Medical MarijuanaVermont defines a debilitating medical condition as follows:
(A) cancer, multiple sclerosis, positive status for human immunodeficiency virus, acquired immune deficiency syndrome, glaucoma, or the treatment of these conditions, if the disease or the treatment results in severe, persistent, and intractable symptoms; or
(B) a disease, medical condition, or its treatment that is chronic, debilitating, and produces one or more of the following intractable symptoms: cachexia or wasting syndrome; chronic pain; severe nausea; or seizures.
In June 2011, physician’s assistants and advance practice registered nurses are allowed to write recommendations.
Licensed physicians in neighboring states are also now allowed to recommend cannabis for Vermont residents.
Patient Registry or ID Cards Program?
Vermont Marijuana Registry
Cannabis Grow Limit:
2 mature, 7 immature plants, and 2 ounces of usable marijuana.
Cannabis Possession Limit:
A registered patient and primary caregiver can together have up to two mature marijuana plants, seven immature plants, and two ounces of usable marijuana. You may also own devices for using marijuana, such as pipes and vaporizers.
Patients may designate a dispensary for accessing medicine but may no longer cultivate cannabis.
Distribution/DispensariesSenate Bill 17 authorized up to four state-licensed distribution facilities.
Dispensaries opened in spring of 2013. In 2014, the program was expanded with the passage of SB 247, which added delivery program to existing dispensaries to deliver to patients and granted naturopathic physicians the right to recommend medical cannabis.
Vermont became the 27th state to legalize medical marijuana on May 26, 2004
Important Cannabis Laws
Senate Bill 76 (2004) – established a patient registry that provided legal protections for qualifying patients and their primary caregivers who possess or cultivate small amounts of medical cannabis. Patients and their designated caregivers may possess up to two ounces of usable cannabis.
Senate Bill 7 (2007) – increased the cultivation limits to two mature and seven immature plants and allowed licensed physicians in neighboring states to recommend cannabis for Vermont residents. SB 7 also expanded the qualifying conditions to include any chronic, debilitating condition or its treatment that produces cachexia or wasting syndrome, severe pain, severe nausea, or seizures.
Senate Bill 17 (2011) – authorized up to four state-licensed distribution facilities and allowed physician’s assistants and advance practice registered nurses to write recommendations.
SB 247 (2014) – added delivery program to existing dispensaries to deliver to patients and granted naturopathic physicians the right to recommend medical cannabis.
SB 14 (2016) – changed the qualifying condition of “severe pain” to less restrictive “chronic pain.”