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Online Medical Marijuana Card and Renewal FAQ

What are the qualifying medical conditions to get a Vermont medical marijuana card?

To become a registered patient, a person must be diagnosed with a debilitating medical condition by a health care professional in the course of a bona fide health care professional-patient relationship. A “debilitating medical condition” means:
Cancer, acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS), positive status for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), multiple sclerosis (MS), glaucoma, Crohn’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, or the treatment of these conditions, if the disease or the treatment results in severe, persistent, and intractable symptoms;
Post-traumatic stress disorder, provided the Department confirms the applicant is undergoing psychotherapy or counseling with a licensed mental health care provider; or
A disease or 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; or seizures.

How does a resident in Vermont register/apply to become a medical marijuana card holder in Vermont?

To become a “registered patient” with the Vermont Marijuana Registry you must complete the Registration Packet located in the Document Library. You will be responsible for completing most of the form. However, part of the form will need to be completed by your health care professional. Your health care professional must be licensed in Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, or New York to complete the form.
You are also required to provide an electronic photograph of yourself for your Marijuana Registry Identification Card. Mail the completed form to the Vermont Marijuana Registry at the address provided on the form.
The Registry will process your application within 30 days after receiving a completed application. If your application is approved, you will be notified in writing and receive a Registry Identification Card mailed to the address provided on your application. If your application is denied, you will be notified in writing and will be able to appeal the denial.

What are the application fees paid to the state of Vermont to apply for a medical marijuana card?

$50 non-refundable fee for applying as a registered patient (initial and renewal).
$50 non-refundable fee for applying as a registered caregiver (initial and renewal).
$25 non-refundable fee for reissuing a lost or stolen registry identification card and/or for changes of information contained on a registry identification card.
There are no provisions to waive the fee, pay the fee in installments, or pay the fee with a credit card. The fee must accompany each initial or renewal application. Fees must be paid by check or money order, payable to the Department of Public Safety. Please note that the fee will not be returned in the event that your application is denied.

What is the possession limit if you have a Vermont medical marijuana card?

The amount of marijuana allowed to be collectively possessed by a registered patient and the patient’s registered caregiver, is no more than two mature marijuana plants, seven immature plants, and two ounces of usable marijuana. Usable marijuana includes marijuana infused products.

How long will it take the state of Vermont to process my medical marijuana card application?

The VMR must approve or deny an application in writing within 30 days of receipt of a completed application. If there are any issues regarding the completeness of an application correspondence will be sent requesting the missing item(s). If the application is approved, the VMR will issue the applicant a registry identification card. The registry identification card and/or any other correspondence will be sent to the mailing address provided on the completed application.

Will the state of Vermont remind me when it is time to renew my medical marijuana card?

No, it is your responsibility to renew annually with the VMR by submitting the required completed applications/forms with a non-refundable $50 fee.
Please Note: When renewing, all applicants MUST submit a completed Health Care Professional Verification Form and Registered Patient Application.

How long is my Vermont medical marijuana card good for?

Once approved by the state of Vermont, your Vermont medical marijuana card is good for one year from the registration date found on the medical marijuana card/form.