Vermont Marijuana / Cannabis Medical Use Law: Legal
- Senate Bill 76: Passed on May 19, 2004, an “Act Relating to Marijuana Use by Persons with Severe Illness.”
- Must possess an identification card issued by the Vermont Marijuana Registry a division of the Vermont Department of Public Safety
- Patients and caregiver may collectively possess up to 2 mature marijuana plants, 7 immature plants, and 2 ounces of usable marijuana
- Patients may possess up to 12 marijuana plants, irrespective of whether the marijuana plants are mature or immature
- A registered dispensary shall not dispense more than 2 ounces of usable marijuana to a registered patient or his or her caregiver during a 30-day period
- The amount of usable marijuana that is used to produce marijuana-infused products shall be calculated towards this two-ounce limit
Vermont Recreational Marijuana / Cannabis Recreational Use Law: Legal
- H.511: Pass on January 22, 2018, a bill “legalizing possession and limited cultivation of marijuana by adults 21 and older”. The bill received final passage in the House on January 4 and in the Senate on January 10, 2018. The law took effect on July 1, 2018.
- Adults 21 and older may possess up to 1 ounce of marijuana or 5 grams of hashish;
- Adults 21 and older may cultivate up to 2 mature and 4 immature plants in a secure location (the plant limit applies to the entire dwelling unit); and
- Adults 21 and older may possess the marijuana produced by the plants at the same secure location.
Medical Marijuana In Vermont
Mission Statement: To implement the provisions of 18 V.S.A. Chapter 86, Therapeutic Use of Cannabis, as it pertains to registered patients, caregivers, and dispensaries. The Vermont Marijuana Registry (VMR) reviews and processes applications, issuing registry identification cards to residents of Vermont with verified debilitating medical conditions and evaluate the compliance of registered dispensaries. The VMR also strives to ensure registered patients are able to access cannabis for symptom relief in a timely manner, protect confidentiality, and prevent the diversion and theft of cannabis.
To view the Vermont Marijuana Registry’s Rules click here.
Recreational Marijuana in Vermont
Gov. Phil Scott on Monday, January 22, 2018, privately signed Vermont’s marijuana bill into law, making the state the first in the country to authorize the recreational use of the substance by an act of a state legislature. The law, took effect on July 1, 2018, making Vermont the ninth state in the country, along with Washington, D.C, to approve the recreational use of marijuana. All other states and Washington authorized the use of recreational marijuana through a ballot vote of residents.
Medical Marijuana Facility Licensing
Dispensaries registered with the Department may acquire, possess, cultivate, manufacture, transfer, transport, supply, sell, or dispense marijuana, marijuana-infused products, and marijuana-related supplies to registered patients and their caregivers who have designated that dispensary. A registered patient may obtain marijuana only from their designated dispensary. The Department has currently issued five dispensary registration certificates. The Department will publish an announcement when opening the application period for the sixth dispensary registration certificates, including application requirements and deadlines for acceptance. An application period for a sixth dispensary will be announced once the number of registered patients reaches 7,000. As of March 29th, 2018, there were 5,571 patients enrolled with the Vermont Marijuana Registry.