Vermont

Vermont

5209
Registered Patient Population
0.83%
of Total Population Represented by Patients
5
Total Medical Retail Locations Currently in Operation
1,042 : 1
Patients : Retail

Cannabis is legal to all adults over21 in Vermont. Any adult may grow up to 2 mature plants and four immature plants. Vermont does not recognize out of state medical cannabis cards. Patients report that prices in Vermont remain high presenting a barrier to access.

Patient Rights and Civil Protection 55/100   
Arrest Protection 30/40
Affirmative Defense 13/15
Parental Rights Protections 0/10
DUI Protections 0/5
Employment Protections 0/5
Explicit Privacy Standards 7/7
Housing Protections 0/5
Does Not Create New Criminal Penalties for Patients 5/5
Organ Transplants 0/5
Reciprocity 0/3
Access to Medicine 86/100   
Allows Distribution Programs 34/40
– Allows Access to Dried Flowers 15/15
– Allows Delivery 5/5
– No Sales Tax or Reasonable Sales Tax 5/5
– Allows for a Reasonable Number of Dispensaries 5/5
– Does Not Require Vertical Integration 2/2
– Ownership/Employment Restrictions 1/2
– Provisions for Labor Standards 0/2
– Environmental Impact Regulations 0/2
– Choice of Dispensary Without Restrictions 1/2
Noncommercial Cultivation 15/20
– Personal Cultivation 15/15
– Collective Gardening 0/5
Explicit Right to Edibles/Concentrates/Other Forms 10/10
Does not Impose Bans or Limits on THC 10/10
Does not Impose Bans on CBD 10/10
Local Bans/Zoning 7/10
Comprehensive Qualifying Conditions 48/50
Adding New Conditions 8/10
– Law/Regulations Allow for New Conditions 5/5
– System Works for Adding New Conditions 3/5
Reasonable Access for Minors 9/10
Reasonable Caregiver Background Checks 3/4
Number of Caregivers 2/2
Patient/ Practitioner- Focused Task Force or Advisory Board 2/2
Reasonable Fees (Patients and Caregivers) 8/10
Allows Multiple-Year Registrations 0/2
Reasonable Physician Requirements 4/5
Does Not Classify Cannabis as a Medicine of Last Resort 3/5
Functionality 88/100   
Patients Able to Access Medicine at Dispensaries or by Cultivation 50/50
No Significant Administrative or Supply Problems 13/15
Patients Can Receive Legal Protections Within Reasonable Time Frame of Doctor's Recommendation 8/10
Reasonable Possession Limits 4/5
Reasonable Purchase Limits 4/5
Allows Patients to Medicate Where They Choose 4/5
Covered by Insurance/State Health Aid 0/3
Financial Hardship (Fee Waivers/Discount Medicine) 5/7
Consumer Safety and Provider Requirements 43/100   
Dispensing 12.67/25
Staff Training 5/5
Standard Operating Procedures 3/5
– Facility Sanitary Conditions 0/1.25
– Storage Protocols 1/1.25
– Reasonable Security Protocols 1/1.25
– Inventory Control 1/1.25
Recall Protocol and Adverse Event Reporting 0/5
Product Labeling 2.67/5
– Product Contents, Including Source Material Identification 1.67/1.67
– Allergens 0/1.67
– Potency/Compound Identification 1/1.67
Required Testing 2/5
– Active Compound Identification 1/1.67
– Contaminants 0/1.67
– Potency 1/1.67
Grow/Cultivation 13.13/25
Staff Training 5/5
Standard Operating Procedures 2.13/5
– Facility and Equipment Sanitary Conditions 0/0.71
– Workforce Safety Protocols 0/0.71
– Storage Protocols (Short-Term and Long-Term Storage) 0.71/0.71
– Reasonable Security Protocols 0.71/0.71
– Batch and Lot Tracking 0.71/0.71
– Disposal/Waste 0/0.71
– Water Management 0/0.71
Pesticide Guidance 3/5
– Pesticide Guidance 2/2.5
– Pesticide Labeling 1/2.5
Required Testing 3/5
– Active Ingredient Identification 1/1.25
– Contaminants 1/1.25
– Potency 1/1.25
– Sample Retention 0/1.25
Recall Protocol and Adverse Event Reporting 0/5
Manufacturing 12.67/25
Staff Training 5/5
Standard Operating Procedures 3/5
– Facility and Equipment Sanitary Conditions 0/1
– Workforce Safety Protocols 0/1
– Storage Protocols 1/1
– Reasonable Security Protocols 1/1
– Batch and Lot Tracking 1/1
Product Labeling 2.67/5
– Product Contents, Including Source Material Identification 1.67/1.67
– Allergens 0/1.67
– Potency and Compound Information 1/1.67
Required Testing 2/5
– Active Ingredient Identification 1/1
– Contaminants 0/1
– Potency 1/1
– Shelf Life Testing 0/1
– Sample Retention 0/1
Recall Protocol and Adverse Event Reporting 0/5
Laboratory Operations 5/25
Staff Training 0/5
Method Validation in Accordance with AHP Guidelines 0/5
Result Reporting 0/5
Independent or Third Party 5/5
Standard Operating Procedures and Protocols 0/5
– Equipment and Instrument Calibration 0/0.83
– Sample Tracking 0/0.83
– Facility and Equipment Sanitary Conditions 0/0.83
– Disposal/Waste 0/0.83
– Storage Protocols 0/0.83
– Workforce Safety Protocols 0/0.83
Covid Response 15/20   
Delivery Available? 6/6
Curbside Pickup Available? 2/2
Medical Cannabis Essential? 4/7
Telemedicine Available? 3/5
Excerpted from ASA's 2020 State of the States Report.

In This Section

Vermont Medical Marijuana Laws & Regulations

Vermont’s first medical cannabis law, Senate Bill 76, went into effect July 1, 2004, establishing a registry that provided protections for patients with debilitating medical conditions, including HIV/AIDS, cancer, and multiple sclerosis.

Becoming a Patient in Vermont

Vermont allows patients to obtain a registry ID card if their doctor recommends marijuana for the treatment of a debilitating medical condition.

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; or 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.

The State of Medical Marijuana in Vermont

The State of Medical Marijuana in Vermont