CONSULTATION FEE RANGE
MMJ PURCHASING LIMITS
- 2 OUNCES
MINIMUM AGE LIMIT
LIST OF QUALIFYING CONDITIONS FOR A MEDICAL MARIJUANA CARD IN VERMONT
- Cachexia (wasting syndrome)
- Crohn’s disease
- Multiple sclerosis
- Epilepsy, or other seizures
- Chronic pain
- Severe nausea
- Parkinson’s disease
- PTSD (If the patient is confirmed to be undergoing psychotherapy/counseling with a licensed mental health provider)
- Severe and persistent muscle spasms
- An illness or treatment that leads to severe, persistent, and intractable symptoms.
On January 22, 2018, Governor Phil Scott signed legislation that made recreational cannabis legal in Vermont.
However, at the time of writing, residents of Vermont still can’t purchase recreational cannabis. Sales aren’t expected to begin until October 2022. Therefore, at present, your only recourse if you need cannabis for severe pain or another reason is to get a Vermont medical marijuana card.
The state legalized MMJ on May 19, 2004, via Senate Bill 76. Initially, there were only a handful of qualifying medical conditions. However, the likes of Parkinson’s disease, Crohn’s disease, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) have been added since.
The penalties for the illegal use of marijuana in Vermont are severe. While possessing an ounce or less is a civil infraction, being caught with more than that amount is a misdemeanor. You could spend up to six months in jail in this scenario!
Worse still, the possession of over two ounces is a felony. A conviction could result in a prison term of up to 15 years and a maximum fine of $500,000. This is certainly something you’ll want to avoid, so let’s see how you can get an MMJ card in Vermont.
How to Get a Medical Marijuana Card in Vermont
Here are the necessary steps to apply for a medical marijuana card in Vermont. Only state residents who can provide proof of residency can apply.
Step 1 – Visit the CCB Website & Apply as a New MMJ Patient
As of January 2022, the Vermont Medical Marijuana Registry is part of the Cannabis Control Board (CCB). Therefore, you’ll need to visit the CCB website to begin your application, regardless of whether you’re a patient or caregiver. Open a new patient account but remember that you can’t complete the patient registry application form without the approval of a licensed physician.
Step 2 – Meet with a Physician
The next stage involves attending a consultation with a licensed physician. In Vermont, any of the following healthcare providers are permitted to provide an MMJ certification:
- Licensed physicians (MD, DO)
- Licensed naturopathic doctors (ND)
- Certified physician assistants (PA)
- Licensed advanced practice registered nurses (APRN)
- Clinical social workers
- Clinical mental health counselors
Furthermore, any of the above healthcare professionals licensed under “substantially equivalent provisions” in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, or New York may legally complete the Healthcare Professional Verification Form on behalf of the patient.
If the doctor is satisfied that you’re eligible, they will complete the Healthcare Professional Verification Form on your behalf.
If the doctor is satisfied that you’re eligible for medical marijuana, they will complete the form on your behalf. This document officially states that you have a qualifying condition for medical marijuana use.
Also, a patient diagnosed with PTSD must submit a completed Mental Health Care Provider Form to the CCB. This is in addition to their completed application packet.
Please note that in Vermont, you must have a “bona fide health care professional-patient relationship.” This means a treatment or consulting relationship with the physician approving you for at least three months.
During these three months, the physician must have completed a detailed assessment of your medical history and medical condition. This includes a physical examination. This rule doesn’t necessarily apply to patients under hospice care. It is a similar situation for patients diagnosed with cancer, terminal illness, or HIV/AIDS.
Step 3 – Obtain a Digital Photo to Finish the Application
You need to provide a current digital photo of yourself and email it to the CCB. The photo must be:
- In color
- A reflection of your current appearance and taken within the last six months
- A clear image of ONLY you (not blurry, grainy, or fuzzy)
- A full face-and-shoulder shot, with you squarely facing the camera (no sunglasses or hats)
You can’t scan your driver’s license or any other photo ID. You must also avoid sending a photograph of a photo.
Upload the digital (.jpg) image to your phone or a computer and email it to CCB.Med@vermont.gov.
You will receive an e-mail verification receipt from CCB staff confirming acceptance of your photo. If you can’t email a photo, mail it to the following address on a CD:
89 Main St, Montpelier
Step 4– Play the Waiting Game
The Registry will notify you in writing within 30 days of your application. If you receive a denial letter, it outlines how to appeal. If your application packet is accepted, you receive a Marijuana Registry Identification Card in the mail. You also get information on registering with the Patient Registry. This process is a mandatory requirement. Otherwise, you don’t get the MMJ program’s protection.
Step 5 – Choose Your Dispensary
If approved, your medical marijuana card in Vermont will last for one year. You must choose a designated dispensary and cannot buy MMJ from any other location. However, you can change your dispensary every 30 days. Please note that you have to schedule your appointment with the dispensary before going.
Other Information on the Vermont Medical Marijuana License Process
Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about getting an MMJ card in Vermont.
Can I Choose a Medical Marijuana Caregiver in Vermont?
Yes. Once you register as a medical marijuana patient in Vermont, you can choose someone as your caregiver. This individual must be at least 21 years of age. They are responsible for managing your well-being concerning your marijuana use. You can’t pick someone who has been convicted of a drug-related crime. This caregiver can only serve one registered patient at a time.
Patients under 18 can have two registered caregivers.
Where Can I Buy Marijuana in Vermont as a Legal MMJ Patient?
At the time of writing, there are five registered dispensaries in seven locations:
- CeresMed: Burlington and South Burlington
- Vermont Patients Alliance: Montpelier
- Grassroots Vermont: Brandon
- Phytocare Vermont: Bennington
- CeresMed South: Brattleboro and Middlebury
If you want to change your chosen dispensary, you must complete the Cardholder Change/Request Form and pay a $25 processing fee.
What Happens if I Lose My Card?
If you lose your card or need to change its information, there is a $25 processing fee. Complete a Change of Information Form if you want to change information on a Registry I.D. card.
How Do I Renew My MMJ Card?
To renew, you will need to get a physician (or another qualifying healthcare provider) to re-certify you before this 12-month period ends. Otherwise, you have to restart the application process entirely.
The Registry will not remind you when to renew your application. You are 100% responsible for keeping track of the expiration date.
Can My Caregiver Grow Marijuana for Me?
Your caregiver can grow marijuana as long as you designate their address as the ‘grow location’ on the caregiver application.
What Are the Purchasing, Possession, and Growing Limits in Vermont?
MMJ patients in Vermont, or their caregivers, can possess up to two ounces of cannabis. They can also grow two mature cannabis plants and four immature plants.
Patients, or their caregivers, can possess up to two ounces of cannabis. They can also grow two mature cannabis plants and four immature plants.
Please note that you can only transport marijuana out of public view in a locked container. Also, you can only use it in a private residence, such as your property.
Is There an Easy Way to Complete the Process?
Yes. Veriheal is one of the top brands for helping medical marijuana patients complete the process. It helps you schedule an appointment with a VT doctor, and the consultation seldom lasts more than 15 minutes. The package costs $199 with a full money-back guarantee if you’re not approved. However, you still have to pay the $50 application fee as well.
Does Vermont Have a Reciprocity Agreement in Place?
No. Vermont does not recognize MMJ cards from other states. However, other states might accept MMJ cards from Vermont.
Final Thoughts on Getting a Vermont Medical Marijuana Card
The Vermont MMJ program is well-established, and it is now possible to apply online. It remains one of the smallest programs in the United States regarding patient numbers, and soon, recreational sales will begin. However, adult-use cannabis will be more expensive, so MMJ cardholders have to determine whether they will save money through purchasing recreational weed or whether it’s best to stick with the medical marijuana program.