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Title 18 : Health

Chapter 086 : THERAPEUTIC USE OF CANNABIS

Subchapter 002 : MARIJUANA FOR MEDICAL SYMPTOM USE BY PERSONS WITH SEVERE ILLNESS

(Cite as: 18 V.S.A. § 4474c)
  • § 4474c. Prohibitions, restrictions, and limitations regarding the use of marijuana for symptom relief

    (a) This subchapter shall not exempt any person from arrest or prosecution for:

    (1) Being under the influence of marijuana while:

    (A) operating a motor vehicle, boat, or vessel, or any other vehicle propelled or drawn by power other than muscular power;

    (B) in a workplace or place of employment; or

    (C) operating heavy machinery or handling a dangerous instrumentality.

    (2) The use or possession of marijuana or marijuana-infused products by a registered patient or the possession of marijuana or marijuana-infused products by a registered caregiver:

    (A) for purposes other than symptom relief as permitted by this subchapter; or

    (B) in a manner that endangers the health or well-being of another person.

    (3) The smoking of marijuana in any public place, including:

    (A) a school bus, public bus, or other public vehicle;

    (B) a workplace or place of employment;

    (C) any school grounds;

    (D) any correctional facility; or

    (E) any public park, public beach, public recreation center, or youth center.

    (b) This chapter shall not be construed to require that coverage or reimbursement for the use of marijuana for symptom relief be provided by:

    (1) a health insurer as defined by section 9402 of this title, or any insurance company regulated under Title 8;

    (2) Medicaid or any other public health care assistance program;

    (3) an employer; or

    (4) for purposes of workers' compensation, an employer as defined in 21 V.S.A. § 601(3).

    (c) A registered patient or registered caregiver who elects to grow marijuana to be used for symptom relief by the patient may do so only if the marijuana is cultivated in a single, secure indoor facility.

    (d) [Repealed.]

    (e) Within 72 hours after the death of a registered patient, the patient's registered caregiver shall return to the Department of Public Safety for disposal any marijuana or marijuana plants in the possession of the patient or registered caregiver at the time of the patient's death. If the patient did not have a registered caregiver, the patient's next of kin shall contact the Department of Public Safety within 72 hours after the patient's death and shall ask the Department to retrieve such marijuana and marijuana plants for disposal.

    (f) Notwithstanding any law to the contrary, a person who knowingly gives to any law enforcement officer false information to avoid arrest or prosecution, or to assist another in avoiding arrest or prosecution, shall be imprisoned for not more than one year or fined not more than $1,000.00 or both. This penalty shall be in addition to any other penalties that may apply for the possession or use of marijuana. (Added 2003, No. 135 (Adj. Sess.), § 1; amended 2009, No. 67 (Adj. Sess.), § 109; 2011, No. 65, § 1, eff. June 2, 2011; 2013, No. 79, § 19, eff. Jan. 1, 2014; 2018, No. 8 (Sp. Sess.), § 17, eff. June 28, 2018.)