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Once approved, your doctor will fill out a special certification form provided by Maine’s medical marijuana program and then send your form to you in the mail.
Once you have your medical cannabis certification, you can visit any dispensary you choose. Your Maine medical marijuana card and certification are valid for one year.
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Even though Maine has a list of qualifying conditions, the state also allows physicians to recommend medical cannabis for any patient they think it may benefit.
Most Common Conditions
Maine has a fairly unique caregiver program, with two different kinds of caregivers. Each fills a very different need, but both are valuable to patients.
First, when a patient registers for Maine’s medical cannabis program, they can designate an immediate family member or member of their household as a caregiver. Those caregivers can:
Maine also allows caregivers to operate as a business, cultivating cannabis and providing care for multiple patients. These caregivers do not need to be related to or live with the patients they care for, and they do need to register with the state. Caregivers following this path must register with the state as a caregiving business. Caregiving businesses register and pay a fee based on the number of plants they cultivate. Their status affords them the ability to care for as many patients as they can with their allotment of plants, hire employees, and charge patients for their cannabis. They can also sell extra cannabis to licensed wholesalers.
The fee for business caregiver registration is up to $240 for each set of 6 plants cultivated, up to $1,200 for 30 plants, or $1,500 for a 500 sq ft plant canopy. There is also a $31 criminal background check fee.
All caregivers in Maine must be over 21, a resident of Maine, and must not have been convicted of a disqualifying offense.
Maine does not require medical cannabis patients to register with the state. Follow the instructions once you start the NuggMD process to fill out your application. Make sure you enter all of your information accurately to avoid possible delays in your processing. When you’re approved, your NuggMD medical marijuana doctor will mail you your certification, which you can use to purchase medical cannabis.
There’s no registration fee for voluntary registrations in Maine.
You’ll need to renew your Maine medical cannabis certification yearly, which includes being evaluated by your doctor again. It’s a good idea to be reevaluated 30 days before your certification is set to expire to make sure there’s no lapse in your medical cannabis certification.
Thankfully, the process for how to renew your Maine medical cannabis card isn’t complicated. And NuggMD makes the process even easier!
Whether you got your initial recommendation with NuggMD or another doctor or service in the state, our medical marijuana doctors are standing by.
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We are a team of cannabis and technology professionals focused on connecting you with state-licensed doctors. We believe all people deserve access to medical cannabis if they think it might improve their quality of life. Since our founding in 2015, we’ve held ourselves and our partners to the highest standards to ensure every patient we serve is able to access reliable cannabis information, trustworthy medical practitioners, and proactive updates on the cannabis healthcare ecosystem and legislation that may affect their experience as a medical cannabis patient.
Whether you’re a cannabis connoisseur or thinking of becoming a first-time medical marijuana patient, our network of doctors will listen to your needs and give you an honest opinion about whether they think cannabis can help.
Any Maine resident who has been recommended cannabis by a state-licensed medical practitioner will qualify for medical cannabis in the state. Patients under 18 will need to have a parent or legal guardian appointed as a caregiver to manage and administer their medication.
Maine does have a list of qualifying conditions, but the state also allows medical professionals to use their own discretion in recommending medical cannabis. So, even if you don’t have one of the state’s qualifying conditions, a medical professional can recommend medical cannabis if they feel it’s an appropriate treatment.
Maine’s qualifying conditions are:
Yes! Maine allows licensed medical practitioners to recommend medical cannabis to any patient they feel will benefit from it. If your doctor thinks medical cannabis will be an effective treatment for you, you’ll be eligible for Maine’s medical program.
Maine has a number of key benefits for medical cannabis patients. Patients are able to access more dispensaries than recreational consumers, including the state’s robust network of registered cannabis caregivers. Medical cannabis patients are also exempt from the state’s 10% excise tax on cannabis sales.
Additionally, medical cannabis patients are allowed to cultivate double the number of mature plants (6) as recreational cannabis users (3).
Last but not least, Maine affords key protections to medical cannabis patients that aren’t available to adult-use consumers, including protections against discrimination in the workplace, at school, and in renting their apartments. They are also protected against discrimination when being considered for organ transplants.
NuggMD only charges $99 for a Maine medical cannabis evaluation. And that evaluation is entirely risk-free because NuggMD patients are only charged if their evaluating physician recommends them for medical cannabis. Maine does not charge a fee for your medical card, so there are no additional costs.
In the U.S. cannabis remains illegal at the federal level, even for medical purposes. As a result, nearly all health insurance companies will not cover the cost of medical cannabis.
Once your doctor recommends medical cannabis, they’ll send a copy of your certification to the state and another copy to you. Once you have your certification, you can use it to purchase medical cannabis.
With NuggMD, you are ONLY charged for your evaluation if you are approved. We believe everyone deserves access to a qualified medical cannabis doctor, and the cost of an evaluation shouldn’t be a barrier.
You won’t be charged for your evaluation if you’re not approved for medical marijuana treatment. Because paper certifications are all that is required to purchase medical marijuana in Maine, once your certification has shipped, a refund is no longer available. Your certification will be good for one year and should arrive at your home within 5 to 10 business days. If you don’t receive your package within 12 days, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Reshipment Request,” and a brief description of your issue. The first reshipment is free if the request is made within 30 days of your evaluation. Thereafter, each reshipment request will cost $20. We want to make sure you are 100% satisfied with your purchase being that you, the customers, are the most important thing to us. If any issues arise, please feel free to reach back out for further assistance.
Yes! In Maine, any state-licensed MD, DO, physician assistant, or nurse practitioner can recommend medical cannabis. All of NuggMD’s medical practitioners are licensed in the state where they practice and meet all state requirements to recommend medical cannabis.
This depends on the state to which you’re traveling. Each state has different rules regarding reciprocity, and some don’t allow it at all. Check with your destination state to learn more.
Maine does require a state-issued photo ID for medical cannabis certification. However, Maine has a fairly liberal reciprocity policy and accepts out-of-state patients from most other states with medical cannabis programs. So it’s possible to apply as a visiting patient without a Maine state ID.