What happens if you get caught with marijuana in Maine?
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Marijuana is considered by some experts to be a "gateway drug" that leads to the abuse of more harmful substances, and this is why lawmakers across the nation have created criminal penalties for the drug possession, cultivation, and trafficking of marijuana. Most marijuana possession cases in Maine are civil offenses and are the equivalent of a traffic ticket, but possession of a large amount of marijuana can result in serious penalties.
Penalties for Marijuana Crimes in Maine
Those who are facing marijuana cultivation or trafficking charges have good reason to be concerned. Trafficking marijuana is a Class B felony crime when 20 pounds or more of marijuana is involved, and it is a Class C felony if more than 1 pound is involved. Cultivating 100 or more marijuana plants will also result in a Class C felony, and these charges increase to a Class B felony if more than 500 plants are involved.
Marijuana has been around for a long time, and in recent times many states have legalized the use of marijuana for medical purposes. In order to qualify for a medical marijuana ID card from the Maine Department of Health and Human Services, a patient must have one of the eligible conditions and be approved by a licensed doctor:
- hepatitis C
- Crohn's disease
- Alzheimer's disease
- pain that has not responded to ordinary medical or surgical measures for more than 6 months
- severe nausea
- any other medical condition approved by the Department of Health and Human Services
For more information on medical marijuana in Maine, click here.