Recommending Cannabis in Vermont

Medical professionals recommending medical cannabis must be licensed under chapter 23 or chapter 33 of Title 26, and is licensed with authority to prescribe drugs under Title 26; an individual licensed as a naturopathic physician under 26 V.S.A. chapter 81, an individual certified as a physician’s assistant under chapter 31 of Title 26, or an individual licensed as an advanced practice registered nurse under chapter 28 of Title 26. This definition includes individuals who are professionally licensed under substantially equivalent provisions in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, or New York. 

The recommending health care provider must demonstrate a bona fide health care provider-patient relationship through a treating or consulting relationship of not less than three months duration, in the course of which a physician has completed a full assessment of the registered patient's medical history and current medical condition, including a personal physical examination. 

Qualifying conditions include

  • Cancer
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Positive status for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)
  • Acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS)
  • Glaucoma, or the treatment of these conditions
  • If the disease or the treatment results in severe, persistent, and intractable symptoms; or
  • 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
    • Seizures.