How much does it cost to obtain a patient certification?
For individuals on probation, there are rules and restrictions for marijuana that must be followed. Contact a probation officer to find out more.
How many plants can I grow?
The average time frame to approve an application is currently one month.
Please note: dispensaries are not to be confused with caregivers. A caregiver may operate one retail store to sell their products.
First, keep it out of sight. An adult who chooses to grow plants for personal use must make sure their marijuana is not visible from a public way without the use of binoculars or other visual aid.
What do I need to apply for or renew a registry identification card (caregiver, caregiver assistant, dispensary employee, etc.)?
Those persons growing marijuana for their own personal use, and Registered Caregivers growing or manufacturing medical marijuana for their own use or for use by members of their household do not require a business license.
No, marijuana businesses are prohibited from (1) having drive-through pick-up facilities and/or (2) providing home delivery services.
Yes. Different types of marijuana businesses are allowed in different zoning districts. For example, while the "Community Business" zoning district allows marijuana retail stores, it prohibits marijuana cultivation, manufacturing, testing, and nurseries.
Do I need a business license?
You may view a draft of the new regulations here:
After meeting with Planning and Code Enforcement, you may pick up an application for a marijuana business license from the City Clerk. As part of the application, you will be required to submit the following attachments:
In December of 2019, Lewiston’s City Council passed an ordinance pertaining to Adult Use and Medical Marijuana. The purpose of Lewiston’s marijuana ordinance is to protect the public health, safety, and welfare of its residents and visitors by prescribing the manner in which the cultivation and distribution of marijuana can be conducted in the city.
Are there rules about where in town I can open a marijuana business?
Once you have been approved for a marijuana business license, you must obtain any additional required permits. Permits which may be required include, but are not limited to:
WHERE: 27 Pine Street, first floor City Council Chambers
As with other criminal offenses, there are several factors that can increase the penalties for a marijuana cultivation charge. These include:
If you are found cultivating marijuana and are not part of this group, you will be arrested for a serious offense even if you claim it is for medical purposes.
Growers are allowed to have six plants for each patient, and many growers throughout the state are part of the nonprofit trade association called Medical Marijuana Caregivers of Maine which provides constant updates on marijuana law.
Penalties for Marijuana Cultivation in Maine
Over the past couple of decades, marijuana has become the major drug of abuse that is grown within the United States borders, and the Drug Enforcement Administration created the Domestic Cannabis Eradication/Suppression Program to attempt to halt the spread of cannabis cultivation.
Southern Maine, specifically York County, is considered to be the primary cannabis growing area within the state and this area produces “Green Bud” marijuana that sells for $3,000 to $4,000 per pound because of its high quality. The crime of cultivating marijuana is defined in Maine Revised Statute Title §1117 as the intentional growing or cultivating of the cannabis plant.
Since this program was implemented in Maine in 1989, over 130,000 cannabis plants have been confiscated and over 1,200 people have been arrested over a 10-year period. Drug cultivation is a serious charge and can result in felony charges.
Medical Marijuana in Maine
The maximum sentences for this class of crimes are as follows:
Before the passage of Maine’s Medical Marijuana Act, most of the marijuana used in Maine was produced in Canada, Jamaica and primarily Mexico.