How to get your cannabis license in your state:

Shape of Maine


Adult Use:
Medical & Adult Use
Market Overview:

The first retail stores for adult-use cannabis opened in Maine in October 2020, nearly four years after voters approved legalization. A medical cannabis program was established in 2009. There are currently 233 adult-use cannabis retail stores licensed in the state, and as of October, those stores had sold more than $114 million worth of the plant in 2022.

Requirements & Application Process:

Plant-touching cannabis workers in Maine are required to obtain an Individual Identification Card


  • A completed application; it is recommended that you submit your application electronically in order to expedite processing.
  • A clear photograph of your face; Photo must be high resolution and have a plain white or off-white background. It is recommended that someone else take your photo on your behalf.
  • Must register at IdentoGO to schedule a fingerprinting appointment.
Background Check Requirements:

A criminal history records check is required in order to obtain your Individual Identification Card. The Office of Marijuana Policy will not issue an Individual Identification Card to any individual with a disqualifying drug offense.

A "disqualifying drug offense" is defined as:

  • A conviction for a violation of a state or federal controlled substance law that is a crime punishable by imprisonment for one year or more, except that "disqualifying drug offense" does not include:
  • An offense for which the sentence, including any term of probation, incarceration or supervised release, was completed five or more years prior to the submission of an application for a license under the new cannabis laws;
  • An offense that consisted of conduct that would be authorized under the new laws or that, if the person convicted of the offense had been acting under the authority of a license pursuant to the laws, would have been authorized under the new legalization laws.
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Requirements by State

Map of the United States

Politics, budgets, and public support vary widely by state, which means each state’s requirements to work in the cannabis industry look completely different from one another.* This map and corresponding state information is not updated in real time. For up-to-the-minute information on requirements to work in cannabis, visit the governing body links provided on each state page.

23States & DistrictsAdult Use
18States & DistrictsMedical