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Growing marijuana in Maine is finally legal! Adults in Maine can now legally grow up to three marijuana plants at home. That includes all of the harvest from those plants, and/or up to 12 immature plants.
To get started, learn the rules.
Maine previously approved the use of marijuana for a large number of conditions. These conditions include neurological conditions such Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis, and Parkinson’s disease; life-threatening conditions such as cancer, HIV or AIDS, and epilepsy and digestive disorders of inflammatory bowel disease and nausea.
They also include Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, Cachexia or wasting syndrome, Nail-patella syndrome, Huntington’s disease, and Crohn’s disease. Of course, Maine also did not forget Glaucoma, Hepatitis C, Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and chronic pain. However, you no longer need a qualifying condition to be a part of the medical program. If your doctor thinks you should use marijuana therapeutically, that is enough.
Medical marijuana patients in Maine can have 2.5 oz of marijuana in their possession at any time. When it comes to growing marijuana, they are allowed to have six mature plants at a time.
Maine has dispensaries for buying medical marijuana, but patients who would like to have their marijuana custom grown can have a personal caregiver. Maine Marijuana caregivers need to be at least 21 years old and are allowed to grow plants on behalf of a patient.
Patients from other states can use and purchase marijuana in Maine. Get your medical marijuana card at marijuanadoctors.com
In addition to their medical marijuana program, Maine also legalized marijuana possession. Anyone possessing less than 2.5 ounces will receive no penalty and no fine. If they have more than 2.5 ounces, it becomes a crime and could include jail time and a fine. Public use of marijuana is a civil infraction and could result in a $100 fine.
Keep in mind, proof of medical need will cancel any possible fines. So make sure you always register as medical marijuana patient. It’s very easy and not expensive and, most important, it can save you a lot of trouble. Get your card at marijuanadoctors.com
Growing in Maine
You don’t need medical permission to legally grow marijuana at home in Maine. Let’s start with a short list, followed by more details.
- The minimum age to grow is 21
- Possess an unlimited number of seedlings
- Have no more than 12 immature marijuana plants
- Have no more than 3 flowering marijuana plants
- Keep the entire harvest of your 3 plants
- Grow indoors only in your own residence
- Outdoor growing can be on your property or on a friend’s property with written permission
- Outdoor grows must not be visible without the aid of binoculars or aircraft
- Plants must have an identifying tag that includes a driver’s license or identification number
If you want to start growing in Maine, make sure to download my free marijuana grow bible
Maine Growing Laws In-Depth
Now that we know the basics, a little more explanation:
- You must be 21 to grow your own marijuana in Maine. At 21 you’re officially an adult. At that age, you can drink, go to a casino and now, grow marijuana.
- You can grow an unlimited number of seedlings. Seedlings are nonflowering marijuana plants that are no taller than 24 inches and no wider than 18 inches.
Seedlings can be plants from seed or clones from a mother plant. The great thing about this rule is that you can grow as many as possible and select the strongest plants for the next stage, the vegetative stage.
- You are limited to 12 immature plants. An immature or vegetative marijuana plant is taller than 24 inches and wider than 18 inches. These plants are in the vegetative stage and are not producing buds yet. They need 18 hours of light and 6 hours of complete darkness per day.
When you change the light cycle from 18 hours of light to 12 hours of light, the plant ‘thinks’ that winter is coming because of the decreasing amount of light. In nature, this happens around August when days get shorter. For the plant, this is the signal to start producing flowers.
- You are limited to 3 flowering plants. The flowering stage is triggered by light. It lasts 7 to 9 weeks, depending on the strain.
If you grow indoors, it’s very easy to change the light cycle and control the timing of the flowering stage. Just modify the settings from 18 hours of light to 12 hours of light. If you grow outdoors, mother nature is in control.
- Keep only the harvest of your plants. You’re not allowed to have more weed in your house than the harvest from 3 plants. Of course, every harvest is different, but expect ounces of marijuana, not pounds.
If your last harvest hasn’t finished and you are ready to harvest again, you will have a ‘problem.’ However, you can always find someone that will appreciate a gift of weed. Remember to give it away, though. You cannot sell it or exchange it for any goods.
- Grow in your own residence. The law is clear on this one. Do not plan to grow marijuana in your office or at your mom’s place.
- If growing outdoors, grow on your own property. There is no need to grow in the forest or other public places in Maine. If you don’t have property where you can grow, ask a friend or a neighbor if you can grow on theirs.
Make sure you have written permission. This exception makes it very easy for those without a garden or a way to grow indoors to enjoy the art of growing weed.
If you have nowhere to grow, ask a friend or somebody you know if they will let you. See if anyone is willing to do a small volunteer community garden. If you don’t know anybody, try placing an ad on craigslist.
- If growing outdoors, keep your plants stealth. Your plants should not be visible from the public road without visual aids.
Build a fence around your plants or build a little greenhouse. Remember that some marijuana plants can grow over 6 feet tall!
- Tag your plants. All of your plants must have a tag that includes your name and your driver’s license number or identification number. Plus, you must be a resident of Maine.
This goes for all plants. It doesn’t matter if they’re in your home, your garden or in your friend’s garden. They all need a tag.
As you can see, most adults in Maine should be able to grow their own marijuana. And for those who cannot, there is probably someone that can share some outdoor space.
Click here if you want to buy marijuana seeds in Maine
Interesting fact; marijuana is not legal in Jamaica! Learn how rastafarians get to appreciate ganja in our free ebook.
Things You Cannot Legally Do in Maine
I have gotten a lot of emails with questions about what is and isn’t allowed in Maine. We’ve discussed the rules, now here are a few things that are not allowed:
- Growing at multiple places and/or having more than 3 plants in your name *this recently changed from 6 plants
- Putting plants in a friend’s name and taking care of those plants
- Renting out space to people to grow marijuana (for money)
- Selling your harvest
- Storing your harvest someplace other than your home
Based on the rules, these things should be self-explanatory. However, if you have more questions or comments, leave them below in the comment section.
If there are enough new questions, I will update this article to add the most frequently asked questions as well as any other interesting information.
To start growing in Maine, download my free marijuana grow bible. It will discuss the best ways to grow medical marijuana, create a grow room, and prevent infestations and diseases. The free Marijuana Grow Bible has all of the information needed to get started.
Once your grow room is ready, pick out the appropriate seeds and order them. I Love Growing Marijuana carries a large variety of seeds for different needs and conditions. Choose one that best fits what you are looking for, and we will ship it fast and discreetly. Our seeds are guaranteed to germinate, which is the first step to growing the best marijuana in Maine.
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