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Who qualifies as a Health Care Professional?

A health care professional is an individual licensed in Vermont to practice medicine under 26 V.S.A. chapter 23 or 33, an individual licensed as a naturopathic physician under 26 V.S.A. chapter 81, an individual certified as a physician assistant under 26 V.S.A. chapter 31, or an individual licensed as an advanced practice registered nurse under 26 V.S.A. chapter 28.

  • Physicians
  • Osteopathic Physicians
  • Naturopathic Physicians
  • Physician Assistants
  • Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (Nurse Practitioners)

This definition includes individuals who are professionally licensed under substantially equivalent provisions in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, or New York.

Who qualifies as a Mental Health Care Provider?

A mental health care provider is a person licensed in Vermont to practice medicine who specializes in the practice of psychiatry; a psychologist, a psychologist-doctorate, or a psychologist-master as defined in 26 V.S.A. § 3001; a clinical social worker as defined in 26 V.S.A. § 3201; or a clinical mental health counselor as defined in 26 V.S.A. § 3261.

Please note, non-licensed and non-cerified psychotherapists and licensed alcohol and drug abuse counselors do not qualify as mental health care providers.

Responsibilities of the Patient’s Health Care Professional

The only responsibilities of a health care professional with regards to the provisions of the Marijuana Registry is to verify that the patient has a debilitating medical condition and whether or not the health care professional has had a “bona fide health care professional-patient relationship” with the applicant. The phrase “Bona fide health care professional-patient relationship” means a treating or consulting relationship of not less than three months duration, in the course of which a health care professional has completed a full assessment of the registered patient’s medical history and current medical condition, including a personal physical examination.

A HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONAL DOES NOT PRESCRIBE OR RECOMMEND THE USE OF MARIJUANA.

The three-month requirement shall not apply if:

  • A patient has been diagnosed with:
    • A terminal illness
    • Cancer
    • Acquired immune deficiency syndrome
  • A patient is currently under hospice care.
  • A patient was diagnosed with a debilitating medical condition by a health care professional in another jurisdiction where the patient had been living and the diagnosis has been confirmed by the health care professional completing the Health Care Professional Verification Form.
    • The new health care professional must complete a full assessment of the patient’s medical history and current medical condition, including a personal physical examination.
  • ​A registered patient who is renewing his or her ID card changes health care professionals three months or less prior to renewal.
    • The new health care professional must complete a full assessment of the patient’s medical history and current medical condition, including a personal physical examination.
  • ​A patient is referred by his or her health care professional to a specialist, and the specialist conducts a full assessment of the patient’s medical history and current medical condition, including a personal physical examination.
  • A patient’s debilitating medical condition is of recent or sudden onset.

What Qualifies as a Debilitating Medical Condition?

A debilitating medical condition means:

  • Cancer
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • HIV
  • AIDS
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Glaucoma
    • if the disease or the treatment results in severe, persistent, and intractable symptoms.
  • PTSD (requires the Mental Health Care Provider Form)
  • A disease, medical condition, or its treatment that is chronic, debilitating, and produces one or more of the following intractable symptoms:
    • cachexia or wasting syndrome
    • chronic pain
    • severe nausea
    • seizures

Protections for Health Care Professionals

A health care professional who has participated in a patient’s application process under the statute, rules, policies or procedures of the Marijuana Registry shall not be subject to arrest, prosecution, or disciplinary action under 26 V.S.A. chapter 23, penalized in any manner, or denied any right or privilege under state law, except for giving false information, pursuant to 18 V.S.A. § 4474c(f).

Health Care Professionals are not prescribing or recommending the use of marijuana. They are verifying the nature of the disease and its symptoms.

Voiding a Registry Identification Card

A Health Care Professional may remove a patient from the Registry, if they completed the Health Care Professional Verification Form for that patient. If a Health Care Professional wishes to void a registered patients ID card, he or she would notify the Registry in writing requesting to void the registered patient’s registry ID card. A Health Care Professional may notify the Registry by e-mail.

Privacy and Confidentiality

All applications and supporting information submitted by registered patients, including information regarding their caregiver and health care professional are confidential. Records maintained by the Department of Public Safety that identify applicants for a registry identification card, registered patients, registered caregivers, and registered patient’s health care professionals are confidential.

Vermont DMV Total Abstinence Program

The use of marijuana is prohibited by individuals enrolled in the Vermont DMV Total Abstinence Program, because marijuana is not a prescribed drug. A Health Care Professional is verifying the relationship they have with the patient and the patient’s medical condition. Health Care Professionals do not prescribe or recommend the use of marijuana. For more information click here to visit the Department of Motor Vehicle’s Total Abstinence Program website.

Medical and Mental Health Professionals Who qualifies as a Health Care Professional? A health care professional is an individual licensed in Vermont to practice medicine under 26 V.S.A.

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Qualifying Conditions

Common conditions cannabis recommended for include
  • Cancer
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Glaucoma
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Parkinson’s Disease (PD)
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) (Patient must currently be in treatment with a licensed mental health care provider or currently receiving psychotherapy treatment)
  • A disease, medical condition and/or treatment that is chronic, debilitating and produces one or more of the following intractable symptoms; Cachexia or Wasting Syndrome, Chronic Pain, Severe Nausea or Seizures (including those associated with epilepsy).

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Frequently Asked Questions

Telehealth/telemedicine is available in Vermont. However, relationship must first be established between patient and physician in-person in order to qualify for medical marijuana and a MMJ card.

You must be aged 18 years old or over in order to qualify for medical marijuana in Vermont. Caregivers must be 21 years old or over.

$50 Vermont medical marijuana card application fee and renewals, payable to the state. $25 for lost or stolen cards. Doctor’s fee of $100 (subject to change) not included.

Must reside in Vermont with a valid Driver’s License or Non-Driver ID.
Proof of residence can include recent correspondence with a state department (e.g. Vermont DMV) and/or recent bank statements from within the past 3 months.
Must be diagnosed with a Qualifying Condition by a qualified health professional through an in-person examination that the patient has at least a six (6) month relationship. Qualified Healthcare professional must complete a full assessment of the patients medical history and current medical conditions, in addition to a personal physical examination.
Vermont defines a qualified Health Care Professional as a:
Physician (M.D. or D.O.)
Physician Assistant (P.A. or PA-C)
Naturopathic Physician (N.D.)
Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN)
They must be licensed in Vermont, New Hampshire, New York or Massachusetts.
Vermont does not require specialized training to evaluate patients to issue Medical Marijuana Recommendations.
A Licensed Mental Health Care Provider is defined as a:
Person licensed to practice medicine, who is a specialist in Psychiatry.
Psychologist
Psychologist-Doctorate
Psychologist-Master
Clinical Social Worker
Clinical Mental Health Counselor
Must submit an Application to the Vermont Medical Registry (VMR) to receive a Medical Marijuana Identification Card (Registry Identification Card).

Patients must list the dispensary they wish to use. Patients changing their Designated Dispensary at any time must complete a Change of Information Form.

Possession Limit (Flower): 2 oz. on their person, and no more than the yield of two (2) mature plants in their home. Those without a valid medical marijuana card can carry up to 1 oz. on their person, and the yield of up to two (2) mature plants in their own home.

Possession Limit (Concentrates): 5 grams. This is for both medical patients and recreational cannabis enthusiasts.

Cancer
Crohn’s Disease
Glaucoma
HIV/AIDS
Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
Parkinson’s Disease
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) (Patient must currently be in treatment with a licensed mental health care provider or currently receiving psychotherapy treatment)
A disease, medical condition and/or treatment that is chronic, debilitating and produces one or more of the following intractable symptoms; Cachexia or Wasting Syndrome, Chronic Pain, Severe Nausea or Seizures (including those associated with epilepsy).

In Vermont, the “Act Relating to Marijuana Use by Persons with Severe Illness” legally allows registered patients and registered caregiversto collectively cultivate no more than two (2) mature plants and nine (9) immature plants, and may possess no more than two (2) ounces of usable marijuana.

Those without a medical marijuana card may grow up to 2 plants, and possess no more than 1 oz. on their person and the yield of two (2) plants in their home.

Should a patient be under 18 years-old or if a patient needs assistance in obtaining and using medical cannabis. Registered caregiver is a person who has agreed to undertake responsibility for managing the well-being of a registered patient with respect to the use of marijuana for symptom relief.

The registered caregiver can never have been convicted of a drug-related crime. The caregiver must be 21 years of age or older. Patients may only have one registered caregiver at a time. Registered caregiver may serve only one registered patient at a time.

It takes between 15 – 30 days to get a physical copy of your Vermont MMJ card.

No, Vermont does not recognize other states’ medical marijuana cards, recommendations or physician’s certifications.

2004 – Governor James Douglas passes the “Act Relating to Marijuana Use by Persons with Severe Illness”, alongside Senate Bill 76 (SB 76) and House Bill 645 (HB 645). This removed state-level penalties on the use and possession of marijuana for those with debilitating conditions.

2007 – SB 00007 is passed, amending the law to require a bona-fide patient-physician relationship.

2011 – SB 17 is passed, providing a framework for the registering of up to 4 medical marijuana dispensaries for the state of Vermont. This is known as “An Act Relating To Registering Four Nonprofit Organizations To Dispense Marijuana For Symptom Relief”.

2013 – Two medical marijuana dispensaries open.

Patients may possess up to 2 ounces of marijuana on their persons.

Home cultivation is allowed. Up to 9 plants may be grown, of which no more than 2 may be mature.

No more than 5 dispensaries may be operational at any one time. A sixth may be added should patient registry reach above 7000. Dispensaries may deliver to patient’s homes.

Possession of marijuana is effectively decriminalized in Vermont, with possession of 1 ounce or less of marijuana being a Civil Violation penalty with no incarceration and a fine of $200 (first offense), $300 (second offense) and $500 (subsequent offenses). Possession of 5 g or less of hash/concentrate brings the same penalties.

Possession of more than two ounces is a felony, whilst possession of between 1 and 2 ounces of cannabis is a misdemeanor. Sale of less than ½ an ounce is also a misdemeanor. Marijuana felonies carry a fine of at least $10,000. Misdemeanors, between $500 and $2,000.

Cultivation of 1-2 cannabis plants is a misdemeanor, with between 6 months and 2 years incarceration and/or a fine of between $500 and $2000. Cultivating more than 2 cannabis plants is a felony, with 3 years’ imprisonment and/or a fine of $10,000 – $500,000 for more than 25 plants (which will also attract a prison sentence of 15 years).

Possession of paraphernalia by persons aged 21 or over is a Civil Violation, with no incarceration and a $200 fine. Sale of paraphernalia is a misdemeanor, with up to 1 year incarceration and a $1,000 fine.

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