The Vermont Marijuana Card Program become law on July 1, 2004. This program allows for the use of medical cannabis for patients with qualifying debilitating medical illnesses. The Marijuana Card program effectively removes criminal penalties, prosecution, and incarceration for those patients that obtain a marijuana card and a doctor’s recommendation for the use of medical cannabis.
For patients to receive a marijuana card in Vermont, a patient must demonstrate need by providing medical records of a qualified debilitating illness that necessitates the use of alternative healing treatments according to a licensed physician. Patients are required to obtain a physician’s recommendation from a marijuana doctor that believes the benefits and use of cannabis outweigh the risks involved. Patients who receive a recommendation must complete an application to be sent to the Marijuana Registry of Vermont. Along with the application must be valid proof of a recommendation, proof the patient is at least 18 years of age and proof the patient lives and resides in Vermont.
Cancer, AIDS, positive status for HIV, multiple sclerosis, or the treatment of these conditions if the disease or the treatment results in severe, persistent, and intractable symptoms; or a disease, medical condition, or its treatment that is chronic, debilitating and produces severe, persistent, and one or more of the following intractable symptoms: cachexia or wasting syndrome, severe pain or nausea or seizures.
Patients who have a marijuana card issued by the state of Vermont for their medical condition may cultivate no more than 7 immature plants and 2 mature plants. Patients are permitted to possess a maximum of 2 ounces of marijuana for their condition. According to the legislation of Vermont, a marijuana plant shall be considered mature when male or female flower buds are observed on the plant by unaided visual examination.