CBD In Maine
2022 Complete Buyers Guide
ME CBD 2022 Update
Maine’s hemp and CBD laws have been evolving at breakneck speed over the past few years. Consumers and farmers alike are feeling whiplashed by the constant changes, especially to laws related to the use of CBD in foods and beverages. Things have finally settled down as the Pine Tree State moves toward becoming a hemp farm state.
Now, 2022 is an exciting year for the CBD industry in Maine. While anyone in the state can legally buy hemp-derived CBD products, the U.S. FDA continues to drag its feet on setting up CBD regulations. CBD gained in popularity again in 2021. Pharma and cosmetics companies began taking more interest in developing CBD-derived products for both medicinal and supplemental use.
CBD can now be found at local stores in a vast array of oils, tinctures, concentrate, capsules, topical solutions, lip balms, lotions, and edibles of all ilk.
All totaled, about $3.5 billion was spent on CBD products last year.
What about Delta-8 THC
A great example of the mind-bending evolution of the CBD market is a relatively new product called delta-8 THC. Prior to 2021, few people had ever heard of delta-8 THC. This is essentially a cannabinoid that is similar to the familiar buzz-inducing delta-9 THC except that it’s produced directly from hemp CBD rather than from marijuana. Delta-8 is less intoxicating and less likely to cause feelings of paranoia than the THC found in marijuana. Nonetheless, it does have some intoxicating properties.
Because it’s a form of tetrahydrocannabinol that has mild psychotropic effects, Delta-8 falls into a gray area of CBD laws. Several U.S. states don’t seem to be too concerned with D8, some have regulated or banned it and lawmakers in some other states are looking into doing the same.
A bunch of states have regulated, restricted, or banned delta-8 including Arizona, California, Colorado, New York, and Michigan. Furthermore, states such as Illinois and Oregon are reviewing their delta-8 rules. And a delta-8 ban in Texas was lifted after a judge temporarily blocked the state from classifying it as a controlled substance.
Still, more than half of U.S. states allow the sale of D8 outside of marijuana dispensaries including Nevada, Ohio, Florida, Virginia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Massachusetts.
Is delta 8 THC legal in Maine
Yes, the state has legalized all hemp derivatives, including Delta-8-THC, CBN, and THC-O. The state also passed legislation to clarify the differences between hemp and marijuana products, making Delta-8 legal in the state.
Maine hemp and CBD laws FAQ | 2022
Is hemp CBD oil legal in Maine?
Yes, CBD is 100 percent legal in Maine in 2021. There are no age restrictions and no possession limits.
Can ME doctors prescribe CBD oil to their patients?
No, doctors in Maine cannot prescribe CBD oil to their patients. There is one exception: a pharmaceutical drug called Epidiolex which contains essentially purified CBD has been approved by the FDA to treat certain cases of intractable childhood epilepsy.
Doctors can, however, recommend CBD oil to their patients if they believe that it can help improve their medical condition. Though CBD products are not covered by health insurance in Maine.
What medical conditions are being treated with CBD in Maine?
CBD is being used to treat a wide array of additional medical conditions. Health conditions being treated with CBD:
- Alzheimer’s Disease
- Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
- Autoimmune Diseases
- Colitis & Crohn’s Disease
- Endocrine Disorders
- Epilepsy & Seizures
- Hair Loss
- Heart Disease
- HIV & AIDS
- Huntington’s Disease (HD)
- Kidney Disease
- Liver Disease
- Mood Disorders
- Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
- Osteoporosis/Bone Health
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Sickle Cell Anemia
- Skin Conditions
- Sleep Disorders
Where Can I Buy CBD online?
Purchase any type of CBD products online and have them shipped to your doorstep. This includes hemp flower for smoking and cooking.
Which hemp and CBD products are legal in Maine?
All CBD products are legal in Maine with no exceptions. This includes smokable dried hemp flower, edibles, and vape oil which are illegal in some other states.
Here’s a list of some of the hemp CBD products available:
Can I legally grow hemp in Maine?
Under Maine’s cannabis laws, residents are permitted to grow three cannabis plants on their property. This includes marijuana and hemp.
If you want to grow more than that you’ll need a license from the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry.
License applications are available now and must be completed before April 1, 2020.
The application fee is $100. And if a license is granted applicants must pay a $500 licensing fee plus an additional fee of $100 per acre.
We have included information on how to get a hemp license in Maine at the end of this article.
Licensed hemp farmers are required to submit crop samples for testing to assure that their crop falls below the 0.3 percent limit of THC.
Keep in mind, however, that Maine farmers are still struggling with issues such as banks and insurance companies not wanting to do business until the feds finalize their hemp and CBD laws.
Can I sell CBD in Maine?
Yes, there are no laws governing the retail sales of CBD in Maine.
One particular snag you need to be aware of is that foods containing CBD sold in restaurants must be accompanied by a conspicuous label or sign indicating that the product contains CBD, either on the menu or in an open manner where the food order or food product is served.
Furthermore, any establishment that is offering CBD-infused foods must have information available to customers listing the contents of all unpackaged Hemp-CBD products.
Furthermore, all CBD products sold in Maine must meet these labeling standards:
- Labels must include the ingredients, the amount of CBD by weight, and the name, address, and zip code of the manufacturer.
- Labels may not include any health claims.
- Food products containing CBD sold in restaurants have the amount of CBD in the dish listed on the menu.
If you have any questions you would like us to answer about hemp and CBD laws in Maine or another state feel free to contact us
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Learn more about Maine hemp and CBD laws
- Maine Industrial Hemp Program page
- Maine Temporary Hemp Regulations
- Maine Hemp Laws
- Chapter 274: Rules for Growing Hemp (PDF)
- 2020 Application to Grow Hemp Outdoors (PDF)
- 2020 Hemp Indoor Growing Application (PDF)
- FAQ (PDF)
- Public Law, Chapter 320 as Enacted here (PDF file 12k)
- Vote Hemp – Maine hemp laws
- Hemp Industry Daily – Maine orders CBD edibles removed from retail stores Feb. 2019
- Hemp Industry Daily – Maine authorizes CBD foods after unpopular crackdown Mar. 2019
- Hemp Industry Daily – Maine nudges USDA on hemp rules, says states ‘unfairly restricted’ without them 10/2019
- Portland Press Herald – Out-of-state hemp now allowed in Maine CBD market Oct. 2019
- Maine Public Radio – Farmers, Researchers Look To Grow Maine’s Fledgling Hemp Industry 10/19
- Bangor Daily News – Maine needs a consistent policy on hemp and CBD Aug 2019
- Bangor Daily News – Maine official apologizes for confusion after ordering CBD edibles removed from stores Apr. 2018
- WGME – It’s legal to grow hemp in Maine. But try getting a loan for it. Oct. 2019
- WGME – Maine’s hemp farmers want to grow their biz, but rules loom Jan 2020
- Cannalaw – Hemp-CBD Across State Lines: Maine Oct. 2019