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Cannabis became legal for all adults statewide in 2018, but there are still advantages to registering as a medical marijuana patient in Vermont. Registered patients may possess more cannabis than those not holding medical cards: up to 2 ounces of usable marijuana, 2 mature marijuana plants, and 7 immature marijuana plants (for a total of 9 plants).

Vermont qualifying conditions for medical marijuana

As of September 2020, legislators in Vermont’s House and Senate were said to be very close to a deal on a retail marijuana bill that would allow commercial sales to finally begin.

Vermont medical marijuana laws

Adults over the age of 21 are permitted to grow up to 2 mature plants, and up to 4 immature plants (without flowers or buds). Those limits apply even in shared dwellings, such as among roommates or family members.

Vermont legalized marijuana for medicinal use in 2004 when the state legislature passed S 76, An Act Relating to the Medical Use of Marijuana . The governor didn’t sign it, but the bill passed anyway, removing legal possession and cultivation penalties for patients and setting up the Vermont Marijuana Registry. In the intervening years, additional bills have expanded the list of qualifying conditions and the types of healthcare professionals allowed to recommend marijuana for their patients.

Legislation history

Adults 21 and older who are not patients can possess up to 1 ounce (28 grams) of marijuana or 5 grams of hashish, and grow a maximum of two mature marijuana plants or four immature marijuana plants. Marijuana harvested from home cultivation does not count towards the 1 ounce total.

Qualifying conditions

State-sanctioned dispensaries will only sell cannabis to Vermont residents with VMR ID cards. Vermont’s program does not accommodate out-of-state patients.