Vermont Governor Signs Medical Marijuana Expansion Bill Into Law

MONTPELIER, VT — Vermont Governor Phil Scott has signed into law a bill to expand the state’s medical marijuana program.

Senate Bill 16, which received overwhelming support in both chambers of the state legislature, was aimed at improving access to medical marijuana in Vermont.

Among the changes made by the new law:

  • Patients and caregivers may now grow their own cannabis, even if they are also registered with a dispensary;
  • Three new ailments have been added to the list of conditions that qualify for medical marijuana in Vermont: post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), Chron’s disease, and Parkinson’s disease;
  • The number of medical marijuana dispensaries authorized in Vermont will be doubled from four to eight;
  • Dispensaries may now grow cannabis outdoors, provided the plants are grown in an enclosed, locked facility shielded from public view;
  • Dispensaries are no longer required to be non-profit;
  • Dispensaries may have up to two locations; and
  • Strengthened testing requirements for marijuana infused edible products

Originally, the bill also sought to increase the amount of marijuana a patient is allowed to possess from two ounces to three, but that increase did not make it into the final bill as passed.

The full text of the bill, as enrolled, can be found here.

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