Becoming a Patient in Vermont

Summary

Vermont allows patients to obtain a registry ID card if their doctor recommends marijuana for the treatment of a debilitating medical condition. With this ID a patient can legally use and cultivate marijuana for medicinal purposes. A patient can also designate a primary caregiver for assistance.

What's Legal

A 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.

Eligible Conditions

  • cancer
  • HIV/ AIDS
  • multiple sclerosis (MS)
  • cachexia or wasting syndrome
  • severe pain
  • severe nausea
  • seizures

Application Process

In order to apply for a patient ID, you must first have a written medical marijuana recommendation from your doctor. The form for your doctor's recommendation, your application, and your caregiver's application, should you elect to have a caregiver, can be found here. There is a $50 application fee for patients.

Doctor

You must receive your recommendation from a doctor licensed to practice medicine and able to prescribe drugs in Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts or New York. If your doctor is licensed in a state other than Vermont, the department will contact the state's medical practice board when processing the applicant's paperwork, to verify that your doctor is in good standing in that state.

Access/ Caregivers

In order to obtain your medicine, you (and your caregiver) should grow marijuana in a secure indoor facility with locks. The law requires you to grow all of your medicine in a single indoor facility and the location of this facility must be specified in your patient/ caregiver application.

A caregiver must also apply with the state and obtain a registry ID card. A patient may only have one caregiver at a time and a person can only be a caregiver for one patient at a time. Your caregiver must be at least 21 years old and free of convictions for drug related crimes.

Consumption

You may not use marijuana in public, while operating a motor vehicle, in a workplace, or while operating heavy machinery.

Age Limits

If a patient is under the age of 18 his or her application must be signed by both the patient and a parent or guardian.

Confidentiality

The Department of Health keeps the records of all registered patients and registered caregivers in a secure and confidential database accessible by authorized Department of Health employees only.

Housing

The Vermont medical marijuana law does not specifically address housing issues.

Employment

The Vermont medical marijuana law does not specifically address housing issues aside from stating that the medical marijuana provisions do not require employers to accommodate medical marijuana use in the workplace.

Insurance

The law does not require insurance providers to pay for your marijuana.

Out of State Patients

Vermont currently has no reciprocity agreements with other states to honor Vermont's medical marijuana law. This includes even those states that currently have medical marijuana laws of their own.

For more information

Department of Public Safety Medical Marijuana Registry 103 South Main Street Waterbury, Vermont 05671 Phone: 802-241-5115 Fax 802-241-5552

Contact the Vermont Medical Marijuana Registry by clicking here.

Vermont Medical Marijuana Registry

Vermont Medical Marijuana FAQ

Patient Application Form

Caregiver Application

Medical Verification Form

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