How to get a Medical Marijuana Card in Vermont

get a medical marijuana card in vermontVermont General Assembly legalized marijuana for medical use in 2004 when they passed S. 76, An Act Relating to Marijuana Use by Persons with Severe Illness. The law calls for the creation of a registry of eligible individuals.

Vermont Medical Marijuana Law: Eligible Medical Conditions

  • Cancer
  • Acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS)
  • Positive status for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)
  • Multiple sclerosis (MS)
  • 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 severe, persistent, and one or more of the following intractable symptoms:

  • Cachexia (wasting syndrome)
  • Severe pain
  • nausea
  • Seizures

Vermont Medical Marijuana Law: Registered Caregiver

Registered medical marijuana patients may choose a person, who must be at least 21 years old, to take responsibility for managing their (the patient’s) well being with respect to marijuana use. This Registered Caregiver must not have any history of being convicted of a drug related crime.

A registered caregiver agrees to undertake the responsibility of managing the well-being of a registered patient with respect to the use of “marijuana for symptom relief.” The use of “marijuana for symptom relief” means:

  • Acquisition
  • Possession
  • Cultivation
  • Use
  • Transfer
  • Transportation

of marijuana or paraphernalia relating to the administration of marijuana to alleviate the symptoms or effects of a registered patient’s debilitating medical condition which is in compliance with 18 V.S.A. Chapter 8. The definition of “transfer” is limited to the transfer of marijuana between the registered caregiver and the registered patient.

The nominated caregiver will need to complete and submit the Marijuana Caregiver Application Form, which includes a section authorizing the release of your criminal records. The completed and notarised form should be mailed, together with:

  • A digital photograph (Make sure that your digital photograph is taken using .jpg format and have it copied to a floppy disk or CD. Label the disk or CD with your name and date of birth)
  • A check or money order for $50 (non-refundable) made payable to the Department of Public Safety. The Registry cannot accept cash, credit cards, or instalment payments
  • Mail the application package to:
    • Marijuana Registry, Department of Public Safety, 103 South Main Street, Waterbury, Vermont 05671

Vermont Medical Marijuana Law: Medical Marijuana Patient Registration

In order to become a “registered patient” with the Vermont Marijuana Registry you must

  • Complete the Registered Patient Application Form
  • Ask your doctor to sign and complete the Physicians Medical Verification Form. The doctor must be licensed to practice in Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts or New York in order to complete the form
  • When all sections of the form are completed you will need to have it notarized.
  • Enclose with the form:
    • A digital photograph (Make sure that your digital photograph is taken using .jpg format and have it copied to a floppy disk or CD. Label the disk or CD with your name and date of birth)
    • A check or money order for $50 (non-refundable) made payable to the Department of Public Safety. The Registry cannot accept cash, credit cards, or instalment payments
  • Mail the application package to:
    • Marijuana Registry, Department of Public Safety, 103 South Main Street, Waterbury, Vermont 05671

The Registry will process your application within 30 days after your application is complete. If your application is approved you will be notified in writing and receive a Marijuana Registry Identification Card. If your application is denied you will be notified in writing and be advised of your right to appeal the denial.

Registrations are issued for one year and are renewable. A new application packet (forms, fee and photo) must be submitted for each renewal request. The Registry will notify you when it’s time to renew your registration.

Vermont Medical Marijuana Law: Medical Marijuana Allowable Amounts

The amount of marijuana that may be collectively possessed between the registered caregiver and the registered patient is limited to no more than:

  • two mature marijuana plants
  • seven immature plants
  • two ounces of usable marijuana

A marijuana plant shall be 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.

Marijuana may only be grown in a single “secure indoor facility.” This is a building or room equipped with locks or other security devices that permit access only by the registered patient or the caregiver. The location of this secure indoor facility must be specified in your application.

You may only legally use marijuana for purposes of symptom relief within the state of Vermont. You may not use marijuana in public, while operating a motorized vehicle, in a workplace, while operating heavy machinery or handling a dangerous instrumentality or in a manner that endangers the health or well-being of another person.

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