In order to cater to visitors from other states with recognized medical marijuana programs, the state changed the rules in 2018 to accept out-of-state medical cards.
In 2018, the Maine legislature passed a bill that would allow “visiting qualifying patients” to access medical marijuana from the state’s registered caregivers and dispensaries. It was part of the first major update to the state’s medical program in nearly a decade.
Under the new provisions, a visiting qualifying patient is defined as “a patient means a patient who is authorized for the medical use of marijuana in this State … and who is not a resident of the State or who has been a resident of the State less than 30 days.”
A visiting qualifying patient from a state with an authorized medical marijuana program may obtain marijuana from a registered caregiver or dispensary if he or she possesses a valid written certification from his or her medical provider, a valid medical marijuana certification from a valid state program, and photo identification. With all of that valid information, the visitor may access the Maine medical marijuana market.