Frequently Asked Questions about Medical Marijuana

Why Medical Marijuana?

Marijuana has been used medicinally for thousands of years by many different cultures for a variety of medical conditions. Medical marijuana works through the body’s natural endocannabinoid system to foster health and healing. Medical marijuana can assist the body in healing from injuries, reducing pain, relaxing and balancing brain function, and coordinating the nervous system. Medical marijuana is generally safe with potential side effects that are mild and usually easy to overcome with dosage adjustments. Medical marijuana has no known risk of fatal overdose, can substitute for more potentially harmful medications, and has generally mild withdrawal symptoms if discontinued. Medical marijuana has been known to reduce pain, improve mood, decrease anxiety, and improve sleep. Medical marijuana can be dosed in many different ways including vaporizing, smoking, oral tinctures, edible food products, topical preparations, and in capsule form.

Understanding Qualifying Conditions

Maine State Law requires that a patient have a specific qualifying “debilitating medical condition” in order to receive medical marijuana.  These qualifying conditions are specifically outlined in Maine State Law. You must have one of the following conditions to qualify for medical marijuana:

  • Agitation related to
  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, Lou Gehrig’s disease)
  • Cachexia or wastingsyndrome
  • Cancer
  • Chronic, intractable pain (has not responded to ordinary medical or surgical measures more than 6 months)
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Glaucoma
  • Hepatitis C (active form)
  • HIV or AIDS
  • Severe nausea
  • Nail-Patella Syndrome
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Severe and persistent muscle spasms including those characteristic of Multiple Sclerosis
  • Seizures including epilepsy

How do I obtain medical marijuana certification?

Every patient must have an initial medical evaluation lasting about 45 to 60 minutes.

You need to bring a Maine state picture ID to your appointment

If you are seeking recertification, you should bring your previous medical marijuana card to your appointment

Documentation of a qualifying medical condition is required which can be obtained from records from your other medical providers

If you qualify for medical marijuana, you will receive tamper-resistant Maine state certification cards allowing you to acquire and use medical marijuana legally in Maine

Do I need a referral?

No, a referral is not necessary but it is helpful to gather records documenting your qualifying condition

Will insurance cover the cost of my visit?

No, Kind Wellness does NOT accept any traditional medical insurance plans

How much does medical marijuana certification cost?

Our fee is $99 which includes:

  • the cost of your doctor evaluation
  • your medical marijuana certification card
  • a free follow-up visit within 6 months