Top 5 FAQ: Maine MMJ Patient Rights
Working face-to-face with mmj patients, we’ve observed a few common questions patients ask after receiving their certification. Below outlines Mainely Hydro’s top five frequently asked questions from mmj patients.
1. What are the qualifying medical conditions for MMJ certification in Maine?
The list of qualifying medical conditions for MMJ certification in Maine has grown quite a bit since the program first began in 1999. Below is the current list of qualifying medical conditions:
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
- Cachexia or wasting syndrome
- Chronic pain
- Crohn’s disease
- Hepatitis C
- HIV or AIDS
- Huntington’s disease
- Inflammatory bowel disease
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Nail-patella syndrome
- Parkinson’s disease
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Following condition list was found @ http://norml.org/legal/item/maine-medical-marijuana
2. Once a patient is certified, where and how can they obtain medicine?
There are three options to obtain medicine for certified Maine mmj patients.
A Maine mmj patient can choose to designate their harvestable plant number with a state regulated dispensary. The patient will be allowed to obtain medicine from their designated dispensary only.
Or a Maine mmj patient can choose a personal caregiver to designate their harvestable plants with. This caregiver would grow specific strains for their patient and provide them with a more personal menu.
Last, but most importantly, every Maine mmj patient is allowed to grow cannabis plants at their home for personal use. Maine patients that decide to grow their own medicine can choose to grow indoor and/or outdoor.
Currently Maine mmj patients can designate with one dispensary OR one caregiver at a time. Keep in mind that a patient is legally allowed to be designated with a dispensary and grow their own plants, as long as the number of harvestable plants between the two do not exceed 6.
3. If a patient chooses to cultivate their own medicine, how many plants are legally allowed?
Maine mmj patients are legally allowed 6 harvestable plants, 12 vegetative plants and an unlimited number of clones and seedlings under 12″, for personal use.
4. How much medicine can a patient legally possess?
In the state of Maine, a mmj patient can legally possess 2.5 ounces of processed medicine, on person. Legally they can also possess up to 8 ounces of unprocessed medicine.
5. How can a patient obtain seeds or clones to begin growing medicine for themselves?
In the state of Maine it is still unfortunately illegal to sell seeds or clones. You can however have other mmj patients or caregivers donate clones or seeds to you.
Want to learn more about your rights as a Maine mmj patient? Or more about cultivating your own medicine? Sign up for a consulting session with Mainely Hydro’s grow specialist here.