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Vermont Medical Marijuana

Updated on April 10, 2019.  Medical content reviewed by Dr. Joseph Rosado, MD, M.B.A, Chief Medical Officer

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
EmailDPS.MJRegistry@vermont.gov
WebsiteVermont Marijuana Registry Program

Vermont Medical Marijuana Program: Information

  1. Must reside in Vermont with a valid Driver’s License or Non-Driver ID.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.

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.

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.

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.

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