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Vermont Medical Marijuana [2019 Update]

Updated on January 30, 2019.  Medical content reviewed by Dr. Richard Koffler, MD, Board Certified Physiatrist

Vermont Medical Marijuana Program

Contact Details

Department of Public Safety
Vermont Marijuana Registry
45 State Drive
Waterbury, VT 05671-1300
Phone: (802) 241-5115
Fax: (802) 241-5230
WebsiteVermont Marijuana Registry Program

Program Information

To qualify for Medical Marijuana in the state of Vermont:

  • Must reside in Vermont with a valid Driver’s License or Non-Driver ID.
  • Must be diagnosed with a Qualifying Condition by a qualified health professional through an in-person examination that the patient has at least a six (6) month relationship. Qualified Healthcare professional must complete a full assessment of the patients medical history and current medical conditions, in addition to a personal physical examination.
  • Vermont defines a qualified Health Care Professional as a:
    • Physician (M.D. or D.O.)
    • Physician Assistant (P.A. or PA-C)
    • Naturopathic Physician (N.D.)
    • Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN)
    • They must be licensed in Vermont, New Hampshire, New York or Massachusetts.
    • Vermont does not require specialized training to evaluate patients to issue Medical Marijuana Recommendations.
  • A Licensed Mental Health Care Provider is defined as a:
    • Person licensed to practice medicine who is a specialist in Psychiatry.
    • Psychologist
    • Psychologist-Doctorate
    • Psychologist-Master
    • Clinical Social Worker
    • Clinical Mental Health Counselor
  • Patient must be twenty-one (21) years of age, or if under eighteen (18) years of age, two (2) Caregivers must be approved and registered.
  • Must submit an Application to the Vermont Medical Registry (VMR) to receive a Medical Marijuana Identification Card (Registry Identification Card). Please follow the instructions in the Registration Packet with Checklist.
  • There is a $50 Non-Refundable Fee for each application submitted for a Medical Marijuana Card in Vermont. (Registry Identification Card) There is a $25 processing fee for reissuing lost or stolen Medical Marijuana Cards (Registry Identification Card). Qualified Patients are also required to pay the non-refundable $50 application fee when renewing annually as well.
  • Patients must also designate the Dispensary they wish to procure Medical Marijuana during the application process. Patients can only procure Medical Marijuana from the Dispensary they designate on their application. There are currently five (5) Dispensaries in Vermont that patients can choose from.
  • Patients change their Designated Dispensary at any time bu completed a Change of Information Form. There is a $25 fee when submitting a Change of Information Form. A new Medical Marijuana Card will be reissued within ten (10) days of receiving the patients Change of Information Form.
  • After receiving the Medical Marijuana Card (Registry Identification Card) a patient can posses no more than two (2) ounces of Usable Marijuana, two (2) Mature Medical Marijuana Plants and seven (7) Immature Medical Marijuana Plans.

Note from State, on sources for medical marijuana

“The Marijuana Registry is neither a source for marijuana nor can the Registry provide information to patients on how to obtain marijuana” [Accessed Mar. 1, 2016]

The Vermont Marijuana Registry is mandatory and does NOT accept other state’s registry cards.

Recent Legislation Changes

As legislation changes in Vermont, check back to this section for information about how those legislative changes will affect the medical marijuana program in Vermont.

The Vermont medical marijuana program became even stronger in 2016 when Gov. Peter Shumlin signed a bill into law that not only made cannabis available to more patients but also reduced the wait to qualify for this therapeutic form of medicine. Glaucoma was added as a qualifying condition, and the “severe pain” condition was changed to “chronic pain.”

In addition, the law removed the phrase “without success” in regard to qualifying for medical marijuana in Vermont. The reason this is significant is that many patients can find success using powerful medications such as opioids to treat pain. However, these drugs can be addictive, and they also pose a high risk of a potentially fatal overdose. By removing that phrase from the law, patients no longer have to try dangerous drugs before being able to use medicinal cannabis.

The new law also reduces the time it takes for a patient to have to establish a relationship with a physician before receiving a medical cannabis recommendation. Before, patients had to have that relationship for six months. The new law reduces that to three months.

Vermont has historically been one of the more progressive states when it comes to making medical cannabis available to seriously ill patients. After Senate Bill 76 was approved by 22-7, and House Bill 645 was approved by 82-59, Sec. 1. 18V.S.A. chapter 86 was passed by the General Assembly. 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, essentially removing 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.

On May 30, 2007, Senate Bill 00007, amended the law, establishing the requirement for bonafide physician-patient relationship, no less than six months duration, in the course of which physicians are required to complete a full assessment of the registered patient’s medical history and current medical conditions.

On June 02, 2011, Senate Bill 17, was signed by Governor Peter Shumlin, amending the law, to establish  “An Act Relating To Registering Four Nonprofit Organizations To Dispense Marijuana For Symptom Relief”, implementing a framework for registering up to four nonprofit marijuana dispensaries in the state. The bill allows licensed dispensaries to cultivate and possess no more than, twenty-eight (28) mature cannabis plants, ninety-eight (98) immature marijuana plants, and twenty-eight (28) ounces of usable medical marijuana.

On September 12, 2012, it was announced that two medical marijuana dispensaries had been granted conditional approval by the State of Vermont Department of Public Safety. And in June 2013, both medical marijuana dispensaries, both legally opened to qualified patients.

Possession and Cultivation Regulations

Vermont, “Act Relating to Marijuana Use by Persons with Severe Illness,” legally allows registered patients and registered caregivers, to collectively cultivate no more than two (2) mature plants and nine (9) immature plants, and may possess no more than two (2) ounces of usable marijuana.

Vermont Medical Marijuana Telemedicine Services Online

Qualified patients in Vermont may choose to see a marijuana doctor online instead of in-person, using the telemedicine portal, provided that a medical marijuana telemedicine doctor first establish a bonafide relationship with the patient in-person, after which all follow-up visits may be conducted via medical marijuana telemedicine services, online.

The State of Vermont has a legalized medical marijuana program, which allows patients to receive a medical marijuana recommendation from a certified physician, and apply for a state-issued Vermont Medical Marijuana Card, permitting the patient to purchase marijuana for medicinal use, as per Vermont state guidelines.

Since the Vermont medical marijuana program is still changing their laws and new Vermont medical marijuana laws are being enacted on a regular basis, please be sure to visit our site frequently to get the most updated laws as it pertains to the Vermont medical marijuana program. Please click a corresponding link to find out more about Vermont’s Medical Marijuana Program. We have compiled the following Vermont medical marijuana index of information to serve as a medical library to our users for legal reference of Vermont’s laws, guidelines and program details regarding medical cannabis use in Vermont.

Please note: In order to become a legal medical marijuana patient you must first have a qualifying condition as outlined by the department of health services and/or department of justice. For a comprehensive list of Vermont’s qualifying medical marijuana conditions, please visit our qualifying conditions section located on the top of our menu under “legal states.”

Vermont Qualification

Although the Vermont medical marijuana program is one of the strongest in the country, it is still rather limited when it comes to the number of qualifying conditions. For example, the list still doesn’t include diseases such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), Lou Gehrig’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, Crohn’s disease and others. offers a comprehensive guide on who qualifies for medical marijuana in Vermont, as well as information on age restrictions and more.

Vermont Laws

Vermont, like more than 20 other states, has decriminalized possession of small amounts of pot. If you are caught with an ounce or less, you will not be arrested. Rather, you will be assessed a $200 fine. A second offense carries a $300 fine, and third and subsequent offenses carry a $500 fine. However, if you are caught with between one and two ounces, a first offense can result in a jail sentence of up to six months and a $500 fine.

Second and subsequent offenses are punishable by up to two years in jail and a $2,000 fine. Possessing between two ounces and a pound of pot — regardless of whether it’s your first, second or third offense — is a felony offense punishable by three years in jail and a $10,000 fine. Our section on Vermont marijuana laws provides more information.

Vermont Marijuana Card

Our section on obtaining a medical cannabis card in Vermont provides comprehensive information on how to qualify for the Vermont medical marijuana program. Patients in Vermont can submit a paper application to the Department of Public Safety to register.

Vermont Facts

Learn more about medical marijuana in Vermont by reading our medical marijuana facts section.

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