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Recreational and medical marijuana are both legal in Vermont with medical legalized in 2004 and recreational legalized in 2018. Read on to learn more about Vermont's current marijuana laws and where you can find a marijuana dispensary in Vermont.

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What you need to know about Vermont’s Cannabis Laws

  • Both recreational and medical marijuana are legal in the state of Vermont
  • Recreational dispensaries are scheduled to begin sales in mid-late 2022
  • Vermont is home to several marijuana dispensaries located across the state
  • It is legal to cultivate up to two mature marijuana plants and four immature plants for adults over the age of 21
  • Medical patients may possess two ounces of marijuana, two mature plants and seven immature marijuana plants
  • Vermont was the first state to legalize recreational marijuana via the state legislature in 2018 and not by a ballot initiative

Vermont Recreational Marijuana Laws

In 2018, marijuana was legalized for use by adults over the age of 21 in Vermont. If you live in Vermont or are visiting the state, you may possess up to one ounce of marijuana and up to five grams of hash or concentrates. Despite legalization, retail sales in Vermont are still on hold as the government aims to begin retail sales in mid-late 2022. Residents of Vermont may grow up to two mature marijuana plants and four immature plants per person.

Residents and visitors can find medical dispensaries in Vermont with PotAdvisor today. As retail sales begin in Vermont we will continue to add recreational dispensaries to our dispensary list in Vermont. Check out the city maps (linked below) to find the closest recreational or medical dispensary near you.

Vermont Medical Marijuana Laws

Since 2004, doctors in Vermont have been able to prescribe marijuana for patients with a qualifying condition. Despite legalization, medical dispensaries did not begin selling marijuana to patients until 2011. There are a variety of qualifying conditions including cancer, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, seizures, PTSD and among other conditions. Medical marijuana patients may possess two ounces of marijuana and grow two mature plants and seven immature plants at one time. The main advantage of being a medical marijuana patient, aside from access to dispensaries, is the increased number of plants and marijuana you are legally able to possess.

How to get your Medical Marijuana Card in Vermont

Residents of Vermont can apply for a medical marijuana card with the Vermont Medical Registry online. Applicants will need to obtain and provide a Health Care Professional Verification Form from a physician to use medical marijuana as a form of treatment. This form certifies that a patient suffers from a qualifying medical condition. Medical marijuana patients planning to grow marijuana must include the address where they will be growing marijuana in their application. Applying for a medical marijuana card costs $50.

Medical marijuana patients in Vermont must renew their medical card annually, within 30 to 90 days prior to the expiration date listed on their medical card.

Vermont Marijuana Timeline

Vermont Marijuana Timeline

Additional Marijuana Laws to be Aware of in Vermont

  • Public use or consumption of marijuana is illegal in Vermont in public places or anywhere smoking tobacco is banned
  • It is illegal to drive a vehicle under the influence of marijuana – suspected offenders may be asked to submit to a chemical test of their breath if expected of driving while impaired
  • If cultivating marijuana for personal use, plants must not be visible to the public and inaccessible for anyone under the age of 21
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