How to Get a Vermont Medical Marijuana Card in 2022

How to get a Vermont medical marijuana card and cannabis certificate online.

Table of contents

  1. Getting a Vermont Medical Marijuana Card Online
  2. Who Can Apply?
  3. What Does an MMJ Card Permit in Vermont?
  4. How Much Does a Medical Marijuana Card Cost in Vermont?
  5. What Conditions Qualify for Medical Marijuana Cards in Vermont?
  6. What Documents Do I Need to Apply for a Medical Cannabis Card?
  7. Do I Need to Present my Medical Records to Leafwell?
  8. How Does a Caregiver Apply for a Medical Marijuana Card?
  9. Can a Qualifying Patient Grow Cannabis in Vermont?
  10. Are my Details Kept Confidential When I Apply for a Medical Marijuana Card?
  11. Does Vermont Have Medical Marijuana Reciprocity?
  12. Medical Cannabis Dispensaries in Vermont
  13. History of Medical Marijuana Laws in Vermont
  14. Current Vermont Medical Marijuana Laws
  15. Useful Links

Are you interested in getting a Medical Marijuana Card in the Green Mountain State, Vermont? You’ve come to the right place. We hope this article acts as a valuable guide to help you understand the process of applying for your MMJ Card. We keep this information up-to-date to make sure it is accurate and makes your journey as simple as possible. Keep reading to find out more.

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Getting a Vermont Medical Marijuana Card Online

In order to get a medical marijuana card in Vermont, you must speak to a physician for consultation. This can be carried out online with Leafwell, and gives you the chance to meet your doctor, ask any questions, and have the doctor understand more about you and your medical needs – they can then approve you for medical cannabis.

Telehealth is available in Vermont. The pathway for getting a medical marijuana card in Vermont looks like this:

  1. Book an appointment with a certified physician online with Leafwell.
  2. Attend your appointment, bringing relevant ID and medical records/clinic notes with you.
  3. Get qualified for medical cannabis and get your card by applying online to the Vermont Cannabis Control Board (CCB). You can apply online or by print. Register for a new Vermont patient account here. Find a print application form here. You will also need to upload a passport-style photograph.

If approved, you will receive your medical cannabis card from the state (not from Leafwell).  It can take up to 30 days for the Medical Cannabis Program to process your application. Your certificate will be valid for 1 year from the date of issue.

Once you have been approved and have your VT medical cannabis ID card, you can legally purchase from a dispensary of your choice. You must also choose a dispensary to purchase from on your initial application. Caregivers can also be designated via the initial application form. Minors (those aged under 18) requiring medical cannabis will need the approval and signature of their parent/guardian.

Who Can Apply?

To apply for a Medical Marijuana Card in Vermont, you must be a legal resident of Vermont.

Patients must be aged 18 or over in order to apply for a medical marijuana card for themselves. Minors can have caregivers apply on their behalf.

Caregivers must be aged 21 or over in the state of Vermont.  The caregiver will need to fill out their personal information (name, address, social security number etc.), and will also need to provide a digital photograph and valid ID as part of their application to the state.

Vermont keeps a registry of medical marijuana patients, and it is a requirement for patients to register in order to use medical cannabis legally. This registry is not accessible to the public.

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What Does an MMJ Card Permit in Vermont?

As an MMJ Card holder in Vermont, you are permitted to possess:

  • 2 oz. on their person, and no more than the yield of two (2) mature plants in their home.
  • 5 grams of cannabis concentrate.
  • Medical cannabis patients are permitted to grow cannabis. The “Act Relating to Marijuana Use by Persons with Severe Illness” legally allows registered patients and registered caregivers to collectively cultivate no more than two (2) mature plants and four (4) immature plants.

Recreational cannabis is legal in Vermont. Non-medical cannabis users may possess up to one ounce of cannabis flower, 5 grams of concentrate, and grow up to two plants. Those growing their own may not possess more than the yield of two plants in their own home.

How Much Does a Medical Marijuana Card Cost in Vermont?

The consultation with one of Vermont registered practitioners via Leafwell’s HIPAA compliant online consultation service is $199. However, if you do not qualify for an MMJ Card and our practitioner elects not to sign your certificate, you get your money back.

It costs $50 for the MMJ Card and application form, payable to the state. This is a non-refundable fee which must be paid every time you apply. Cards are valid for one year. Every time you renew, you will be required to meet with a state-licensed physician via a telemedicine platform like Leafwell and then renew your card via the state website.

Caregivers must pay $50 to register, which is additional to the patient fee.

Insurance does not currently cover the cost of applying for an MMJ Card in Vermont because cannabis is illegal at the federal level.

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What Conditions Qualify for Medical Marijuana Cards in Vermont?

According to Vermont law in 2022, the following debilitating conditions may qualify you for a medical marijuana card in Vermont:

Note that this list is up to date as of August 2022. Legislation or the Commissioner of Health may add additional conditions, at which time, Leafwell will update this list.

What Documents Do I Need to Apply for a Medical Cannabis Card?

In order to apply for your MMJ Card in Vermont, you will need to show your signed certificate which provides proof of your condition as well as your identification documents. You should gather together the following:

  • Proof of residency
  • A digital passport-style photograph

You must be a resident of Vermont in order to qualify for its medical marijuana program.

Below are all of the acceptable forms these documents may take.

Acceptable ID

  • Valid, unexpired Vermont Driver’s License
  • State-produced Vermont Identification Card

Acceptable proof of residency

  • Utility bill
  • Any correspondence with a state department
  • Bank statement
  • Mortgage or rental agreement

Medical Cannabis Certification from a physician

  • You will need to be certified to qualify for the state’s program.

Do I Need to Present my Medical Records to Leafwell?

Yes. In order to responsibly sign a certificate which permits individuals to apply for an MMJ card, our registered practitioners must have a comprehensive understanding of your medical history.

This allows them to provide an accurate assessment to ensure that medical cannabis is a good option for each patient on a case-by-case basis.

How Does a Caregiver Apply for a Medical Marijuana Card?

Some patients may be eligible for an MMJ Card but unable to apply for one themselves. For example, should the patient be a minor under the age of 18, or if the patient needs assistance accessing medical cannabis, a caregiver can be assigned to complete the process on their behalf.

Caregivers will also need to fill out an application online similar to one that patients fill out. Caregivers must be aged 21 or over, and can either apply at the same time or apply separately. The caregiver will need to provide:

  • Their personal details (name, address, DOB, email etc.)
  • A digital photograph.
  • Proof of ID and address.
  • $50 Application fee, payable to the state.

Can a Qualifying Patient Grow Cannabis in Vermont?

Yes, it is legal for Vermont patients to grow their own cannabis. The “Act Relating to Marijuana Use by Persons with Severe Illness” legally allows registered patients and registered caregivers to collectively cultivate no more than two (2) mature plants and four (4) immature plants. You will need to state your intention to grow cannabis on your application form.

A hydroponic system in a grow box.
A hydroponic system in a grow box. Author: D-Kuru / Wikimedia Commons. CC BY-SA 3.0.

Are my Details Kept Confidential When I Apply for a Medical Marijuana Card?

Yes. Leafwell is committed to protecting the privacy of our patients. Our online service is HIPAA compliant and our systems are designed to keep all of your confidential details safe.

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Does Vermont Have Medical Marijuana Reciprocity?

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

Medical Cannabis Dispensaries in Vermont

Champlain Valley Dispensary

2 Green Tree Dr, South Burlington, VT 05403, United States

(844) 283-9333

Grassroots Vermont

84 Lovers Ln, Brandon, VT 05733, United States

(802) 465-8081

Phytocare Vermont

120 Depot St Ste 103 Bennington, VT 05201

(802) 753-7094

Southern Vermont Wellness

942 Putney Rd, Brattleboro, VT 05301, United States

(844) 789-9333

Vermont Patients Alliance

188 River St, Montpelier, VT 05602, United States

(802) 225-6786

Curing cannabis in mason jars at a dispensary.
Cured cannabis in mason jars at a dispensary in Denver, Colorado. Author: My 420 Tours. From Wikimedia Commons. CC BY-SA 4.0.

History of Medical Marijuana Laws in Vermont

Here is a brief overview of the history of medical marijuana laws and legislation in Vermont:

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.

2015 – In what could be described as an interesting thought experiment, two state representatives facetiously introduced HB502, which would re-illegalize alcohol, giving it penalties equivalent to those for marijuana.

In 2015, Senate Bill 95 and House bill 277 were submitted, proposing a regulated system of legal recreational cannabis sales, however neither bill passed during the 2015 legislative session.

2017 – 2018 – In May 2017, the Vermont House approved a bill to allow personal possession, use, and cultivation of cannabis but not commercial sales, while the Vermont Senate in April approved a broader bill allowing cannabis commercial sale. On May 10, 2017, a joint bill formerly concerning fentanyl was amended to legalize cannabis, and approved by the entire state legislature, for the first time in U.S. history. The bill, titled S.22 “An act relating to increased penalties for possession, sale, and dispensation of fentanyl”, was amended to allow possession of an ounce of cannabis under title 18 of the Vermont Statutes Annotated.

2022 – The Vermont Medical Cannabis Program (MCP) leaves the control of the Department of Public Safety and is now under the purview of the Cannabis Control Board (CCB).

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Current Vermont Medical Marijuana Laws

  • 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 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.
  • 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 penalty)

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