Medical Cannabis, MMJ, or Marijuana Recommendations
The website below will assist residents of CALIFORNIA in acquiring their medical cannabis recommendations. Residents of MAINE scroll down.
** MAINE ** - Maine Medical Cannabis Certification Services Recommended by Kat Smiles:
Affordable and helpful, the team at MMJ Physician Services is comprised of skilled professionals, including Dr. James Li, who serve our community by helping qualified Maine patients receive medical certification allowing them to access and use medical cannabis to control their symptoms and conditions. Qualified patients can take comfort knowing they are being examined on a personal and professional level by a skilled and board-certified physician, with over 20 years of clinical practice experience in general and critical care medicine; certification comprises only a fraction of his practice. More importantly, low income patients, and those who are disabled and with limited mobility, will find the overall visit costs and ease of care refreshing and reasonable when compared to the average financial expectations of similar offices.
MMJ Physician Services
Main phone: (800) 563-1531
Alt phone: (207) 380-0213
Fax: (207) 517-0547
Address (not for mailing):
49 Main Street
Damariscotta, ME 04543
PO Box 24
Friendship, ME 04547
Enacted in 2009, Maine state law legalizes marijuana use for Maine residents who are properly certified by a physician.
In order to be certified, a prospective patient must meet these qualifications:
Be a Maine resident
Possess a Maine driver's license or state photo identification card
Have one of the qualifying medical conditions or symptoms from the list below
As of October 2013, any of the following medical conditions or symptoms are accepted by the state:
Pain (though patients must demonstrate that the pain is chronic and has not responded to ordinary medical or surgical measures for more than 6 months)
Severe muscle spasms
Wasting syndromes (severe weight loss, also known as cachexia)
Inflammatory bowel disease (such as Crohn's or ulcerative colitis)
HIV or AIDS
ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease)
Nail patella syndrome (a rare birth defect)
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
For minors (patients under 18 years):
MMJ Physician Services currently does not certify minors, though they are willing to consider cases on an exceptional basis (e.g., end-stage cancer). In addition to all the requirements above, the state has very strict requirements for minor certification, including independent evaluation by two physicians and a notarized affidavit signed by both parents.
For patients with any type of mental illness (depression, anxiety, insomnia, PTSD):
Except for PTSD, Maine law currently does not consider any mental conditions sufficient for qualification.
*** A Larger Range of Conditions May Apply At This Time ! ! !
Many Maine patients qualify by having pain that is insufficiently relieved by other medical treatments for over six months. The types of disorders qualifying under the pain category include such things as arthritis, headaches, prior trauma, fibromyalgia, and the like. For such patients to be certified, this history of pain must be verifiable through prior medical records.
Prospective patients may be reassured that MMJPS services are absolutely confidential. Patient information, medical history, clinic visits, and any communications are kept private. Maine privacy laws regarding medical marijuana certification and use are both patient-oriented and progressive. Accordingly, patient records are never released to the state or medical facilities outside the clinic (unless the patient specifically tells us to do so).