1. Is it legal for me to use marijuana?
In Maine, qualified patients can legally use cannabis (marijuana) as medicine under a doctor’s supervision. Cannabis remains illegal under federal law.
2. What are the qualifying conditions?
Maine residents with at least one of the following debilitating medical conditions may ask their doctor for a recommendation for medical use of cannabis:
- Positive status for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)
- Hepatitis C
- ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis)
- Crohn’s disease
- Agitation of Alzheimer’s disease
- Nail-patella syndrome
- Intractable pain, or a chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition or its treatment that produces cachexia, severe nausea, seizures (such as those characteristic of epilepsy) or severe and persistent muscle spasms (such as those characteristic of multiple sclerosis)
- Chronic pain that has not responded to traditional treatments for 6 months or more.
3. What can medical marijuana do for me?
Cannabis is a natural alternative to opioid painkillers. It can improve digestive motility, calm muscle spasms, stimulate appetite, lift depression, and more—safely and non-synthetically. Unlike other drugs (even aspirin), there is no lethal dose of cannabis.
“For many patients, medical cannabis provides a safe, natural path away from addictive drugs. Rather than being a gateway to drug abuse, medical cannabis can offer a gateway OUT of addiction.” Becky DeKeuster, Executive Director
4. If I use marijuana, will I be able to go through my day?
Yes. WCM offers strains that are rich in CBDs–compounds that combat symptoms without causing psychoactive effects (the “high” that many folks find uncomfortable). Your WCM staff will be happy to assist you in finding the type of cannabis, and the delivery method, that work best for your needs.
5. How do I get a certification for medical marijuana?
In Maine, any M.D. or D.O. can recommend cannabis for qualifying patients. Once your doctor has provided a certification, you can designate a dispensary to provide your medicine by completing a simple form at the dispensary site.
6. Do I have to smoke to use medical marijuana?
Wellness Connection of Maine offers many options to the non-smoker. Our trained staff will teach you about the benefits of edibles, topicals, and vaporizing, and help you find the best fit for your needs. Always use the smallest amount to provide the relief you need–your proper dosage will depend on factors such as delivery method and individual metabolism.
7. Does Wellness Connection of Maine have organic certification?
Wellness Connection of Maine does not use organic methods of growing our medicine, as there is currently no USDA process for organic certification of cannabis at this time. If anyone offers you “organic” cannabis, please know that this term currently cannot apply to indoor-cultivated cannabis.
State law requires that we cultivate all of our own medicine. Our goal is to produce safe and high-quality medicine while minimizing our impact on the environment. We are working actively with state environmental engineers to assess and further minimize our environmental footprint.
8. I’m afraid to talk to my doctor about this. What do I do?
Have an honest, informed talk with your doctor about why you are interested in trying medical cannabis! If s/he is reluctant, find out why. Many doctors are concerned that cannabis doesn’t fall neatly into the traditional pill-based dosing regimen. Some might not be aware of the many studies demonstrating that cannabis has medical efficacy.
9. How can I access my medicine?
By law, medical cannabis users are allowed to access their medicine from several sources. They can:
- Grow up to 6 cannabis plants on their own; or
- Designate a caregiver to grow 6 cannabis plants for them; or
- Designate a dispensary to grow up to 6 cannabis plants for them.
Maine State law allows medical cannabis users who choose to grow fewer plants to designate a dispensary to grow the rest of them, to ensure access to a source of medicine until their plants are mature. The total number of mature, flowering plants can never exceed 6. Residents who grow their own may have an additional number of plants in other stages of growth (seedlings or starts) to ensure their next generation.
10. How much medicine can I have access to each month?
By law, medical cannabis users can have access to five (5) ounces of prepared cannabis per month, to be dispensed in 2.5 ounce increments every 15 days. That means that qualified residents can possess & transport up to 2.5 oz. of medicine at any given time.
11. Why should I use a dispensary?
Dispensaries offer a safe, private and welcoming environment and a consistent supply of quality medicine. We are state-licensed and are held to rigorous standards for security, quality, and inventory control. Wellness Connection of Maine also offers educational and wellness services at no additional cost, and we support local charities and other non-profits who share our values.
12. What is a dispensary?
Wellness Connection of Maine’s dispensaries are inviting, safe, clean and accessible healing centers that combine the best features of a pharmacy, social service agency, community center and wellness practice in one convenient location. It is a place where you can confidently purchase quality, safe medicine from friendly people who care about you, in a form that suits your needs and at reasonable prices.
13. Who can come to a dispensary?
Only qualified users and their caretakers are allowed into the dispensary. No one under the age of 18 is allowed into the dispensary under any circumstances. The only exception is underage patients during their first intake appointment with their guardians/parents.
14. What documents should I bring to a dispensary?
Wellness Connection of Maine is licensed by the state to provide consistent, safe access to medical cannabis to qualified Maine residents. We know that you have other choices to access your medicine, and we are grateful for the opportunity to serve you. Since we’re overseen by the state, we are bound by law to strictly uphold the letter and intention of Maine’s law.
Every time you come to the dispensary to purchase medicine or use our other services, you must show your:
- Valid Maine State ID (Driver’s License or State Photo ID)
- Valid, current proof that you are a Maine medical cannabis patient, either:
- Original, tamper-proof Physician’s Certification; or
- DHHS issued Medical Cannabis Program card
We do not accept other forms of ID (such as cards issued from doctor’s offices, other photo IDS, passports, etc. …) By law, if you do not have the proper ID, we must turn you away. Avoid disappointment and come prepared!
15. What type of medicine can I purchase during a visit?
Wellness Connection of Maine knows that one person’s preferred way of taking their medicine might not suit another. We provide cannabis in a variety of strains, and in a number of preparations, including smokeable flower, and cannabis tinctures. This range allows our clients to choose which methods work best for them. We also offer a variety of tools and accessories to help you administer your medicine and books and magazines of interest.
16. I live on a very fixed income. What if I cannot afford my medicine?
Wellness Connection of Maine has a price structure aimed towards making wellness services and medicine affordable for all of its members. Ask more about our Veterans and Low Income preferred rates.
Contact us with any other questions.