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ACT SUMMARY 2007-2008


ACT NO. 58

(S. 7)

Health; medical marijuana

This act makes various changes to the existing law governing the use of marijuana for medical purposes. The act broadens the range of medical conditions that may qualify a patient for the program by adding conditions that are chronic, severe, and produce wasting symptoms, severe pain, nausea, or seizures. It also increases the number of immature plants a patient may possess from two to seven and the number of mature plants from one to two. It also authorizes physicians from Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and New York to make the necessary diagnosis for a patient to be eligible for the program and directs the department of public safety to contact that state’s medical practice board to verify the physician is in good standing. The act directs the department of public safety to develop a medical verification form, which is to be completed by a patient’s physician. The department will use the completed form to verify the patient has complied with the requirements of the law before it decides whether to approve the patient’s application. Finally, the act decreases the application fee for the program from $100.00 to $50.00.

Effective Date: July 1, 2007.

Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont