleasures of elegant downtown Portland and its historic seaport district, stroll the walks of a rich tidal marsh, paddle a kayak or stretch out on a beach, or walk up hills to overlooks above Bar Harbor or even the Bay of Fundy, adjacent to Canada. In winter, ski areas provide plenty of pleasure for families, even off the slopes. In ski towns, you can find excellent dining, shopping, and winter luxuries, like a horse-drawn sleigh ride.


Like the state in general, the style of lodgings cover a big spectrum. Imagine yourself a little relaxed and pleasure-oriented from a toke of marijuana, arriving at your lodging: an old sea captain’s house converted into an art-filled B&B, or a suite in luxury resort overlooking a pool and deck and a vast stretch of beach, or a cozy cabin deep in the forest. All of these options and others – convenient to dining, shopping live theater, galleries, or city parks – are easy to find (and hard to leave at vacation’s end) in Maine.


If you’re even thinking of visiting Maine, you are likely to know about its most famous food: lobster. Served in a roll or in a lobster bake dinner, alongside clam chowder, boiled potatoes, and corn on the cob, even Maine lobster can be enhanced with a toke or a tidbit of marijuana in advance. Maine is also known for its blueberries, served everywhere in season and sold in farm stands along the road sides in summer. Many great restaurants – elegant or basic – are scattered across the towns of Maine; its major seacoast city and capital, Portland, has become well-known in recent decades for its skilled chefs and creative restaurateurs.

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State Laws

Click here to view the details of Maine's laws. Additional information obtained from NORML's website.


  • Adults may have up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana flower or mixed marijuana products. This total may includes no more than 5 grams of marijuana concentrate.
  • Adults may grow up to six flowering marijuana plants and 12 immature plants and unlimited seedlings. An adult may possess all of the marijuana they've grown themselves.
  • An adult may consume marijuana only in a private residence or on private property.
  • An adult who is not a medical use patient may not possess edible retail marijuana products until February 1, 2018.
  • An adult who violates these laws has committed a civil violation and may be fined up to $100.

Smoking in Public:

You may not smoke pot in public places. This applies even to users of medical marijuana. Do not smoke marijuana anyplace that smoking tobacco is prohibited. Use of marijuana in public will result in a $100 civil infraction. For now, the safest option is consume it only at home or on private property.

Hash & Concentrates:

The definition of marijuana in the Maine criminal statute is written explicitly not to cover hash or marijuana concentrates. The statute defines Hashish separately as the resin extracted from the cannabis plant. Possession of up to 5 grams of marijuana concentrate is legal with no penalty, no incarceration and no fine.


An adult may possess marijuana paraphernalia.

Driving Under the Influence:

Maine has a drugged driving law. In Maine, a person is guilty of driving under the influence if the person operates a motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicants.

Medical Marijuana:

Maine has medical marijuana laws enacted.

Use these links for cannabis information for each New England state:
Cannabis in Rhode Island
Cannabis in Massachusetts
Cannabis in Vermont
Cannabis in New Hampshire
Cannabis in Connecticut

Cannabis Disclaimer
Cannabis Disclaimer

Cannabis/marijuana products have not been analyzed or approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). There is limited information on the side effects of using such products, and there may be associated health risks. Marijuana use during pregnancy and breast-feeding may pose potential harms. It is against the law to drive or operate machinery when under the influence of this product. KEEP THIS PRODUCT AWAY FROM CHILDREN. There may be health risks associated with consumption of this product. Marijuana can impair concentration, coordination, and judgment. The impairment effects of Edibles may be delayed by two hours or more. In case of accidental ingestion, contact poison control hotline 1-800-222-1222 or 9-1-1. This product may be illegal outside of Maine.
  • Please Consume Responsibly.
  • Marijuana can impair concentration, coordination and judgment. Do not operate a vehicle or machinery under the influence of this drug.
  • For use only by adults 21 years of age or older. Keep out of the reach of children.
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