Marijuana Resources

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.


Recent Updates

October 26, 2021 - Updated Cheat Sheet & new Medical Marijuana Activity Flow Chart Available to Members

An updated Cheat Sheet for Maine's Marijuana Laws is now available as part of MMA's Adult Use Marijuana and Medical Marijuana Information Packet(s). Member login is required.

New Flow Chart: Authorized Medical Marijuana Activity is also available as part of MMA's Medical Marijuana Information Packet .

November 22, 2019 - New Video: Maine's Marijuana Laws: Municipal Opt-In (username and password required)

October 30, 2019

Sample Marijuana Home Cultivation Ordinance
Maine’s Adult Use Marijuana Law allows municipalities to limit the total number of adult use marijuana plants that can be grown for personal use on a single parcel. MMA’s Legal Services has developed a sample ordinance for member municipalities wanting to do soJune 28, 2019 – Status of Municipal Revenue Legislation, Opt-In Communities, and State Rules2020 Legislative ForecastImportance of LD 335 - "An Act To Require the State To Distribute 25 Percent of Adult Use Marijuana Retail Sales and Excise Tax Revenue to Generating Municipalities"Often Used Terms Legalization Timeline

August 27, 2019 - 8/21 Workshop Presentations and Materials:

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

“Hemp & CBD Revisited” August, 2019 (username and password required)

“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

Video: Maine's Marijuana Laws: Municipal Opt-In (username and password required)

Opt In Municipalities

Latest List Of Municipalities Known To Have Authorized Adult Use Businesses (Maine OMP)


State Resources

OMP Maine Medical Use of Marijuana Program (MMMP) Rulemaking

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

October 29, 2020 - Marijuana Legal Update Presentation - MMA

October 29, 2020 - Marijuana Legal Update Presentation - Webinar Video

 August 21, 2019 - Workshop Presentations: MMA Marijuana Legal Update | OMP Update and What’s Next for Legalized Marijuana in Maine


Media Coverage

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.

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.

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)

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