Vermont Would Only Allow 1000 People to Use Medical Marijuana

January 30th, 2012 by admin Leave a reply »

When you hear us and other outlets refer to “sixteen medical marijuana states and DC,” you should be careful to remember that really means there’s pseudo-legalized California, five semi-functional medical marijuana states (Colorado, Washington, Oregon, Montana*, and Michigan), four quasi-functional medical marijuana states (Hawaii, Rhode Island, New Mexico, Arizona), four dysfunctional medical marijuana states (Alaska, Maine, Nevada, and Vermont), and three medical marijuana states in name only (New Jersey, Delaware, and DC) that haven’t actually protected any users.

What I mean by that: In California, anyone who wants to use marijuana for a medical purpose can do so.  In the “semi-functional” states, most of the serious medical users can qualify and have some level of access to medicine.  In the “quasi-functional” states, fewer people are able to qualify and access.  In the “dysfunctional” states, less than 1,000 users qualify.

Now in Vermont, the proponents of a dispensary system there want to ensure that Vermont remains “dysfunctional” by capping the total number of qualifying patients – by law – to only 1,000.

Vermont has about 450 medical marijuana patients. They currently grow their own marijuana or have a designated caregiver do it for them. However, that will change soon.

As many as four distribution centers state-wide could be operational by the end of the year. Legislation prohibits more and limits the number of patients in the state to 1,000.

According to the Vermont Department of Public Health, “about one out of three American women and one out of two American men now living will eventually have

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