Becoming a Caregiver, Producer, or Provider in Vermont
A caregiver must 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. A caregiver must be at least 21 years old and free of convictions for drug related crimes. A caregiver can cultivate marijuana in a secure indoor facility with locks the location of this facility must be specified in the caregiver application.
Caregivers can cultivate/possess no more than two mature marijuana plants, seven immature plants, and two ounces of usable marijuana may be collectively possessed between the registered patient and the patient’s registered caregiver. A marijuana plant is considered mature when male or female flower buds are readily observed on the plant by unaided visual examination. Until this sexual differentiation has taken place, a marijuana plant will be considered immature.
These rules are intended to implement the provisions of Title 18 Chapter 86 Vermont’s therapeutic use of cannabis as they pertain to the registered patient’s, caregivers and the creation of four marijuana dispensaries. If any of these rules contradict the provisions of Title 18 Chapter 86, then the language in Title 18 Chapter 86 shall prevail. This program shall be referred to as the Vermont Marijuana Program (VMP). The rules include definitions of terms, and identification of debilitating medical conditions for which the use of marijuana is authorized. They also include procedures for issuing a certificate of registration to a dispensary, and registry identification cards to qualified patients, caregivers, staff of hospice providers and nursing facilities, and qualified principal officers, board members and employees of dispensaries. The VMP rules also govern confidentiality, payments of fees, and enforcement of these rules. Applications are now available.