On November 8, 2016 Maine voters approved Question 1 and joined eight other states to have legalized the recreational use, retail sale and taxation of marijuana. On January 27, 2017, the legislature placed a moratorium on certain parts of the law regarding retail sales and taxation until February 2018, while a 17-member legislative committee worked to overhaul the Marijuana Legalization Act.
The moratorium expired on February 1, 2018 after a legislative effort to pass a short-term extension was unsuccessful. However, retail sales are unable to take place until the Department of Administrative and Financial Services (DAFS) completes rulemaking and those rules are approved by the 129th Legislature.
In February 2019, DAFS created the Office of Marijuana Policy (OMP) to oversee all aspects of legalized marijuana. Individuals interested in staying apprised the work of OMP may wish to complete the form on our Stay Connected page. The Office is currently in the process of drafting, in concert with their hired cannabis consultants, the rules that will establish govern a recreational program.
Regardless of these changes to Maine law, marijuana is still illegal at the federal level. Mainers should educate themselves about the potential consequences of recreational use of marijuana.