In 2004, the Vermont General Assembly passed S. 76, An Act Relating to Marijuana Use by Persons with Severe Illness. This piece of legislation creates an exemption in state law from criminal penalties for the use of marijuana to alleviate the symptoms or effects of a debilitating medical condition as long as it is done in compliance with 18 V.S.A. Chapter 86. The law also creates a registry of individuals who are eligible to receive this exemption. A person who is eligible to receive this exemption may choose a person who is at least 21 years old to undertake the responsibility for managing their well being with respect to the use of marijuana for symptom relief.
The Vermont General Assembly placed the responsibility for managing this program and creating the registry within the Department of Public Safety. The Department of Public Safety is referring to this program as the Marijuana Registry. The responsibilities for implementation and administration are assigned to the Vermont Criminal Information Center. The Vermont Criminal Information Center is a section within the Department that manages a diverse set of databases and has as one of its missions the protection of the confidentiality and privacy of the personal identifying information contained in these databases.
Use the links in the menu box on the right to navigate the Medical Marijuana Registry site.
Applications are now available for those individuals/groups that would like to apply for a Marijuana Dispensary operating certificate. These are available via the Marijuana Dispensary link to the right.
**Note: This program is for Vermont Residents ONLY!