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.
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:
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.