In October 2020, Vermont became the 11th state to legalize an adult-use recreational cannabis program, when Governor Phil Scot allowed Senate Bill 54 to become law without his signature.
The bill establishes a regulatory system for cannabis production and wholesale and retail sales. The first cannabis dispensary licenses are only expected to be issued beginning in the spring of 2022.
Vermont legalized medical marijuana in 2004 but the first dispensary did not open in the state until 2013. Patients may also cultivate up to two mature plants and seven immature plants.
How to Get a Medical Card in Vermont
Prospective medical marijuana patients must apply online through the state’s official application portal.
The patient application requires submitting personal details as well as selecting the dispensary they will use. For patients under the age of 18, the parent or guardian who is serving as a caregiver will have to fill out their details in the form.
If they want to cultivate for personal use they must also stipulate that on the form.
Along with the patient application, the prospective patient must also submit their health care professional verification form, which must come from a licensed practitioner with whom the applicant has a “bona fide health care professional-patient relationship.”
If the patient applying has PTSD as their qualifying condition, they must also submit a mental health care provider form.
The fee for the application and subsequent annual renewal is $50.
The qualifying conditions for which patients in Vermont can receive medical cannabis include:
- Multiple sclerosis
- Positive status for human immunodeficiency virus, acquired immune deficiency syndrome
- Crohn’s disease
- Parkinson’s disease
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (provided the Department confirms the applicant is undergoing psychotherapy or counseling with a licensed mental health care provider)
- A disease or medical condition or its treatment that is chronic, debilitating and produces and one or more of the following intractable symptoms: cachexia or wasting syndrome, chronic pain, severe nausea, or seizures.
Where to Buy
Recipients can attain medical marijuana only from their designated dispensary and must pay in cash. As of February 2020, there were only five licensed dispensaries in the state.
Dispensaries are allowed to sell dry flowers, pre-rolls, edibles, vapes, concentrates, and topical applications of marijuana.
Vermont law does not honor out-of-state medical marijuana licenses.
Taxes and Medical Marijuana in Vermont
Medical marijuana is exempt from sales and use tax in Vermont under the prescription drug statutory definition. Marijuana-related supplies are not exempt.
Under Senate Bill 54, adult-use retail cannabis sales will be taxed at ten percent with a potential one percent local option tax for municipalities that decide to allow cannabis dispensaries.
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