Medical Cannabis has been used in treating or alleviating the pain, nausea, and other symptoms associated with a variety of debilitating medical conditions.
Unfortunately, many individuals who may benefit from Medical Cannabis are either uncertain or unaware of how to obtain access to it.
At Mora Mota Group, we're posting a FAQ list that can help provide insight into the Vermont Marijuana Registry Program.
Frequently Asked Questions
+ What is the VMRP?
The Vermont Marijuana Registry Program (VMRP) is a state patient registration program that went into effect on July 1, 2004.
+ Why was the VMRP Established?
The Department of Public Saftey is tasked with implementing the VMRP to assist individuals applying for a registry identification card and oversee the operations of the four registered dispensaries in Vermont that provide marijuana for symptom relief to registered patients.
+ How do I register for the VMRP?
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 registered patient must be a resident of Vermont and has been issued a registration card by the VMRP.
+ What are the qualifying medical conditions?
A patient must be diagnosed by a qualifying medical professional for one of the following conditions:
- Multiple sclerosis
- Positive status for human immunodeficiency virus
- Acquired immune deficiency syndrome
- The treatment of these conditions, if the disease or the treatment results in severe, persistent, and intractable symptoms.
A disease, 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
+ Who are the qualified medical professionals?
Accepted Health Care Professional types include:
- Physician (M.D. or D.O.)
- Physician Assistant (P.A. or PA-C)
- Vermont Naturopathic Physician (N.D.)
- Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN)
The VMRP does not require specialized training for the listed Health Care Professionals to complete the form.
+ What VRMP Applications and Forms am I required to submit?
A patient applying for a registry identification card shall submit the following completed applications/forms:
- Registered Patient Application
- Health Care Professional Verification Form
- An electronic photograph
- $50 non-refundable fee.
Qualified patients are required to be domiciled in Vermont, with a bona fide health care professional-relationship, may submit a completed Department-approved application. A patient without a bona fide health care professional-patient relationship whose medical condition is of recent or sudden onset may also submit such an application.
+ How much cannabis can I posses while registered under the VRMP?
A registered patient may possess no more than two mature marijuana plants, seven immature plants, and two ounces of usable marijuana collectively between the registered patient and the patient’s registered caregiver (if applicable).
+ What about Primary Caregivers Registered under the VRMP?
To become a registered caregiver in Vermont, you must be:
- 21 years of age
- Never been convicted of a drug-related crime
- Agree to undertake the responsibility of managing the well-being of a registered patient with respect to the use of “marijuana for symptom relief.”
Persons applying to be a caregiver must sign a release form for a criminal background check. The required registered Caregiver application is available here.
+ Where can I get more Information?
You may access the DPS website here.