Maine Marijuana Laws: Decriminalized but Still Tricky

Decriminalizing Pot doesn’t always mean it is completely legal. Here are some current guidelines.


Unlike several other states that chose an ounce as the cutoff for a civil penalty, Maine allows you to possess up to 2.5 ounces and still receive a civil ticket. The fine is a flat $600 regardless of the amount.

Once you pass the 2.5 mark, up to 8 ounces is a misdemeanor with a potential six-month jail sentence and $1,000 fine.

Between eight ounces and a pound is still a misdemeanor but carries a potential of a year in jail and the fine doubles to $2,000.

Anything over a pound becomes a felony with prison sentences and large fines.

Medical marijuana is legal in Maine if you have proof that a physician recommended it. You can possess a “useable amount,” and the state cannot punish you for it. One problem with this law is that “useable amount” is not clearly defined.

Related: Maine Marijuana Regulation Video


Growing five plants or less is a misdemeanor offense and carries up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.

If convicted of growing between 6 and 99 plants, it is still a misdemeanor but you could be sent to prison for five years and have to pay a fine of $5,000.

Once you grow more than 100 plants at the same time it is a felony.


Possession of paraphernalia is a civil violation. Selling it is a misdemeanor with a potential six months in jail, unless you sell it to a minor. In that case the potential jail sentence is one year.

Check out: U.S. Sentencing Commission Votes to Reduce Guidelines for Drug Sentences



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