Adults age 21 and over 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, but 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.
Q: Is weed legal in Maine?
A: Yes. Both medical and adult-use recreational marijuana are legal in Maine. 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 violates these laws has committed a civil violation and may be fined up to $100.
Q: Who can buy and use?
A: Recreational marijuana is available to adults age 21 and over with a valid government-issued ID. Medical marijuana may be purchased by Maine residents who hold a medical card, as well as by visitors from out-of-state who can present valid patient identification credentials, such as a medical card or a registry (and whose state of residence allows them to purchase marijuana in Maine).
Q: Where can I buy weed in Maine?
A: There are many different medical and recreational dispensaries throughout the state of Maine – however, please note that, in Maine, medical and recreational marijuana may not be sold from the same facility. Before you drive to a dispensary, double-check whether the dispensary vends medical or recreational.
Q: What are my choices?
A: If you’re new to marijuana, the choices may seem overwhelming. Workers at the dispensaries, called “budtenders,” will be able to help you make a decision. Dispensaries generally offer marijuana in the following forms: as “flower,” or the recognizable green buds that can be rolled into a joint or smoked through a pipe; pre-rolled joints; edibles, such as THC gummies or chocolates; tinctures, or THC oil that can be dropped under the tongue for an effect similar to that of edibles; vaporizer cartridges, containing THC oil; and cannabis concentrates, which look like wax.
Q: How can I pay?
A: You may use either cash or, in some cases, a debit card. Credit cards will not be accepted. Most dispensaries will have an ATM on the property, and if they do not, they will be able to direct you to one nearby.
A: Medical marijuana is available for delivery from a select number of dispensaries. The state of Maine is considering legislation that would legalize recreational marijuana deliveries, as of March 2022. Please note that weed can only be delivered to your private residence – not to your hotel or lodging.
Q: Can I take it home with me?
A: Yes, but only if you live within the state of Maine. If you are traveling to Maine from out-of-state, it is illegal to cross borders with your medical or recreational marijuana products.
Q: Where can I smoke?
A: It is legal to smoke ONLY on private property. Smoking inside your car in a parking lot, or outside within a public or federally-owned park, is also illegal. Be mindful that property owners, lodgings, landlords, and rental companies can ban the use and possession of marijuana on their premises.
Maine’s cannabis dispensaries grow in number every day. Anybody 21 years of age or older can buy recreational marijuana, including visitors from out-of-state. Adults can possess up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana, marijuana concentrate or marijuana products. This total may include no more than 5 grams of marijuana concentrate.
Using marijuana in public is illegal and is punishable by a $100 fine.
Maine prohibits the sale of recreational and medical marijuana from the same facility, so make sure the dispensary you’re visiting sells the type of marijuana you wish to purchase.
Here are some places to try, per region of Maine.
South Coast: Green Truck Farms (Medical), North Berwick, ME.
Greater Portland: Fire on Fore (Recreational), Portland, ME.
Midcoast: Hive Medicinal (Medical), Chelsea, ME.
Acadia / Bar Harbor / Down East: Indian Trail Farms (Medical), Machias, ME.
Western Lakes and Mountains: Cannabis Cured (Recreational), Sugarloaf, ME.
Northern Maine: Richardson Remedies (Medical), Caribou, ME.
There’s no shortage of delicious food in Maine, and for a stoned tourist, it’s a culinary wonderland.
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. And if lobster isn’t your favorite, never fear: there are tons of other fresh seafood options for you, including clams, crab, oysters, shrimp, and fish.
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. No matter where you are in the state, though, you’ll be able to find delicious food to enjoy when the munchies take hold.
Plus, don’t miss you change to try Maine’s official state beverage, a Moxie soda, or some of the best popovers – a type of buttery, egg-based pastry– on the East Coast.
For visitors with more of a sweet tooth, Maine boasts some of the best blueberries – fresh, in pie form, in syrup form, and more – and whoopee pies in the country. Whoopee pies are said to have originated in Lewiston, Maine, and can be as large as a hamburger, so you might want to have a glass of milk on-hand to wash it down with.
One of the many attractions of a Maine vacation is the state’s wealth of stunning, natural beauty. 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” on the edge of 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.
However, please note that smoking marijuana in public is still illegal, as is possessing marijuana on federal property such as national parks. Smoke in the privacy of your residence and leave your weed at home.
As you enjoy the state’s natural beauty, please be safe. If you find yourself hiking through the forests of northern Maine, remember that these woods remain virtually untouched, so it can be very easy to get lost. Keep track of where you are at all times and be sure to carry emergency supplies. Don’t climb on any steep rocks, don’t approach any wildlife, and don’t disrespect the scenery around you.
There are many fun experiences for the stoned tourist to have while in Maine, such as exploring Maine’s stunning natural beauty and enjoying its delicious cuisine.
Maine also hosts many different iconic animals, including moose, seals, whales, and puffins, and visitors have plentiful opportunities to see these animals on cruises, safaris, and tours. Just make sure that it’s the ideal season and be sure not to approach any wildlife.
In Maine’s urban areas, visitors can explore historical neighborhoods, gardens, museums, art galleries, aquariums, and night life. Portland’s Old Port neighborhood is home to several popular bars and clubs. Bangor offers lots of pubs (and what is rumored to be the world’s tallest statue of Paul Bunyan).