Medical (Comprehensive) and Recreational (Limited – No Sales)

Important Dates

2004: Senate Bill 76 legalized medical marijuana.
2007: The medical marijuana law was amended to include additional detail such as defining qualifying conditions.
2013: Marijuana was decriminalized, making the possession of an ounce or less a civil violation.
2018: Recreational cannabis was legalized in the state of Vermont.


In 2004, Governor James Douglas allowed S. 76 to pass, legalizing medical marijuana for those with qualifying medical conditions. In 2013, Governor Peter Shumlin decriminalized marijuana by signing H. 200, making the possession of up to an ounce of marijuana a civil infraction. In 2018, Governor Phil Scott signed H. 511 making marijuana legal for adults 21+ however, there is currently no framework in place for the sale of recreational marijuana. This marked the first time in history that a state’s legislature ended marijuana prohibition vs. ending it by a vote.


Can I possess, buy or grow marijuana in Vermont?

Medical marijuana patients who suffer from one of the qualifying conditions can possess up to two ounces of useable marijuana at one time. Qualifying medical conditions include but are not limited to:

  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Cancer
  • Glaucoma

Patients can obtain marijuana from only the single dispensary that they designate on their application. Patients may possess up to two mature plants and seven immature plants at a time.

Recreational users can possess up to one ounce of marijuana at a time. Currently, there is no framework in place for the purchase of recreational marijuana. Recreational users are able to possess up to two mature plants and four immature plants at a time.

Can I operate a vehicle while under the influence of marijuana in Vermont?

Vermont law states that a person is guilty of a DUI if they are under the influence of any drug which renders them incapable of operating a vehicle safely.

How do I get a medical marijuana card in Vermont?

In order to become a medical marijuana patient, you must have a recommendation from a health care professional that you’ve had a relationship with for at least three months. The patient must submit the recommendation along with a Vermont Marijuana Registry (VMR) registration packet and a fee to the Department of Public Safety.

Can I use marijuana in public in Vermont?

No, marijuana must be consumed in a private dwelling.

Can I sell marijuana in Vermont?

Only medical marijuana dispensaries can sell marijuana at this time.


The information presented here should not be construed as legal advice. State and Federal laws are always subject to change. We aim to keep this page as updated as possible; however, for additional information regarding Vermont marijuana laws, please see Find Law and the National Conference of State Legislatures.