In Vermont, buying recreational marijuana is now legal, taking effect on July 1st 2018. Using marijuana for medical purposes is legal and anyone who qualifies can apply for a Medical Marijuana Card. Cannabis was decriminalized in Vermont in 2013, when possession of any amount of dried cannabis flower an ounce or under by non-medical patients became a Civil Infarction rather than an offense. There have been various attempts to legalize cannabis in Vermont, and the state came close in 2017 when the House voted to legalize the personal possession, use and cultivation for non-commercial purposes. On January 4, 2018, HB511 was passed and senate passed the voice vote on January 10, 2018. Governor Scott signed the bill on January 22, 1018, and Vermont became the first state to legalize recreational marijuana through the legislature as opposed to referendum. For anyone looking to come to California who’s in need of a Medical Marijuana Card, book an appointment and have a chat with Leafwell online. Telehealth/In-Person Telehealth/telemedicine available. However, relationship must first be established between patient and physician in-person. How Old Do I Have to Be to Apply for a Medical Marijuana Card? 18 years old or over. Caregivers must be 21 years old or over. How Long Does it take to Get My MMJ Card? 15 – 30 days Cost $50 Possession Limit (Medical Marijuana Patients) 2 ounces Qualifying Conditions Cancer HIV/AIDS Multiple sclerosis Cachexia or wasting syndrome Severe pain Nausea Seizures including epilepsy Medical Marijuana Laws 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.