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VT Marijuana Qualification

Who Qualifies for Medicinal Marijuana in Vermont

On May 26, 2004, Governor James Douglas (R) allowed the “Act Relating to Marijuana Use by Persons with Severe Illness”, to pass into law unsigned —  effective July 01, 2004 — after Senate Bill 76 and House Bill 645 were approved. The law effectively removes all state-level criminal penalties on the use and possession of marijuana, by patients in possession of a written letter from a physician stating that, he or she may benefit from the medical use of marijuana for alleviating symptoms caused by debilitating medical conditions and their medical treatments.

What Ailments Qualify for Medical Cannabis in Vermont

Patients in Vermont diagnosed with one of the following severe, debilitating, or life-threatening medical conditions, are afforded legal protection under Vermont’s medical marijuana law:

  • cancer; HIV/AIDS; multiple sclerosis; PTSD; Crohn’s disease; Parkinson’s disease; glaucoma or the treatment of these conditions if the disease or the treatment results in severe, persistent, and or more of the following intractable symptoms.
  • A chronic, debilitating disease, medical condition or its treatment that produces one or more of the following intractable symptoms: 

How to Become a Medical Marijuana Patient in Vermont

  1. Patients must be a resident in the state of Vermont with proof of residency. If you do not have a Vermont I.D. an out of state I.D., passport, or other photo I.D. with proof of residency such as bank statement, utility bill, etc. is acceptable.
  2. The qualifying patient must have been diagnosed by a physician as having a debilitating medical condition.
  3. Patients must obtain legitimate medical records or documentation from his/her primary care physician describing his/her diagnosis. Ensure to bring all records with to the marijuana evaluation appointment — *Learn how to request your medical records
  4. The Vermont Medical Marijuana Program (MMP) requires all patients to have an established, bonafide doctor/patient relationship, which in some cases may take several appointments, to establish — *Find a certified medical marijuana physician in Vermont
  5. Once the patient has been certified, the patient MUST register with the Vermont MMP Patient Registry. Registration is mandatory in order for patients to be ensure protection under Vermont medical marijuana law A paper application is available on the Vermont Department of Public Safety website.


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Medical Marijuana Access in Vermont

Some medical marijuana patients will claim they have a doctor’s prescription for medical marijuana, but marijuana prescriptions are in fact illegal. The federal government classifies marijuana as a schedule I drug. Therefore doctors are unable to prescribe marijuana to their patients, and medical marijuana patients cannot go to a pharmacy to fill a prescription for medical marijuana. Instead, medical marijuana physicians will supply patients with a medical marijuana recommendation in compliance with state law.

Vermont medical marijuana law allows qualified and registered patients, or appointed primary caregivers, to cultivate and possess no more than twelve cannabis plants, and five ounces of useable medical marijuana.

The Path Toward Marijuana Legalization in Vermont

Unfortunately, movement toward the legalization of pot in Vermont has stalled due to the inaction of state legislators. Patients who meet Vermont medical marijuana qualifications can legally possess weed, but others will be prosecuted if they are caught. A bill was introduced in the legislature in April 2017, but it had not managed to get out of a House committee. Members were waiting to see if there were enough votes in the House to pass the proposal before taking any action.

This inactivity is nothing new for Vermont state leaders, who have let similar bills languish for years without taking any action. The bill was expected to come up for a vote, but it was withdrawn so legislators could further investigate the issue. It would remove all civil and criminal penalties for adults who possess an ounce or less of cannabis.

One Democratic state legislator, Jay Hooper, told a Montpelier newspaper that he originally decided to vote for the legalization bill, and was still leaning that way as of this writing, but he wanted to hear more before the bill went to the legislative floor. One of the matters the committee was considering was whether the bill contained sufficient provisions to reduce the use of cannabis among young people.

Even though the bill supposedly has bipartisan support, it was not clear whether or not it would come up for a vote by the time the legislative session ends. If it doesn’t, this is yet another example of state leaders failing to take action on a bill that would bring the benefits of marijuana to a much wider range of the population. will continue to provide updates on the major issues affecting medical and recreational cannabis throughout the country. We will also continue to bring you important information, such as how to obtain a medical marijuana card in Vermont and more.

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