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How to Get a Medical Marijuana Card in VT
Vermont became the ninth state to legalize recreational cannabis on January 22, 2018. The Vermont Legislature became the first in the US to legalize recreational marijuana without the use of a ballot initiative.
The Vermont Marijuana Registry (VMR) was established by the Department of Public Safety (DPS) to oversee the rules and regulations that govern the medical cannabis program. SB 76 sets out certain parameters used by the VMR for qualifying patients and caregivers to receive access to medical cannabis.
Only patients and caregivers in the registry, who have medical marijuana ID cards can purchase medical cannabis from VMR-licensed dispensaries. Patients may only obtain cannabis from their designated dispensary, and may only designate one (1) dispensary at a time. Patients may change their designated dispensary only once in a 90-day period. There are five (5) state-licensed dispensaries; a sixth may be added when the program includes more than 7,000 patients.
Patients in the registry are authorized to purchase and consume medical cannabis if they meet certain requirements for eligibility. To become a registered medical marijuana patient, a person must be diagnosed with a debilitating medical condition, and receive a recommendation by a health care professional in the course of an established healthcare professional-patient relationship.
- Cachexia, or wasting syndrome
- Chronic pain
- Crohn’s disease
- Epilepsy, or other seizures
- Multiple sclerosis
- Parkinson’s disease
- If the disease or the treatment results in severe, persistent, and intractable symptoms
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Complete and submit the patient registry application form to the VMR.
- Submit a valid Vermont driver’s license or Vermont identification card to establish proof of residency.
- Submit a digital, color photograph of yourself.
- Designate a dispensary and caregivers, if applicable. A registered patient who is younger than 18 is required to have one (1) registered adult caregiver, and may designate an additional registered adult caregivers.
- Provide the physical address and specific location of the enclosed facility for a patient’s personal cultivation. Registered patients may not cultivate cannabis if they designate a dispensary.
- Provide a Qualifying Condition Verification Form that has been completed by a health care professional. The statement must show evidence that a bona fide health care professional-patient relationship exists, or that the debilitating medical condition is of recent onset, and the patient has not had a previous health care professional who is able to verify the nature of the disease and its symptoms.
- Pay a $50 non-refundable fee for a registry identification card.