Jenny Bloom

October 1, 2020

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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.

Medical marijuana

Medical Marijuana

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

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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  1. By Larry ,14 Nov 2016
    It states above that in Maine outdoor grows can't be visible from the air. How would you grow outside since all plants require sunlight. Thanks
      1. By Roy ILGM ,23 Nov 2016
        Hey Larry, it seems odd right? I clarified a bit "meaning they need to be covered". So you'd need to stretch a translucent tarp or build a grow house.
        1. By Larry ,09 Dec 2016
          I found this on Maine's PFD of laws. It states "without the use of Aircraft or Binoculars". So it looks like we don't have to cover it. 2. Home cultivation. The following provisions apply to the home cultivation of marijuana […]Read More
          1. By Larry ,09 Dec 2016
            It also says each person may have 6 flowering plants. It doesn't say anywhere that there is a household limit. But each plant must be labeled with the adults name and ID or license number
          2. By Roy ILGM ,12 Dec 2016
            Ha thanks Larry!
          3. By Norma ,22 Aug 2020
            I think it is very disrespectful for neighbors who have to skunk smell sitting in their backyard.
    1. By Eric ,04 Mar 2017
      Hes wrong it said cant be visible from the road without use of binoculars or aircraft or optical aids in the law hes missinforming people
    2. By Larry GIlman ,20 Mar 2017
      This page incorrectly states that the grows must be "covered" or invisible even from the air. Actually, the statute reads: "A person who elects to cultivate marijuana shall ensure the marijuana is not visible from a public way without the […]Read More
    3. By Shawn ,25 Jun 2018
      That's It can only be seen by Air or by binoculars. Meaning If someone walks by they are not supposed to see them.. that's sll.
  2. By Jeff ,18 Nov 2016
    Can my wife and I each grow 6 mature plants a piece or is it just 6 plants per household?
    1. By Roy ILGM ,18 Nov 2016
      Hi Jeff, I can't seem to find those details at the moment. maine.gov and norml.org seem like good places to look
    2. By matt ,13 Jan 2017
      6 mature plants per person! So in your case you can legally have 12 mature plants.
  3. By Darran Simmons ,09 Dec 2016
    Medical growers in Maine can currently grow 6 plants per person, however, due to the ongoing recount, the changes regarding State laws on growing Marijuana have yet to be established.
  4. By porsu llamada ,12 Dec 2016
    you say "ALL PLANTS" must have an ID tag. does this mean "ALL" plants including seedlings, or does "ALL PLANTS" mean "ALL FLOWERING PLANTS?" gracias por su llamada!
    1. By Roy ILGM ,13 Dec 2016
      Best check the details locally but I suspect everything from or beyond the seedling stage needs a tag.
  5. By Scomber ,08 Jan 2017
    What are the rules on selling seedlings?
    1. By Roy ILGM ,09 Jan 2017
      Hi Scomber, the rules for selling often condsider both the plant and bud equal. So no selling allowed
  6. By matt ,13 Jan 2017
    #8 in the article is incorrect. Your Plants can be visible to aircraft and do not need to be covered. Here is how it is written on page 26 of the MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION ACT: "A person who elects to cultivate […]Read More
  7. By Jason ,31 Jan 2017
    Can you have 6 recreational plants and 6 medical plants making a total of 12 if you have your medical marijuana card
    1. By Roy ILGM ,01 Feb 2017
      Hi Jason, you can have a total of 12 plants but just 6 of them may be flowering. Recreation/medical does not come into the equation
  8. By Brandy ,08 Feb 2017
    Can u grow marijuana in ur residence if there are legal guns in the residence?
    1. By Roy ILGM ,13 Feb 2017
      Good question Brandy. It's probably best to investigate this locally as it's hard for us to help you on this point.
  9. By Trisha ,17 Feb 2017
    "If you are not 21 have someone older help you?" What the hell kind of statement is that? Are you TRYING to have this taken away for us because it can just as easily be voted back out again. You […]Read More
    1. By Roy ILGM ,20 Feb 2017
      Agreed Trisha, I removed it.
  10. By Randy ,12 Mar 2017
    I have a medical grow in my name, now that marijuana is legal in Maine can my girlfriend grow her six plants also?
  11. By Jennifer ,24 Mar 2017
    How long does someone have to be a Maine resident before they can grow for recreational use?
    1. By Roy ILGM ,27 Mar 2017
      Hi Jennifer, I wasn't able to find anything about residency. Perhaps check locally to be sure.
  12. By Sam ,24 Mar 2017
    Does anyone have any idea what the penalty would be if I had more plants than the 6? Where would I find this information. Thank you.
  13. By John Cummings ,28 Mar 2017
    "Renting out space to people to grow marijuana (for money)" My question is can one rent out land to some one if it is for personal use i.e. I have 5 acres and want to rent out for people that […]Read More
    1. By Roy ILGM ,29 Mar 2017
      Hi John, that goes into some specific details which are best checked locally. I can imagine if you are someone that rents out appartments that the tenants can each grow in their respecive homes. But renting out a bit of […]Read More
    2. By Cody ,22 Dec 2017
      Jon where in Maine are you located I'm from California stuck in Maine looking for a place
  14. By John Cummings ,29 Mar 2017
    can one sell clones/seeds legally in Maine ( sorry didn't finish the last question)
    1. By Roy ILGM ,30 Mar 2017
      Hi John, I wasn't able to find an answer to your question. Best check locally for the answer.
  15. By Christina ,24 Apr 2017
    My friend and I would like to grow in another friends basement. So all 3 of us would grow there. Is that legal?
    1. By Roy ILGM ,25 Apr 2017
      Hi Christina, the limits are set per household so that doesn't seem legal to me :) – I❤️GM
  16. By Joann ,29 May 2017
    What if you have 3 or 4 adults over the age of 21 in the same house hold, can we all grow our 6 plants each? (18-24) Is there a maximum number of plants to grow per house hold?
  17. By Kathy ,01 Jun 2017
    I would like to be a cultivator for dispensaries to use. How does one go about doing this?
    1. By Roy ILGM ,02 Jun 2017
      Hi Kathy, I'm affraid we're too far off to be able to answer this correctly, best check with local legislation.
  18. By wayne ,07 Jun 2017
    What if you have 3 or 4 adults over the age of 21 in the same house hold, can we all grow our 6 plants each? (18-24) Is there a maximum number of plants to grow per house hold?
    1. By Roy ILGM ,08 Jun 2017
      Hi Wayne, I assume the limits are set per household but best double-check that locally. – I❤️GM
  19. By cheryl proudloce ,09 Jun 2017
    I am a landlord and I have nothing against using weed but what are my rights about the renter digging holes to plant on my property now that it legal here in Maine Thanks
    1. By Roy ILGM ,09 Jun 2017
      Hi Cheryl, best check that with local legislation :) – I❤️GM
  20. By Pants ,09 Jul 2017
    Hello, was curious what would be the rule for a property that is large enough so that the outdoor grow would not be visible by any public road, would a fence still be required? There are cliffs all around the […]Read More
    1. By Roy ILGM ,10 Jul 2017
      Hi Pants, I believe the fence is to keep youngsters and other people out as well. I'm not sure how your personal situation resonantes with local legislature so it's best to ask locally.
  21. By Steev ,31 Aug 2017
    If a town government passes an ordinance outlawing the "cultivation" of weed, does this take priority over and render null &void, the home-grown rule passed in the State?
  22. By unknown ,12 Sep 2017
    My neighbor has quite a few marijuana plants growing in their driveway where it is very visible to me and other passing by. Is there a way to make them move these plants, I have small grandchildren and do not […]Read More
    1. By Stacy ILGM ,13 Sep 2017
      Just explain this to your neighbors, just like you wrote it all down here. I think they will understand why you are asking them to move them a little. :) Stacy ILGM
    2. By latewood_ILGM ,18 Apr 2018
      I cannot speak to whether you can make them move the plants. I believe all should have the right to grow and the only stigma attached is due to archaic U.S. laws illegally implemented due to the fact that Cannabis […]Read More
  23. By Brittanie Parker ,01 Oct 2017
    Hi I was curious if there was any laws about growing near a school in my house?
    1. By latewood_ILGM ,18 Apr 2018
      Brittanic, I advise you to call the state office for MMJ in Maine,. We have a staff member who lives in Maine and all indication are that Maine is in the process of modifying the laws and guidelines. It is […]Read More
  24. By Anne ,10 Oct 2017
    I have a medical cannabis card in Maine. If I give the card to a grow house to grow on my behalf, not clear on the rules, do I get a portion of that pot free?
    1. By latewood_ILGM ,18 Apr 2018
      Anne, If it is legal to giver your card to a professional caregiver in your state; The details of compensation is between you and the caregiver grower. As far as rules; Contact your state for the details. Peace
  25. By Tim ,26 Mar 2018
    When growing outdoors am I required to have my plants fenced in
    1. By latewood_ILGM ,18 Apr 2018
      Local and state laws in Maine are still in flux. Contact your state agent to find out what guidelines are in place.
  26. By EJ Mills ,03 Apr 2018
    Are convicted felons allowed to grow marijuana? Are people who rent a trailer in a trailer park allowed to grow marijuana on the lot their trailer sits on? (That one could be tricky since many "private property" laws that apply […]Read More
    1. By latewood_ILGM ,18 Apr 2018
      EJ MIlls, These are all questions for you local and state agency to answer. Last I heard; Maine does not even know what they are going to do. Sorry.
  27. By Richard Bunker ,25 Apr 2018
    I have owned my property in Ellsworth for 35 years I live in Maine now from April to mid October and I am a resident the other months in NH.i find it very unfare that I pay my taxes on […]Read More
  28. By Cher ,12 Jun 2018
    Can we grow 12 flowering plants on our property if we grow for ourselves and then give permission to someone with a Medical card? That would mean we would each have 6 plants.
    1. By latewood_ILGM ,13 Jun 2018
      Cher, The law just changed in Maine. recreational users are now limited to 3 plants. Med patients have a larger allowed grow but, you would need to contact your local government agency to clarify the latest changes to the cannabis […]Read More
  29. By JD ,23 Aug 2018
    My neighbor has 36 plants growing. I am trying to sell my house and lost a cash sale because of the strong smell. Even the inside of my house smells. I was told there is an odor ordinance. What does […]Read More
    1. By latewood_ILGM ,23 Aug 2018
      JD, I advise you to check local ordinance. On the other hand; By state law your neighbor has the right to grow as long as he follows the constraints of the law, and the last thing I would ever do […]Read More
  30. By Marion ,26 Feb 2019
    I'm wondering about fences. I read or heard that if you grow in maine, you have to have a 6 foot fence around it that locks. Is that true?
    1. By latewood ILGM ,27 Feb 2019
      Marion, this question falls under; "Ask your local authorities". Local laws change all the time and it is best if you receive this info from the proper local source.
  31. By Cory ,01 Apr 2019
    What is the max amount I am able to grow on a single property if all are imediate family? 4 of us have cards 3 don't
    1. By latewood ILGM ,03 Apr 2019
      Cory, you should call your state advocate or agency and ask. Laws change all the time and I know Maine is in flux, as far as I know. I also believe Maine is ruled by a limit of how many […]Read More
  32. By Todd ,08 Apr 2019
    My neighbor grows in his back yard and I can see and smell it in late summer. I have cook out with family and friends and my back yard smells like a skunk. The plants are less than 50 feet […]Read More
  33. By DERRICK ,11 Apr 2019
    Can I have three plants on my property in adition to letting a friend/relative have three plants tagged in their name?
  34. By Joshua ,15 Apr 2019
    If your a maine Medical Marijuana patient And theres to patients in the same houehold. i heard only 2 people in your household are allowed to grow 6 flowering plants each. Is this true?
  35. By Dexter ,25 Apr 2019
    So it says a friend can grow on ur property as long as there tagged and they encourage a grow together. however ..does not say how many people can grow together on a single piece of property ? What is […]Read More
  36. By Craig ,27 Apr 2019
    HOW do felons plat into this? Can they do it or not?
  37. By Tina ,13 May 2019
    What if you live on land that is not yours but the person that owns it want to grow. But dont live there and we dont want them to grow. Not because where against growing we just dont want there […]Read More
  38. By ROBERT ,08 Jun 2019
  39. By Joe ,11 Jun 2019
    Why cut plant numbers down to 3,6plants only get me by for 9 monthst hen I have to buy it black market I won't pay high Legal non profit dispencery weed prices I saw a lady once pay 900 dollars […]Read More
  40. By latewood ILGM ,19 Jun 2019
    Craig, Local and state laws change all the time. Best if you ask your local government whether you can participate or not. Good Luck
  41. By latewood ILGM ,19 Jun 2019
    Tina, We cannot advise you on legal matters. you should contact someone in the legal profession ans ask their advice. If you rent, you must have an agreement. What does it state in the agreement as to how intrusive the […]Read More
  42. By latewood ILGM ,19 Jun 2019
    Robert, you need to consult your local municipality. Laws aere different and get changed all the time. you may need AN 8' FOOT FENCE OR SOMETHING. oTHERWISE YOU MAY HAVE TO GROW INSIDE. aSK YOUR LOCAL GOVERNMENT. tHEY KNOW MUCH […]Read More
  43. By Petrov ,29 Jun 2019
    If The Plants are outside but still in pots does that constitute an outside Grow? If so, would a friend be able to put their plants on the property Legally?
  44. By Jason ,21 Aug 2019
    What does the law say in Regards to buying and selling clones?
  45. By Ghe ,09 Sep 2019
    So, if I get 5lbs off my three plants I'm still legal?
  46. By Jen ,22 Sep 2019
    Where does measuring from a school Begin? The front door? Curb? Building?
  47. By Roy ,21 Oct 2019
    How Long do seeds last? If I bought 10 seeds and only planted 5 one year, will the remaining 5 last Until the following year?
  48. By Betty ,01 Nov 2019
    Awesome info, thanks! I also wondered What i can and cant do as a tenant and renting from a landlord. my landlord threatened to call the police on me for what he thought was marijuana but was actually CBD because […]Read More
  49. By John ,14 Jan 2020
    My brother uses his nephews bedroom to dry them. Hows that legal or moral?
  50. By OldSalty ,23 Feb 2020
    the law states "up to 3 plants per person per residence".. so yes, you can grow 3 plants at your place and 3 plants in the back of your friends field (with their written permission of course). Whats more there […]Read More
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  52. By gus ,11 Mar 2020
    is the limit 3 plants per a household or 3 plants per a person living at the residents ?
  53. By Kelly ,10 Jun 2020
    I understand that the plants can’t be visible by the road but if the neighbor can see them once they are fully grown, is that against the law?
  54. By Matt ,12 Jun 2020
    Is it a felony to have to many plants in maine?
  55. By Jeff ,20 Sep 2020
    author of this blog is wrong on many facts, 6 plants are allowed and do not have to be covered
    1. By Stacy ILGM ,28 Sep 2020
      Hy Jeff, Thanks for your comment! We will check up and correct the info in this article shortly. Stacy ILGM
  56. By Care ,26 Sep 2020
    What if you know someone who is doing all the things that are not allowed. I would not care normally but these people take advantage in every way you can imagine. Among other nasty things they do against rules and […]Read More

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