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Medical Marijuana Law Vermont

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Vermont Laws

MEDICAL LAWS:

In July of 2004 medical marijuana patients in the Green Mountain State were finally allowed to possess, use and cultivate their own medical cannabis to treat diagnosed ailments. The state of Vermont has allowed the use of cannabis to treat the following medical conditions:

  • Cachexia
  • Cancer
  • Chronic Pain
  • Epilepsy
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Lou Gehrig's Disease
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Legalities:

    Medical cannabis patients and their caregivers are permitted to possess up to 2 ounces of marijuana buds. One of the downsides to the medical marijuana laws in Vermont is that an amendment to the bill in 2007 raised the amount a patient could cultivate from 3 plants (1 mature, 2 immature) to 9 total (2 mature, 7 immature). However this amendment did not raise the amount a patient or caregiver is permitted to possess. This amendment also makes it possible for doctors in states that neighbor Vermont to prescribe medical marijuana to Vermont residents. 4 medical marijuana dispensaries are also permitted in the state, each allowed to serve up to a maximum of 1,000 Vermont medical marijuana patients.

    For additional information on the medical marijuana program in Vermont, individuals are encouraged to contact the following agency:

  • Marijuana Registry
  • Department of Public Safety
  • 03 South Main Street
  • Waterbury, VT 05671
  • (802)-241-5115
  • www.safeaccessnow.org
  • RECREATIONAL LAWS:

    Vermont has neither incredibly strict nor highly lax laws governing the recreational use of cannabis. For first-time offenders caught with less than 2 ounces, they will face a misdemeanor with up to 6 months jail time and a $500 fine. Second-time offenders caught with the same amount will face a second misdemeanor charge, up to 2 years in jail and a $2,000 fine. Offenders caught in possession of 2 ounces to 1 pound will face a felony offense, punishable by up to 3 years in prison and a $3,000 fine. 1 to 10 pounds is also a felony that will land a person in prison for up to 5 years and stuck with a hefty $100,000 fine. Getting caught in possession of an amount greater than 10 pounds will result in up to 15 years incarceration and a $500,000 fine.

    Sale of any amount under a half-ounce is a misdemeanor charge with up to 2 years in jail and $2,000 in fines. Anything from a half-ounce to one pound results in a felony with up to 5 years in prison and $100,000 in fines. 1 pound to 50 pounds is also a felony, punishable by up to 15 years incarceration and $500,000 in fines to pay. Selling more than 50 pounds is a felony that can result in 30 years spent behind bars and a $1 MILLION fine! Getting caught selling any amount of cannabis to a minor is an automatic felony with up to 5 years prison time and a $25,000 fine.

    Any individual(s) caught growing 3 to 10 plants face a felony with 3 years prison time and a $10,000 fine. Vermont law classifies cultivating 1 or 2 plants as possession. Growing 11 to 25 plants is also a felony that can result in 5 years behind bars and a $100,000 fine. Anyone caught growing more than 25 plants will face a felony with the possibility of 15 years behind bars and a $500,000 fine.

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    lindzzz | May 29, 2011
     
    Oh man, two plants is so little for two people. I am concerned that the small limit might cause patients to have to seek out illegally grown cannabis.
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    Guest | Feb 10, 2011
     
    Great info and progress is being forged here. But for the most part the supply limits are nothing short of oppressive in most of the states! Mine being one of the offenders of this oppression! Those who at this point make us jump through hoops to follow our path to health and happiness need to look in the mirror and ask! What we call control, is it not really a baseless fear, born through greed and ignorance? Their answer with any basic research has to be yes! Controls need to be in place there is no doubt in that. This is the thing it must protect the patient in our pursuit of health and happiness, not limit our medication through oppression. It's time to stop living their lies! And start saving our lives!!! The last seventy plus years have just destroyed all of our healths, I for one have started to take back my right to health and happiness! And in a very short period of time my sense of well being has improved greatly! Medical grade marijuana can not be purchased on the street with any measure of safety or affordability! And with the cost of equipment (grow rooms) to meet most states controls we are forced to use substandard medicines. How can this be allowed! After all the info I have seen, proves they have lied for 70 plus years. This plant has caused no harm no foul, we've been lied to, the cannabis plant is harmless! For thousands of years it has given to humanity; food, fiber, fuel, and medicine. What more could you ask of a harmless plant? DJL Vermont