Cannabis for medical use in Vermont became legal on July 1, 2004 under the auspices of  Section 1 Chapter 18 of the Vermont Statutes Online V.S.A: “Act Relating to Marijuana Use by Persons with Severe Illness”

The law removes state-level criminal penalties on the use and possession of marijuana by patients who have in their possession a valid registration card.

Conditions Approved for Use of Medical Marijuana in Vermont

  • Cancer
  • AIDS
  • Positive status for HIV
  • Multiple sclerosis,
  • Treatment of the above conditions if the disease or the treatment results in severe, persistent, and intractable symptoms
  • 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 or wasting syndrome
    • Severe pain
    • Nausea
    • Seizures


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 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.


Registration with the Vermont Marijuana Registry is mandatory.

There is a $50 non-refundable fee for each application. There are no provisions to waive the fee, pay the fee in installments, or pay the fee with a credit card. The fee must accompany each new or renewal application.

Registration cards from other US states are not recognized.

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

Medical Marijuana News Update

1st of April, 2011 – There are still no marijuana doctors or marijuana dispensaries in Vermont. This is really disappointing for Vermont medical marijuana users, considering medical marijuana was made legal in July 2004.

2nd June, 2011 – Good news, a bill has been signed which now allows 4 legal medical marijuana dispensaries to be set up in Vermont.

Please contact us if you know of any marijuana doctors or dispensaries in Vermont.

Full details of how to get a medical marijuana card in Vermont.

Return to medical marijuana state-laws


Join the discussion 3 Comments

  • Luke says:

    Update your information about Vermont’s upcoming laws regarding the approval of four dispensaries soon to be allowed to operate come July 2012.

  • SunflowerPipes says:

    The stigma attached to marijuana scares many people who use glass pipes to hide their use. The main problem inhibiting legalization is that people who smoke a glass pipe discriminated against and are therefore not considered serious or mature. The public needs to make its choices are known and to make sure our voices are heard. With the economy in shambles this is the best chance to change the law.

    Send a letter, send an email make a phone call, one hand written Letter is considered to be the voice of thousands of people who did not take the time to write so write your representative today.

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