Frequently Asked Questions by Patients and Caregivers
Governor Phil Scott has issued an executive order to declare a state of emergency in Vermont in response to COVID-19, commonly known as the new coronavirus. Under the authority of Department of Public Safety, registry ID cards were extended 90 days beyond their expiration date. Dispensaries are permitted to dispense cannabis for symptom relief to patients and caregivers with registry ID cards that have expired in the past 90 days.
UPDATE: The extension of registry identification card expiration dates for patients and caregivers has been reduced from 90 days to 30 days beginning on May 31, 2021. The 30-day extension of registry identification card expiration dates for patients and caregivers will continue for 30 days after the last day of the State of Emergency, to avoid interruptions to patients accessing cannabis for symptom relief.
The Vermont Marijuana Registry is working remotely due to COVID-19 and are not generally in the office. Please contact staff via email or phone and someone will respond to you as soon as possible.
The links below will bring you to the appropriate section below.
- What qualifies as a debilitating medical condition?
- How long will it take to process my application?
- What are the photo requirements?
- What are the fees?
- Will the VMR remind me when I need to renew my registry identification card?
- Where can I located the forms to renew my registry identification card?
- What is a registered caregiver and am I required to have one?
- Can I register as a caregiver, if I am a registered patient?
- Is my confidentiality protected?
- Can I purchase usable cannabis from a registered dispensary and cultivate cannabis?
- Where can I find information about the dispensaries and their locations?
- How do I change my designated dispensary?
- Can my registered caregiver and I designate a different dispensary?
- Can I purchase clones or seeds from a registered dispensary?
- How much cannabis is a registered patient allowed to possess?
- If I decide to cultivate cannabis as a registered patient what are the requirements?
- How do I file a complaint about my dispensary?
- Is the use of cannabis prohibited by the Vermont DMV Total Abstinence Program if I am a registered patient?
- Where can I find information about firearms?
A debilitating medical condition means:
- Multiple sclerosis
- Crohn's disease
- Parkinson's disease
if the disease or the treatment results in severe, persistent, and intractable symptoms.
PTSD (requires the Mental Health Care Provider Form)
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
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.
Initial applicants MUST submit a digital photo. Renewal applicants only need to submit a photo if his or her appearance has significantly changed.
The photo must be:
• In color
• Reflect your current appearance (taken within the last 6 months)
• A clear image of ONLY you (not blurry, grainy, or fuzzy)
• Full face-and-shoulder shot, squarely facing the camera (no sunglasses or hats)
• Do not scan your driver's license or another photo ID. The scanned image will not be of high enough quality to meet the requirements.
Submitting a Photo – To submit a photo, send an email from your computer, cell phone, or mobile device with the following information:
• Subject Line: Application Photo
• Include your date of birth with your first and last name in the body of the email
• Attach your photo
• Email Address: DPS.MJRegistry@vermont.gov
• Receipt: A email will be sent by the VMR staff confirming acceptance of your photo.
If you are unable to email a photo, a photo may be submitted on a CD.
There is a $50 non-refundable fee for each application for a registry identification card. The fee must accompany each initial and renewal application. Checks and money orders must be made out to the Department of Public Safety and dated. Please note that the fee will not be returned in the event that your application is denied.
There is a $25 processing fee for reissuing a lost or stolen registry identification card and for any changes to the information contained on a registry identification card. The fee must accompany a Change of Information form.
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.
That forms are located on our Applications and Forms page. The Registration Packet includes all the forms you will need to renew your registry identification card. There is not a separate applications for renewals, please follow the instructions on the form. If you do not have a caregiver you do not need to complete those pages. If your Health Care Professional indicated you have a debilitating medical condition, other than PTSD, you are not required to submit the Mental Health Care Provider Form. We will use the photo we have on-file unless an updated photo is submitted prior to receiving your renewal.
All patients renewing thier registry identification cards must submit the following:
- Pages 1-3 completed of the Registration Packet or a completed Registered Patient Application;
- Health Care Professional Verification Form completed by your Health Care Professional; and
- $50 fee (check or money order).
A registered caregiver is a person who is a Vermont resident, at least 21 years of age, and has met the criminal history record eligibility standards for approval. A caregiver is a person who has agreed to undertake responsibility for managing the well-being of a registered patient with respect to the use of cannabis for symptom relief. Additionally, a caregiver can go to the dispensary and receive deliveries for his or her patient and/or assist with cannabis cultivation.
A patient applying for a registry identification card with the VMR is not required to have a registered caregiver.
Please Note: A registered patient who is under 18 years of age may have two registered caregivers.
Yes, but you cannot register as your own caregiver. If you are a registered patient without a caregiver you are already serving as your own caregiver. If you are a registered patient, and another registered patient requests your assistance with respect of cultivating or purchasing cannabis from a dispensary, you may apply as a caregiver. The eligibility requirements above still apply.
Yes, applications and supporting information for patients, caregivers, and health care professionals is confidential. Limited information or records may be disclosed only in the following circumstances:
• Pursuant to a court order;
• With the written permission from the applicant;
• For prosecution for false swearing under 13 V.S.A. § 2904;
• To a Vermont law enforcement officer or agency for verifying information in response to person-specific or property-specific inquiry made in the course of a bona fide investigation or prosecution; or
• To a registered patient’s treating or consulting health care professional and to a registered patient’s caregiver.
Information about individuals (patients, caregivers, dispensary personnel, etc.) is NOT part of the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS).
Yes, a registered patient may obtain cannabis from the patient's designated dispensary and cultivate cannabis. A registered patient may designate only one dispensary. If a registered patient designates a dispensary, his or her caregiver may only schedule appointments at his or her registered patient’s designated dispensary.
Information about the dispensaries can be located here and on the Dispensaries page of our website.
Currently there are five dispensaries operating in Vermont and offering delivery to registered patients and caregivers. They are located in:
- South Burlington
A registered patient who wishes to change his or her designated dispensary must complete a Change of Information form and submit a $25 fee. The VMR usually can issue a new registry identification card within 10 days of receiving the Change of Information form and $25 fee. A registered patient may only change his or her designated dispensary once in any 30-day period.
No, a registered caregiver does not designate a dispensary. The registered patient determines his or her designated dispensary.
Yes, you may purchase clones or seeds from your designated dispensary.
Please note: Registered dispensaries have the option to sell clones and seeds.
“Possession limit” is defined by Vermont law to mean the amount of cannabis collectively possessed between the registered patient and the patient's registered caregiver that is not more than two mature marijuana plants, seven immature plants, and two ounces of usable cannabis. Any cannabis harvested from the plants shall not count toward the two-ounce possession limit, provided it is stored in an indoor facility on the property where the cannabis was cultivated and reasonable precautions are taken to prevent unauthorized access to the cannabis.
PLEASE NOTE: The possession limit remains the same even if a registered patient registers as a caregiver for another registered patient.
Personal cultivation of cannabis by a patient or caregiver on behalf of a patient may only occur in an enclosure screened from public view and is secure limiting access to the patient, caregiver, and persons over 21 years old with permission from the patient. The cultivation location must be:
- On property lawfully in possession of the patient or caregiver.
2. With written consent of the person in lawful possession of the property.
To file a complaint about your dispensary click here. The Vermont Marijuana Registry provides the public with the option to file a complaint against any licensed dispensary in Vermont. In addition to filing a complaint, the Registry recommends filing a report with your local law enforcement agency related to any illegal activity. All complaints are investigated.
Yes, because cannabis is not a prescribed drug. A Health Care Professional confirms a patient's a debilitating medical condition. Health Care Professionals are not prescribing or recommending the use of cannabis. For more information click here to visit the Department of Motor Vehicle's Total Abstinence Program website.
You can locate information about firearms on our Additional Resources page. You may also click here to visit the ATF's website. Information about individuals (patients, caregivers, dispensary personnel, etc.) regardless of their statutes on the Registry is NOT part of the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS).