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How to Get a Maine Medical Marijuana Card in 2020

Ruth Lemon
Ruth Lemon - Operations Manager

Apr 13 2020 - 10 min read

How to Get a Maine Medical Marijuana Card in 2020 Using Telehealth

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Bald Mountain, Maine

Getting a Maine Medical Marijuana Card Online with Leafwell

Maine legalized medical marijuana use ahead of many states, with 62% of the populace voting “Yes” to Question 2 on November 2 1999. The Marijuana Legalization Act was passed on November 8 2016, permitting recreational cannabis use.

Despite recreational cannabis being legal, there are a number of benefits to having a Maine medical marijuana card, including:

  • Greater legal protection
  • Lower costs – money saved on taxes and special offers at dispensaries
  • Access to a greater number of products and dispensaries
  • No prior relationship with a physician is required in order to qualify for medical marijuana in Maine. However, the medical professional must be licensed to practice in Maine before they can recommend cannabis for a patient in Maine.

With Leafwell, it is quick and simple and secure to get a Maine Medical Marijuana Card online. We’ve put together this valuable guide which will answer all your questions and help individuals living in Maine State understand the importance of applying for their Maine MMJ Card via the easy, HIPAA Compliant process offered by Leafwell’s telemedicine platform. You can visit our Ultimate Guide to Getting a Medical Marijuana Card for more general information.

Who Can Apply for a Medical Marijuana Card in Maine?

You must be aged 18 years-old or over in order to get a Maine medical marijuana card for yourself. Caregivers must be aged 21 or over and can apply on behalf of a minor patient (under the age of 18).

There are no qualifying medical conditions listed under Maine law. Instead, a medical professional (state-licensed physician or nurse practitioner) can certify a patient for any reason if they believe a Medical Marijuana Treatment Program will benefit the patient’s condition.

Applicants can either be residents of Maine or visiting qualifying patients. Patients who are visiting must already have their Registry Identification Card from their home state, provide a copy of their photo identification card, their certification from their home state and a copy of the visiting qualifying provider certification provided by Maine.

What Does an MMJ Card Permit in Maine?

The possession limits in Maine are the same for those with or without an MMJ Card:

  • Possession Limit (Flower): 2.5 oz. (71 grams), both medical and recreational.
  • Possession Limit (Concentrate): 5 grams, both medical and recreational.

Despite the MMJ card not coming with more generous limits than the law allows recreational users, there are many reasons why we recommend securing an MMJ card if applicable, including:

  • Greater legal protection
  • Lower costs (e.g. taxes and special offers in dispensaries)
  • Access to a greater number of products and dispensaries

How do I Apply for a Medical Marijuana Card Online in Maine with Leafwell?

With Leafwell, you can get your Maine Medical Marijuana Card in 4 simple steps:

1. Register online with Leafwell at https://leafwell.co/medical-card/maine/.

It’s quick and easy! Plus all of your data and medical records are secure on our state-of-the-art telemedicine platform.

2. Book an appointment with a certified physician or nurse practitioner with Leafwell.

Leafwell has an experienced team ready to meet with you. This initial consultation fee is $59 for an examination.

3. Attend your online appointment and get a medical cannabis certificate online from a state-licensed physician.

The process is quick, simple and HIPAA-compliant. Most appointments take 15 minutes or less.They will decide whether you are eligible for a Maine medical marijuana certificate and card and will register you with the MMMP (Maine Medical Use of Marijuana Program).

4. Once approved, download your electronic copy of your Maine Medical Marijuana card in minutes.

After the consultation, you will receive the PDF copy of your certificate immediately via email. The original, printed on tamper-resistant paper, will arrive by post at your address within 7 days.

As soon as you have the electronic version or the physical version, you are able to buy medicine at any Maine dispensary.

We can also renew your Maine MMJ certificate. You should begin the renewal process 30 days before the expiration of your previous medical marijuana card.

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What Does my Online Medical Marijuana Evaluation with Leafwell Include?

Your online medical marijuana evaluation with Leafwell is quick and easy. In order to get started, we’ll need you to provide us with some preliminary details as well as some medical records. These are all passed securely to one of our registered physicians or nurse practitioners who can familiarise themselves with your application before your consultation.

The consultation itself is simple and secure, taking place on our bespoke telemedicine platform. You will meet with a Maine registered practitioner who has experience issuing certificates for medical marijuana to patients for a range of medical issues. The registered practitioner will speak with you about why you are applying and ask some questions with regards to your medical conditions and history.

At the end of the consultation, the registered practitioner will be able to make an informed decision about whether he or she recommends the use of medical cannabis based on the medical information they have obtained. If an application is successful, the registered practitioner will complete the certification and register you with the MMMP (Maine Medical Use of Marijuana Program) and then promptly email the electronic version of the card in PDF. A hard copy will be sent in the post a few days later.

If an application is unsuccessful, you will receive an email detailing why our registered practitioner felt unable to provide you with the certificate. You will not be charged for the consultation.

How Much Does it Cost for an Online Physician’s Consultation?

The initial consultation with one of the Maine Registered Practitioners via Leafwell’s HIPAA compliant online consultation service is a one off fee of $59. However, if you do not qualify for an MMJ Card and our practitioner elects not to sign your certificate, you will not be charged.

Registry cost for caregivers is $300 per patient, plus $31 for a mandatory criminal background check.

Upon receiving your certificate, you can submit your application to the Maine government. There is no application fee for a medical marijuana card in Maine.

Please note that because cannabis is federally illegal, insurance companies will not cover any costs incurred from applying for a medical marijuana card.

What Conditions Qualify for Medical Marijuana Cards in Maine?

Qualifying Conditions have been removed from Maine’s Medical Marijuana Program. If a medical professional thinks a Medical Marijuana Treatment Program will benefit the patient’s condition, the medical professional can certify the patient for Medical Marijuana. The provider must be registered from the Division of Licensing & Regulatory Services (DLRS) through the Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS) to be able to issue certifications for patients.

Whilst there are no specific qualifying criteria for a medical marijuana card in Maine, this doesn’t mean that there aren’t some rules. If you are seeking cannabis for chronic pain in Maine, for example, then you will need to prove that other treatment methods have not proven successful in the past 6 months.

Here are some of the most common medical conditions for which registered medical professionals recommend enrollment into the MMMP in Maine:

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By taking the correct dose of medical cannabis, many patients who experience symptoms from a wide range of medical conditions find their lives transformed. Medical marijuana can give individuals back their energy and capacity to enjoy life, get out in the fresh air and lead a comfortable, healthy and happy existence in the beautiful Maine outdoors. We believe in the power of medical marijuana to change lives for the better and give individuals the power to control their own medical conditions. Our licensed physicians believe this too which is why they work with Leafwell and help as many patients as possible to secure a medical marijuana card if they, as experts, believe cannabis may help alleviate symptoms and medical issues.

What Documents Do I Need to Apply for a Medical Cannabis Card?

In order to apply for your MMJ Card in Maine, you will need to show some identification documents. You should gather together the following:

  • ID
  • Proof of address
  • Medical records
Maine, Medical Marijuana Laws in Maine
Portland Maine Lighthouse at Cape Elizabeth During Sunrise

Below are all of the acceptable forms these documents may take.

Acceptable ID

  • Maine driver’s license
  • Valid US Passport
  • Any photographic ID issues by the state of Maine

Acceptable proof of residency

  • Utility bill (dated within the last month) – cell phone bills are not accepted
  • Rental or mortgage agreement

Medical Records

You need to bring copies of your medical records showing a diagnosis of your condition. Examples include medical images, doctor’s notes, progress notes and medication lists. Otherwise, the Maine MMJ medical professional will likely not issue your certification on the same day. Request a Medical Release Form to assist you with obtaining your records from previous doctor’s offices.

Do I Need to Present my Medical Records to Leafwell?

Yes. In order to responsibly sign a certificate which permits individuals to apply for an MMJ card, our registered practitioners must have a comprehensive understanding of your medical history. This allows them to provide an accurate assessment to ensure that medical cannabis is a good option for each patient on a case by case basis. We request the following (if applicable):

  • Medication list
  • Physician’s diagnosis
  • Treatment plan
  • Progress notes
  • Radiology/MRI/X-ray image

Lab test results

How Does a Caregiver Apply for a Medical Marijuana Card? Can I Get a MMJ Card for My Child in Maine?

Some patients may be eligible for an MMJ Card but unable to apply for one themselves. For example, should the patient be a minor under the age of 18, or if the patient needs assistance accessing medical cannabis, a caregiver can be assigned to complete the process on their behalf.

If a patient needs a medical marijuana certificate and card for a minor under the age of 18 or an adult who cannot otherwise access medical cannabis, then they will need a Caregiver. Caregivers must be aged 21 or over and have no convictions relating to drugs, narcotics or scheduled substances.

Registry cost for caregivers is $300 per patient, plus $31 for the criminal background check.

Caregiver designation form needs to be filled out, giving information about the Caregiver, Patient and whether or not you will be cultivating.

Those who are cultivating will need to register cultivation location, dispensing location and caregiver information.

Can a Qualifying Patient Grow Cannabis in Maine?

Up to three mature plants, 12 immature plants and an unlimited number of seedlings. You will need to have a commercial license if you wish to grow more. We cannot provide these at Leafwell.

Legalize Marijuana Maine
Medical marijuana and small-scale farming go hand-in-hand in Maine.

Are my Details Kept Confidential When I Apply for a Medical Marijuana Card?

Yes. Leafwell is committed to protecting the privacy of our patients. Our online service is HIPAA compliant and our systems are designed to keep all of your confidential details safe.

Does Maine Have Medical Marijuana Reciprocity? I.E. Does the state accept any other state’s cards and do any other states recognise a card from Maine?

Yes, Maine recognises MMJ Cards from other states:

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Public Law, Chapter 209 (2019) provides that a “visiting qualifying patient from another jurisdiction that authorizes the medical use of marijuana … who possesses … a valid medical marijuana certification from that other jurisdiction and photographic identification … may engage in conduct authorized for a qualifying patient.”

However, most states will not recognise Maine MMJ Cards. Check the related state page on the Leafwell website before you travel to confirm.

Getting a Medical Marijuana Card in Portland, Augusta, Bangor, Scarborough and Westbrook, Maine

Throughout Maine, cannabis is legal for medical and recreational use. A few locations have unique laws, however, such as Scarborough who passed new rules on cannabis which took effect February 21 2020. Businesses in Scarborough are now able to cultivate, manufacture and test marijuana for medical and recreational use.

In Portland, a local licensing system, fee schedule and rules were adopted for medical and recreational marijuana businesses in May 2020.

In 2019, Augusta proposed a rule which would allow medical marijuana sales with no recreational sales permitted. Augusta’s approach means we recommend all Maine residents apply for an MMJ card if possible in case local restrictions are imposed in the future, although we do not expect this to happen at a state level.

Regardless of where you are in Maine, you can get a medical marijuana card online with Leafwell, MD. Here are our clinics:

Leafwell MD Portland

685 Congress Street, (behind Local 188) Portland, ME 04102
207-480-3489

Leafwell MD Scarborough

3 Commercial Rd #1, Scarborough, ME 04074, United States
207-480-3489

Leafwell MD Westbrook

548A Congress Street, Number 6, Portland, Maine, 04101
207-480-3489

Leafwell MD Farmington

232 Broadway, Farmington, ME 04938, United States
207-480-3489

Leafwell MD Brunswick

408 Bath Rd Unit B, Brunswick, ME 04011, United States
207-480-3489

Leafwell MD Berwick

513 Portland St Unit #1, Berwick, ME 03901, United States
207-480-3489

NORML Maine Marijuana Arrest Rates
Marijuana Arrests in Maine, 1997. Courtesy of http://norml.org/legal/item/maine-arrest-rates

History of Medical Marijuana in Maine

1999 – Maine voters approve Ballot Question 2, which removed state-level criminal penalties for the use, possession and cultivation of marijuana by patients with medical need and oral or written medical opinion stating that the patient may benefit from the medical use of marijuana.

2002 – Senate Bill 611 (SB 611) is introduced, increasing the amount of usable cannabis a patient is allowed to carry to up to 2.5 ounces.

2009 – Voters approve of Question 9, which included a wider number of conditions cannabis can be recommended for.

2013 – LD 1062 is introduced, adding PTSD to the list of conditions cannabis can be recommended for.

There are a maximum of 8 state-licensed dispensaries that are allowed to be operational in Maine at any one time.

Tax rates are expected to reach about 20% per gram for recreational users. Medical marijuana users will likely save on some sales taxes which is why holding an MMJ Card is so valuable.

Maine has put in place a number of pieces of legislation designed to protect its patients.

Under the Maine Medical Use of Marijuana Act (MMUMA) –

“an employer may not refuse to employ or otherwise penalize a person solely for that person’s status as a qualifying patient…”; however,

The MMUMA does not require “an employer to accommodate the ingestion of marijuana in any workplace or any employee working while under the influence of marijuana.”

Maine medical marijuana patients also have the right to:

  • Enroll in school without rejection based only on cardholder status
  • Rent an apartment without eviction or rejection based solely on patient status
  • Work at their place of employment without discrimination for having a card or testing positive for marijuana
  • Receive healthcare without disqualification merely due to medical marijuana treatment
  • Visit or have custody of their child without denial only based on patient status
  • Hold a state-issued license without suspension on the sole basis of cardholder status

However, a medical marijuana card may also prohibit a qualifying patient from:

  • Owning a firearm
  • Prevent them from getting/keeping a federal job, or a job that requires a commercial driver’s licence

Useful Links

To find out more about getting a Medical Marijuana Card in Maine, get in touch with the expert Leafwell team today or use any of these verified resources below:

MMMP Regulations
All Applications and Forms
Maine Guide to Marijuana in the Workplace
Medical Use Rules For Visiting Patients
New Rules in Scarborough
Marijuana Ordinance in Portland
Medical Marijuana Rules in Augusta

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Written by
Ruth Lemon
Ruth Lemon - Operations Manager

Ruth Lemon has worked in Cambodia and Australia, gaining experience in the non-profit sector, education and international development, and digital marketing. New to the cannabis sector, Ruth is helping Leafwell to scale without compromising the customer experience and seeks to create a frictionless customer journey. She now lives in the UK with her rescued Cambodian cat and believes Leafwell is improving access to and understanding of a valuable medical alternative.

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