›› Maine: Drug
Marijuana, which is both grown locally and imported from Canada, Massachusetts,
and New York, remains the principal drug of abuse in Maine. Methamphetamine,
although not yet a significant problem, has considerable potential for production
and distribution in Maine.
Cocaine is encountered throughout the state in fractional ounce to kilogram
quantities. Crack cocaine is growing in popularity in southern and central Maine communities.
The availability of heroin in Maine continues to increase. Abuse has increased,
particularly among younger teenagers. While use is more prevalent in southern
communities, it is encountered in coastal and Canadian border communities,
and it has spread into rural and remote areas.
Although found throughout the state, methamphetamine has yet to become a significant
problem in Maine.
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Law-enforcement officials in the southern portion of Maine have noticed a small
increase in ecstasy use.
Marijuana, long the illicit drug of choice in Maine, is readily available throughout
the state. Predominantly Caucasian traffickers supply marijuana grown in
Maine as well as shipped from the southwest border and Canada. Motorcycle
groups historically have controlled much of the marijuana distribution in
Maine, and these groups continue to use associates to distribute approximately
300 to 500 pounds monthly.