If you are a qualified medical marijuana patient with a valid physician recommendation certificate you can choose a caregiver to grow your medicine by completing a ‘Designation Form’. Caregivers can provide quality medicine at a fraction of the $400+ price per ounce you will find at marijuana dispensaries. Most caregivers charge between $150-$350 per ounce, but you should shop around to find the right cannabis caregiver for you.
1. Do you use chemical, organic, or natural growing techniques?
If the grower uses chemicals, consider the risks. Most organic growers use prepackaged soil, nutrients, insecticides, and fungicides. Natural growers tend to use materials from nature including local forest humus and composts. All plants should be flushed two weeks before harvest to ensure the safety of the medicine you will be ingesting.
2. Where is the marijuana grown: indoor, greenhouse, or outdoor?
Indoor and greenhouse marijuana is usually more potent because the trichomes (crystals) are not washed away by rain, but many long-time marijuana users prefer the flavor of outdoor plants.
3. Which strains do you currently grow and can I request particular strains?
Depending upon your illness, you may benefit from differing amounts of THC, CBD, or other cannabinoids. Your caregiver should be able to provide a strain to meet your medical needs.
4. Do you deliver?
Some caregivers are willing to deliver marijuana to your home for free or for a reasonable fee.
5. How much marijuana can you provide on a weekly or monthly basis?
Your caregiver needs to provide enough medicine for you. Currently patients can possess up to 2.5 ounces. Your caregiver should be able to provide you a perpetual harvest so there will not be a ‘dry spell’. You may also wish to ask if prepared tinctures or edibles are available.
6. May I see where the cannabis is grown?
Most caregivers grow from home so be mindful of their privacy. A caregiver may wish to meet in a public place to see your valid physician certification and discuss your needs before showing you the grow area. You have every right to view the grow room or outdoor space where your medicine will be grown to be sure conditions are clean and sanitary. If plants are crowded, pests and fungus may be a problem. If light is inadequate, plants may not be potent or may not yield enough for your needs. Each caregiver can grow for up to a maximum of 5 patients so if there are hundreds of plants, the caregiver is breaking state law.
Maine Legislature State Statutes Title 22, Chapter 558-C: Medical Use of Marijuana Act