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The Vermont House of Representatives passed a bill Tuesday in a voice vote that would loosen Vermont’s medical marijuana laws. The House had given preliminary approval to the legislation, S.14, by a vote of 133 to 13 on Monday.
Vermont currently has strict laws that require a person who wants a medical marijuana card to have a “debilitating medical condition” and a recommendation from a doctor who has seen the patient for the condition for at least six months.
The debilitating medical condition can be a terminal illness, intractable severe pain, or any of four conditions: HIV, AIDS, cancer or multiple sclerosis. The person can qualify only if the doctor certifies that other medical efforts have failed to treat the condition.
The Senate passed a version of S.14 in 2015 that requires medical marijuana dispensaries to offer their edible products with child-resistant packaging and to identify the amount of tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, in all edible product.