With the Maine Medical Marijuana Act getting approved in 2009, Maine became the fifth US state where medical marijuana stores were opened to facilitate registered medical marijuana patients within the state.
Already being a state where medical marijuana was legal, the state decriminalized possession of up to 2.5 ounces of cannabis for its adult residents. This step allowed Maine to get a respectable and credible status among US states where cannabis possession is allowed.
But when it comes to gun possession while having a medical marijuana card, the state is under the direct influence of federal law. It means that having a Maine medical marijuana card and a firearm license in Maine is illegal.
According to the federal Gun Control Act of 1968, âanyone who is an illegal user or is addicted to any controlled drug is as a result barred from the possession of a weaponâ. This law is at it is stated in the Maine Law (15 M.R.S.A. Â§393 (G)).
Taking My Gun To a Dispensary in Maine: Is It a Good Idea?
As per state law, both open and concealed carry are allowed in Maine without a permit. You must be 18 years or older to legally carry a weapon or apply for a CCH (Maine permit to Carry a Concealed Handgun). But, following are some areas where carrying a weapon is not allowed,
- State Capitol area
- Establishments are licensed for on-premises consumption of liquor if the establishment has posted signs banning guns on their premises. Even with no posted prohibition, carrying a weapon on the premises while under the influence of liquor or drugs is illegal.
- Labor disputes and strikes
- Any hotel, lodging house, or campground when prohibited by the owner
- Wildlife sanctuaries
- Baxter State Park (As per the park rules)
- Private property, if forbidden by the property owner
- Allagash Wilderness Waterway (As per the park rules)
- Any location where carrying a firearm is forbidden by federal law/state law
Consuming CBD Products and Owning a Gun in Maine
As per state law, consuming CBD products (less than 0.3% THC content) is legal in Maine, even if you donât have a mmj card. This is also one of the reasons why the marijuana laws imposed by the state of Maine are considered liberating to quite some extent.
So, as long as youâre following the regulations set by the state and consuming CBD products having less than 0.3% THC, you have the right to own a gun at the same time.
The marijuana laws in Maine are quite progressive and the state is often commended regarding its stance on the availability and widespread distribution of serialized cannabis within the state.
However, the state still needs to reconsider its approach regarding gun possession for a registered medical marijuana patient. Many other states having an active medical marijuana program do offer legal protection to their registered medical marijuana users regarding firearms ownership.