2004 – Vermont becomes the 9th state to approve medical cannabis by adopting “An act relating to marijuana use by persons with severe illness” which established a registry within the Department of Public Safety for patients and their
caregivers who are permitted to possess and cultivate cannabis.
2011 – Vermont enacted legislation to allow up to four dispensaries to provide cannabis to a maximum of 1,000 registered patients. The Dept. of Public Safety was directed to adopt rules and provide oversight for dispensaries.
2014 – The Legislature eliminated the patient cap, authorized delivery to patients, and permitted naturopaths to qualify patients for the registry.
2017 – New legislation, S.16, expanded the list of conditions that qualify for the medical marijuana registry to include Parkinson’s disease, Crohn’s disease and post-traumatic stress disorder. PTSD patients are also required to receive regular psychiatric or therapeutic care in order to qualify. Lastly, it created one additional dispensary license, bringing the total number of dispensaries in the state to five. PhytoCare Vermont secured this license.
Under the law, another medical license will be created when the number of registered patients in Vermont reaches 7,000.
The Control Board takes over the medical program from the Department of Public Safety on January 1 2022.