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Title 18 : Health



(Cite as: 18 V.S.A. § 4474c)
  •  [Section 4474c repealed effective March 1, 2022]

    § 4474c. Prohibitions, restrictions, and limitations regarding the use of cannabis for symptom relief

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

    (1) Being under the influence of cannabis 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 cannabis or cannabis-infused products by a registered patient or the possession of cannabis or cannabis-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 cannabis 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 cannabis 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) Personal cultivation of cannabis by a patient or caregiver on behalf of a patient shall only occur:

    (1) on property lawfully in possession of the cultivator or with the written consent of the person in lawful possession of the property; and

    (2) in an enclosure that is screened from public view and is secure so that access is limited to the cultivator and persons 21 years of age or older who have permission from the cultivator.

    (d) [Repealed.]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 cannabis or cannabis 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 cannabis and cannabis 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 cannabis. (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; 2019, No. 40, § 9; repealed on March 1, 2022 by 2019, No. 164 (Adj. Sess.), § 11.)