Vermont S.186: Medical Cannabis Bill Summary

Heady Vermont Staff 8 Jan 2022

Vermont S.186: An act relating to the Medical Cannabis Registry

S.186 was introduced for the first time on January 4, 2022 by Sen. Richard Sears and referred to the Committee on Health and Welfare.

This bill proposes to:

  • Delay the implementation of the new medical cannabis statutes from March 1, 2022 to 8 July 1, 2022;
  • Eliminate the requirement that a patient diagnosed with PTSD be engaged with psychotherapy or counseling with a licensed mental health care provider to qualify for the Registry;
  • Increase the number of cannabis plants a registered patient or the patient’s caregiver may cultivate;
  • Eliminate the requirement that caregivers be fingerprinted and have a criminal history record check, but require that the Board check the caregivers’ names against the Child Protection Registry maintained by the Department for Children and Families and from the Vulnerable Adult Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation Registry maintained by the Department of Disabilities, Aging, and Independent Living;
  • Allow a caregiver to serve two patients; and
  • Eliminate the Registry annual renewal fee for patients who have a qualifying condition other than chronic pain and the caregivers who serve those patients.

Summary of Vermont S.186 as introduced.

More Vermont cannabis laws and licensing resources.

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