Vermont Senate Bill 247 officially took effect Tuesday, making several improvements to the state’s medical cannabis program. Those improvements include removing a limit of 1,000 patients per dispensary, legalizing the distribution of medical cannabis via delivery and authorizing a study to determine whether post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) should be added as a condition that qualifies someone to become a medical cannabis patient.
Senate Bill 247 also allows naturopaths to give recommendations for medical cannabis. Another change removes a restriction requiring people to stay with the same physician at least 6 months to receive a medical cannabis recommendation from them.
An additional alteration to the program allows someone to become a registered caregiver if they’ve been convicted of a past drug-related crime, whereas before the new law took effect someone with a drug charge was prohibited from being a caregiver. Dispensaries will now be authorized to possess up to 4 ounces of usable cannabis per patient, rather than the prior limit of 2.
The full bill can be found by clicking here.