The Complete Guide to Getting your Medical Marijuana Card in Maine
Updated: Apr 3
Commonly referred to as a "med card", we explain the difference between "medicinal" and "recreational" dispensaries in Maine and why having your med card in Maine is the way to go. I mean, doesn't everyone enjoy a quality product with quality service all while saving money?
Being a Gen X'er, buying weed in a store is like a dream come true. However, I didn't embrace it so easily at first. I didn't understand why I needed a "med card" if I could just get weed from my friend? Then my friend opened a medical marijuana dispensary.
Having the ability to shop at a marijuana dispensary opened up a whole new world to me about how using marijuana had evolved. It was no longer just for getting high. It was now being used for its significant and broad healing properties. Having suffered from anxiety from past trauma and arthritis from several knee surgeries, I was interested to see if the powerful healing qualities of marijuana could help me. I quickly learned that certain strains of flower (they called it "flower" now???) could be used to calm me down and that I could get a salve to rub on my knees to help with the inflammation. WHAT??? Exactly.
Also, suffering from asthma and allergies it was nice to find out that I don't have to smoke weed to enjoy the benefits of marijuana. Ya, they have this whole thing called edibles (think everything you could possibly imagine - from cooking oil to chocolate bars) where you can eat your medicine and actually like it. But we'll save that for another blog.
Follow my drift? But I still refused to get my med card. Being frugal I couldn't justify spending whatever it cost until I tried to find edibles on my own. They were becoming increasingly hard to find. Everyone I knew making them seemed to be going the retail route. I just couldn't get my little paws on these things quite as easily as I once could. The same thing started happening with flower. I started to feel antiquated. So, I threw in the towel and decided to finally get my med card.
I thought getting a med card was going to be a long pain in the.. you know what process. I was beyond thrilled when I discovered it took less than 15 minutes. I got a temporary med card emailed to me that day. I'm going to break it down for you in 3 easy steps.
Why Shop at a Medical Marijuana Dispensary
Where do you start? What is a dab? Do they call it flower now? I know how overwhelming it is and that's why medical marijuana dispensaries exist. To get the one-on-one time and attention you need when addressing your personal health and wellness. If you need more convincing, read the host of other reasons to get your med card and shop medicinal.
Common Perks at Medical Marijuana Dispensaries:
Specialized customer service. You are a patient, not just a customer.
Quality of product and a selection that serves a variety of ailments.
Receive products with dosages. Whether it's flower or edible, they come in all shapes and sizes now. Ask your budtender where you should start based on your specific needs (Ex: sleep, arthritis, headaches, etc.).
You can buy products that don't get you "high". CBD is another part of the plant that helps with all sorts of things but doesn't get you feeling high. Many #medicalmarijuanadispensaries carry a wide variety of CBD.
Loyalty programs and deals beyond, deals beyond, deals.
Ready to start shopping? Now you just need to get your med card. It unlocks the door to every medical marijuana dispensary in the state and SOMETIMES it is valid in other states.
Get your Maine Medicinal Marijuana Program card in 3 Easy Steps!
We at Northern Belle Holistic are so passionate about medicinal marijuana that we have partnered with Leafwell to make getting your med card convenient and affordable. Note: You must be 18 years of age in the state of Maine to be eligible for a med card.
Here's how you do it:
Register at Leafwell.com and speak with a licensed physician via virtual consultation.
Get approved and download a PDF of your doctor's recommendation.
Get the official certificate in the mail in 3 - 6 days.
The process took me less than 15 minutes. In some cases, you may need to provide proof of a diagnosis and/or prescription. This only helps you. The doctors that certify patients want to get you the help and holistic medicine you need. Bonus: after your virtual consultation, you receive a temporary card via email that you can use immediately until you receive your actual card in the mail. You will need to bring the email into the dispensary as proof that you do have a med card.
We get it, you're busy. Another bonus, you can now schedule your virtual consultation at a time that's more convenient for you. Again, designed to be made easy for you.
What's it cost? For a limited time, Northern Belle Holistic and Leafwell are happy to offer med cards for only $39 (regularly $49) before the price goes up on May 1st. Scan the code above to get started. See, saving money already. And trust me, once you start shopping at a medical marijuana dispensary, you will quickly see how fast you recouped your initial investment.
It gets better. Upon approval, receive 20% OFF your first $50 purchase or more at Northern Belle Holistic.
Why Shop at Northern Belle Holistic?
Because we are your neighborhood apothecary. Think mom and pops. Think warm and welcoming. Not to mention we offer deals almost daily. AND, if you get your med card before April 19th, you'll be able to shop our dispensary on the biggest and best day of the year, 420!!!
Example of weekly deals.
That's right, 420. Northern Belle Holistic takes #420 very seriously. BOGO's, giveaways, special deals from our vendors, and more! We are conveniently located on the Bath Rd. in Brunswick just outside Cook's Corner.