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Telehealth/telemedicine is available in Vermont. However, relationship must first be established between patient and physician in-person in order to qualify for medical marijuana and a MMJ card.
You must be aged 18 years old or over in order to qualify for medical marijuana in Vermont. Caregivers must be 21 years old or over.
$50 Vermont medical marijuana card application fee and renewals, payable to the state. $25 for lost or stolen cards. Doctor’s fee of $100 (subject to change) not included.
Must reside in Vermont with a valid Driver’s License or Non-Driver ID.
Proof of residence can include recent correspondence with a state department (e.g. Vermont DMV) and/or recent bank statements from within the past 3 months.
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.
Clinical Social Worker
Clinical Mental Health Counselor
Must submit an Application to the Vermont Medical Registry (VMR) to receive a Medical Marijuana Identification Card (Registry Identification Card).
Patients must list the dispensary they wish to use. Patients changing their Designated Dispensary at any time must complete a Change of Information Form.
Possession Limit (Flower): 2 oz. on their person, and no more than the yield of two (2) mature plants in their home. Those without a valid medical marijuana card can carry up to 1 oz. on their person, and the yield of up to two (2) mature plants in their own home.
Possession Limit (Concentrates): 5 grams. This is for both medical patients and recreational cannabis enthusiasts.
Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) (Patient must currently be in treatment with a licensed mental health care provider or currently receiving psychotherapy treatment)
A disease, medical condition and/or 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 (including those associated with epilepsy).
In Vermont, the “Act Relating to Marijuana Use by Persons with Severe Illness” legally allows registered patients and registered caregiversto 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.
Those without a medical marijuana card may grow up to 2 plants, and possess no more than 1 oz. on their person and the yield of two (2) plants in their home.
Should a patient be under 18 years-old or if a patient needs assistance in obtaining and using medical cannabis. Registered caregiver is a person who has agreed to undertake responsibility for managing the well-being of a registered patient with respect to the use of marijuana for symptom relief.
The registered caregiver can never have been convicted of a drug-related crime. The caregiver must be 21 years of age or older. Patients may only have one registered caregiver at a time. Registered caregiver may serve only one registered patient at a time.
It takes between 15 – 30 days to get a physical copy of your Vermont MMJ card.
No, Vermont does not recognize other states' medical marijuana cards, recommendations or physician's certifications.
2004 – Governor James Douglas passes the “Act Relating to Marijuana Use by Persons with Severe Illness”, alongside Senate Bill 76 (SB 76) and House Bill 645 (HB 645). This removed state-level penalties on the use and possession of marijuana for those with debilitating conditions.
2007 – SB 00007 is passed, amending the law to require a bona-fide patient-physician relationship.
2011 – SB 17 is passed, providing a framework for the registering of up to 4 medical marijuana dispensaries for the state of Vermont. This is known as “An Act Relating To Registering Four Nonprofit Organizations To Dispense Marijuana For Symptom Relief”.
2013 – Two medical marijuana dispensaries open.
Patients may possess up to 2 ounces of marijuana on their persons.
Home cultivation is allowed. Up to 9 plants may be grown, of which no more than 2 may be mature.
No more than 5 dispensaries may be operational at any one time. A sixth may be added should patient registry reach above 7000. Dispensaries may deliver to patient’s homes.
Possession of marijuana is effectively decriminalized in Vermont, with possession of 1 ounce or less of marijuana being a Civil Violation penalty with no incarceration and a fine of $200 (first offense), $300 (second offense) and $500 (subsequent offenses). Possession of 5 g or less of hash/concentrate brings the same penalties.
Possession of more than two ounces is a felony, whilst possession of between 1 and 2 ounces of cannabis is a misdemeanor. Sale of less than ½ an ounce is also a misdemeanor. Marijuana felonies carry a fine of at least $10,000. Misdemeanors, between $500 and $2,000.
Cultivation of 1-2 cannabis plants is a misdemeanor, with between 6 months and 2 years incarceration and/or a fine of between $500 and $2000. Cultivating more than 2 cannabis plants is a felony, with 3 years’ imprisonment and/or a fine of $10,000 – $500,000 for more than 25 plants (which will also attract a prison sentence of 15 years).
Possession of paraphernalia by persons aged 21 or over is a Civil Violation, with no incarceration and a $200 fine. Sale of paraphernalia is a misdemeanor, with up to 1 year incarceration and a $1,000 fine.