Maine

Mandatory Minimum Sentence
Medical Marijuana
Drugged Driving
Hemp
Legalization
Summary of Maine
Year Law Last Passed 1999
How Law Was Passed Senate Bill 611
Possession Limit 2.5 ounces usable; 6 plants

Laws, Limits and Penalties

Offense Penalty Incarceration   Max. Fine  
Possession
2.5 oz or less No penalty None $ 0
More than 2.5 - 8 oz Crime 6 months $ 1,000
More than 8 oz - 1 lb Crime 1 year $ 2,000
More than 1 - 20 lbs Crime 5 years $ 5,000
More than 20 lbs Crime 10 years $ 20,000
Public use of marijuana is a civil infraction punishable by a $100 fine.
Possession of a "usable amount" with proof of a physician's recommendation is not punishable.
Sale or Distribution
1 lb or less Crime 1 year $ 2,000
More than 1 – less than 20 lbs Crime 5 years $ 5,000
Aggravated sale or distribution of more than 1 – less than 20 lbs Crime 10 years, with 2 years MMS* $ 20,000
20 lbs or more Crime 10 years $ 20,000
Aggravated sale or distribution of 20 lbs or more Crime 30 years, with 4 years MMS* $ 50,000
* Mandatory Minimum Sentence (MMS). See Penalty Details for more information.
Cultivation
3 plants or less No penalty None $ 0
More than 3 - less than 100 plants Crime 1 year $ 2,000
100 - less than 500 plants Crime 5 years $ 5,000
Aggravated cultivation of 100 - less than 500 plants Crime 10 years, with 2 years MMS* $ 20,000
500 plants or more Crime 10 years $ 20,000
Aggravated cultivation of 500 plants or more Crime 30 years, with 4 years MMS* $ 50,000
* Mandatory Minimum Sentence (MMS). See Penalty Details for more information.
Hash & Concentrates
Up to 5 g No penalty None $ 0
More than 5 g Crime 1 year $ 2,000
Sale or distrubution Crime 5 years $ 5,000
Aggravated sale or distrubution Crime 10 years, with 2 years MMS* $ 20,000
* Mandatory Minimum Sentence (MMS). See Penalty Details for more information.
Paraphernalia
Possession of paraphernalia No penalty None $ 0
Sale of paraphernalia Crime 6 months $ 1,000
Sale to a minor younger than 16 years of age Crime 1 year $ 2,000
Miscellaneous
Driver's license restriction will be imposed for aggravated furnishing any amount of pot or hash.

Details

Drugged Driving

Every state criminalizes driving under the influence of a controlled substance. Some jurisdictions also impose additional per se laws. In their strictest form, these laws forbid drivers from operating a motor vehicle if they have a detectable level of an illicit drug or drug metabolite (i.e., compounds produced from chemical changes of a drug in the body, but not necessarily psychoactive themselves) present in their bodily fluids above a specific, state-imposed threshold. Read further information about cannabinoids and their impact on psychomotor performance. Additional information regarding cannabinoids and proposed per se limits is available online.

Hemp

This state has an active hemp industry or has authorized research. Hemp is a distinct variety of the plant species cannabis sativa L. that contains minimal (less than 1%) amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the primary psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. Various parts of the plant can be utilized in the making of textiles, paper, paints, clothing, plastics, cosmetics, foodstuffs, insulation, animal feed, and other products. .

Legalization

This state has legalized marijuana for recreational use.

Mandatory Minimum Sentence

When someone is convicted of an offense punishable by a mandatory minimum sentence, the judge must sentence the defendant to the mandatory minimum sentence or to a higher sentence. The judge has no power to sentence the defendant to less time than the mandatory minimum. A prisoner serving an MMS for a federal offense and for most state offenses will not be eligible for parole. Even peaceful marijuana smokers sentenced to "life MMS" must serve a life sentence with no chance of parole.

Medical Marijuana

This state has medical marijuana laws enacted. Modern research suggests that cannabis is a valuable aid in the treatment of a wide range of clinical applications. These include pain relief, nausea, spasticity, glaucoma, and movement disorders. Marijuana is also a powerful appetite stimulant and emerging research suggests that marijuana's medicinal properties may protect the body against some types of malignant tumors, and are neuroprotective. For more information see: Medical Use.