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Maine Marijuana Penalties

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Maine Legalization

SUMMARY: Slightly over fifty percent of Maine voters approved Question 1, the Marijuana Legalization Act, which permits adults who are not participating in the state’s medical cannabis program to legally grow (up to six plants, including all of the harvest from those plants, and/or up to 12 immature plants) and to possess personal use quantities of cannabis (up to two and one-half ounces of herbal cannabis) while also licensing commercial cannabis production and retail sales. At present, a state-imposed moratorium exists on the regulation or commercial production, retail sales, or social use establishments.

INFORMATION: http://www.regulatemaine.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/initiative-text.pdf.

Maine Marijuana Law, Regulation, Penalties, Attorneys & Congressman

Offense Penalty Incarceration   Max. Fine  

Possession

2.5 oz or less No penalty None $ 0
More than 2.5 – 8 oz Crime 6 months $ 1,000
More than 8 oz – 1 lb Crime 1 year $ 2,000
More than 1 – 20 lbs Crime 5 years $ 5,000
More than 20 lbs Crime 10 years $ 20,000
Public use of marijuana is a civil infraction punishable by a $100 fine.
Possession of a “usable amount” with proof of a physician’s recommendation is not punishable.

Sale or Distribution

1 lb or less Crime 1 year $ 2,000
More than 1 – less than 20 lbs Crime 5 years $ 5,000
20 lbs or more Crime 10 years $ 20,000
To a minor or within 1000 feet of a school or school bus Crime 5 years $ 5,000

Cultivation

6 plants or less No penalty None $ 0
More than 6 – less than 100 plants Crime 1 year $ 2,000
100 – less than 500 plants Crime 5 years $ 5,000
500 plants or more Crime 10 years $ 20,000

Hash & Concentrates

Up to 5 g No penalty None $ 0
More than 5 g Crime 1 year $ 2,000
Trafficking Crime 5 years $ 5,000
Trafficking (prior conviction, use of minor, other) Crime 10 years $ 20,000

Paraphernalia

Possession of paraphernalia No penalty None $ 0
Sale of paraphernalia Crime 6 months $ 1,000
Sale to a minor younger than 16 years of age Crime 1 year $ 2,000

Miscellaneous

Driver’s license restriction will be imposed for aggravated furnishing any amount of pot or hash.