This resource area is for informational purposes. It is not meant, nor should it be relied upon, as legal advice in any particular situation. The information herein is not a substitute for consultation with legal counsel or other specific guidance on the subject. The documents, media reports and statutes are only current as of the dates of publication.
June 28, 2019 – Status of Municipal Revenue Legislation, Opt-In Communities, and State Rules
April 1, 2019 - New Law for CBD Sales and Updated MMA Cheat Sheet
On March 27, 2019, Governor Mills signed into law LD 630, emergency legislation intended to allow the production and sale of food additives and food products containing hemp-derived cannabidiol (CBD) in Maine.
MMA’s Legal Services has updated its Marijuana Statutes Cheat Sheet to reflect the current status of the state’s hemp laws. You can find an updated copy
December 13, 2018 - Medical Marijuana Amendments are Now In Effect
August 22, 2018 – Effective Date of New Medical Marijuana Laws
Maine Town & City articles and Legal Notes
“Marijuana: Opting In Includes Local Options,” May, 2019 (username and password required)
“Marijuana & Impact Fees,” March, 2019 (member username and password required)
"The Law on Hemp and CBD," February, 2019 (member username and password required)
"Adult-use marijuana: Common questions answered" August-September, 2018
"Legislature answers calls to clarify marijuana laws" July, 2018
"Adult Use Marijuana & Local Control." June, 2018 (member username and password required)
"Statewide Marijuana Moratorium Expires." February, 2018
MMA Legal Services Department Resources (member username and password required)
Medical Marijuana Information Packet
Adult Use Marijuana Information Packet
Maine Marijuana Law Cheat Sheet
Maine Office of Marijuana Policy website
Medical Marijuana Rules Effective May 10, 2018
(note: some aspects overruled by Legislature via LD 1539, the bill comprehensively amending Maine’s Medical Use of Marijuana Act, enacted July 9, 2018 with an effective date scheduled 90 days following final adjournment of 128th Legislature’s second special session).
Recreational Marijuana in Maine – State Legislature
Medical Marijuana in Maine – State Legislature
Adult Use Marijuana Law (28-B M.R.S. §§ 101-1504)
Maine Medical Use of Marijuana Act (22 M.R.S. §§ 2421-2430-H)
Industrial hemp statute (7 M.R.S. §2231)
Ordinances and Local Guidance
The following ordinances and other pieces of information are posted at the request of member municipalities and are intended only as examples for your reference. They are not to be relied upon as legal advice for your municipality from MMA. Consultation with legal counsel is recommended prior to taking any actions to address the unique situations in your community.
Acton Marijuana Ordinance – Adopted July 17, 2018
Information Posted and Ordinances Adopted Prior To Current Law:
Acton Commercial Marijuana Committee Final Report – January 26, 2018 – Volume 1 , Volume 2
Houlton Recreational Marijuana Ordinance, Voided by citizen initiative November 8, 2017.
Houlton Odor Mitigation Ordinance
Lamoine Ordinance (Based on MMA Model)
The Town of Rockport recently had a public forum on this subject. View video
Summary of the Marijuana Legalization Act (City of Hallowell)
Sections of MLA Most Relevant to Municipalities (City of Hallowell)
Events & Training
August 21, 2019 - MMA's Legal Update on Recreational Marijuana Workshop
Bangor Daily News
Kennebec Journal / Press Herald
Note: State and Federal marijuana laws have changed drastically over the last several years. Although accurate at the time they were developed, many of the archived resources in this section do not reflect current status of the law.
May 21, 2019 - Marijuana Rulemaking Hearing and Comments:
The Maine Office of Marijuana Policy has released its draft rule (linked below) to establish a regulatory framework for non-medical, a.k.a. adult use or recreational, marijuana business operations in Maine. The rule covers tracking plants and products, enforcement and compliance, health and safety data, labeling and packaging, and licensing and fees. Public comments will be accepted until 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 2. Draft rule and Public feedback (until 6/2/19, 5 p.m.)
February 19, 2019 - Maine Marijuana Statute Cheat Sheet
MMA Legal Services Department has developed a one-page “cheat sheet” outlining key points of Maine’s hemp, adult use, and medical marijuana laws as they relate to municipalities. Check it out here.
October 4, 2018 - MMA Convention Session: "Cutting Through the Haze: New Marijuana Laws and Real World Examples," MMA Staff Attorney Rebecca McMahon and Legislative Advocate Garrett Corbin provided a brief overview of recent changes to Maine’s medical and non-medical marijuana laws, and two municipal officials described their regulatory efforts.
August 16, 2018 - MMA Legal Services’ Updated Sample Moratorium Ordinance Regarding Medical Marijuana Retail Stores (login required).
July 18, 2018 - MMA Legal Update on New Laws on Medical Marijuana Retail Stores
July 10, 2018 - MMA/Bernstein Shur "Legal Update on Recreational Marijuana" Workshop Presentations in Bangor
July 10, 2018 - Two New Laws Recognize Home Rule Authority to Regulate Medical Marijuana Operations
June, 2018 - MMA Legal Information Packet on Adult Use Marijuana Act (password required)
May 3, 2018 – Legal Update Regarding New Non-Medical Marijuana Law
May 3, 2018 - Legislative Update Regarding Enactment of New Non-Medical Marijuana Law
May 2, 2018 - An Act To Implement a Regulatory Structure for Adult Use Marijuana (Now Effective)
February, 2018 – MMA Legal Note, "Statewide Marijuana Moratorium Expires."
November 15, 2017 - MMA Marijuana Legislation and Law Presentations
Garrett Corbin Presentation - Powerpoint | PDF
Rebecca McMahon Presentation - Powerpoint | PDF
October 25, 2017 - Update Regarding the Recent Special Session of the Legislature
October 20, 2017 – Action Alert Regarding Recreational Marijuana Legislation | Latest version of the bill
September 26, 2017 – Legislature Public Hearing on LR 2395
Testimony of the Maine Municipal Association In Support of LR 2395 - "An Act To Amend The Marijuana Legalization Act"
All testimony given at the public hearing on LR 2395, An Act to Amend the Marijuana Legalization Act, can be accessed here.
LR 2395 - “An Act To Amend the Marijuana Legalization Act”
August-September 2017 Maine Townsman Article - "Marijuana committee working towards implementation"
September 13, 2017 Notice to Municipal Officials
February 28, 2017 - Recreational Marijuana Presentation - Edward “Ted” Kelleher, Esq., and Amy Tchao, Esq., of Drummond Woodsum
February, 2017 – MMA Legal Note, “Parts of Marijuana Law Delayed Until Feb. 2018.”
January, 2017 – MMA Legal Note, “Moratoriums on Marijuana.”
PL 2017, ch. 1 (Emergency legislation enacted 1/27/17 amending initiated law)
December, 2016 – MMA Legal Note, “Legal Marijuana and Municipalities.”
Recreational Marijuana ballot initiative enacted by voters November 2016 (from Maine Secretary of State’s website)