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Sale of more than 1 – less than 20 lbs. to a minor or within 1,000 feet of a school or school bus or combined with a prior conviction for a similar crime, use of a firearm or use of a minor is a Class B crime punishable by a maximum sentence of 10 years imprisonment with a two year mandatory minimum term of imprisonment and a maximum fine of $10,000.

Possession of over 20 lbs. is a Class B crime punishable by a maximum sentence of 10 years imprisonment and a maximum fine of $20,000.

Hash & Concentrates

Possession of between 2.5-8 oz. is a Class E crime punishable by a maximum sentence of six months imprisonment and a maximum fine of $1,000.

Cultivation

The sale of paraphernalia is a person at least 16 years old is A Class E crime misdemeanor punishable by a maximum sentence of 6 months imprisonment and a maximum fine of $1,000.

“From then on, treat it like any other vegetable or flower you’d plant in your garden,” Eccelston said. “If it’s a bit cool outside, bring them in a night for the first several days to harden them off.”

He recommends getting a smartphone attachment that turns the device into a magnifier. He also suggested going online to look at the myriad of videos people have produced showing the growing process.

“It really is the bible for growers,” Rusnack said. “I have one in every room of my growing facility.”

Instead of seeds, send in the clones

Rusnack and Eccelston both recommend growers get a copy of “Marijuana Horticulture: The Indoor-Outdoor Medical Grower’s Bible” and keep it handy at all times.

But now that it is legal to grow your own in Maine, how do you get started and not go overboard?

Lights, air, water, action!

All outdoor plants must not be visible other than from the air or by binoculars and all plants must be tagged with the owner’s driver’s license or other identification number.

Marijuana does grow from seeds, but Eccelston said they can be difficult and expensive to obtain.