Vermont Statutes Title 18. Health, § 4473. Registered patients;  qualification standards and procedures

(a) To become a registered patient, a person must be diagnosed with a debilitating medical condition by a health care professional in the course of a bona fide health care professional-patient relationship.

(b) The Department of Public Safety shall review applications to become a registered patient using the following procedures:

(1) A patient with a debilitating medical condition shall submit a signed application for registration to the Department.  A patient's initial application to the registry shall be notarized, but subsequent renewals shall not require notarization.  If the patient is under 18 years of age, the application must be signed by both the patient and a parent or guardian.  The application shall require identification and contact information for the patient and the patient's registered caregiver applying for authorization under section 4474 of this title, if any, and the patient's designated dispensary under section 4474e of this title, if any.  The applicant shall attach to the application a medical verification form developed by the Department pursuant to subdivision (2) of this subsection.

(2) The Department of Public Safety shall develop a medical verification form to be completed by a health care professional and submitted by a patient applying for registration in the program.  The form shall include:

(A) A cover sheet which includes the following:

(i) A statement of the penalties for providing false information.

(ii) Definitions of the following statutory terms:

(I) “Bona fide health care professional-patient relationship” as defined in section 4472 of this title.

(II) “Debilitating medical condition” as defined in section 4472 of this title.

(III) “Health care professional” as defined in section 4472 of this title.

(B) A verification sheet which includes the following:

(i) A statement that a bona fide health care professional-patient relationship exists under section 4472 of this title, or that under subdivision (3)(A) of this subsection (b), the debilitating medical condition is of recent or sudden onset, and the patient has not had a previous health care professional who is able to verify the nature of the disease and its symptoms.

(ii) A statement that reasonable medical efforts have been made over a reasonable amount of time without success to relieve the symptoms.

(iii) A statement that the patient has a debilitating medical condition as defined in section 4472 of this title, including the specific disease or condition which the patient has and whether the patient meets the criteria under section 4472 .

(iv) A signature line which provides in substantial part:  “I certify that I meet the definition of ‘health care professional’ under 18 V.S.A. § 4472 , that I am a health care professional in good standing in the State of ․․․․․․․․․․․․․․․․․․․․․․․․․․․․․․, and that the facts stated above are accurate to the best of my knowledge and belief.”

(v) The health care professional's contact information, license number, category of his or her health care profession as defined in subdivision 4472(6) of this title, and contact information for the out-of-state licensing agency, if applicable.  The Department of Public Safety shall adopt rules for verifying the good standing of out-of-state health care professionals.

(3)(A) The Department of Public Safety shall transmit the completed medical verification form to the health care professional and contact him or her for purposes of confirming the accuracy of the information contained in the form.  The Department may approve an application, notwithstanding the six-month requirement in section 4472 of this title, if the Department is satisfied that the medical verification form confirms that the debilitating medical condition is of recent or sudden onset, and that the patient has not had a previous health care professional who is able to verify the nature of the disease and its symptoms.

(B) If the health care professional is licensed in another state as provided section 4472 of this title, the Department shall verify that the health care professional is in good standing in that state.

(4) The Department shall approve or deny the application for registration in writing within 30 days from receipt of a completed registration application.  If the application is approved, the Department shall issue the applicant a registration card which shall include the registered patient's name and photograph, the registered patient's designated dispensary, if any, and a unique identifier for law enforcement verification purposes under section 4474d of this title.

(5)(A) A Review Board is established.  The Review Board shall comprise three members:

(i) a physician appointed by the Medical Practice Board;

(ii) a naturopathic physician appointed by the Office of Professional Regulation;  and

(iii) an advanced practice registered nurse appointed by the Office of Professional Regulation.

(B) The Board shall meet periodically to review studies, data, and any other information relevant to the use of marijuana for symptom relief.  The Board may make recommendations to the General Assembly for adjustments and changes to this chapter.

(C) Members of the Board shall serve for three-year terms, beginning February 1 of the year in which the appointment is made, except that the first members appointed shall serve as follows:  one for a term of two years, one for a term of three years, and one for a term of four years.  Members shall be entitled to per diem compensation authorized under 32 V.S.A. § 1010 .  Vacancies shall be filled in the same manner as the original appointment for the unexpired portion of the term vacated.

(D) If an application under subdivision (1) of this subsection (b) is denied, within seven days the patient may appeal the denial to the Board.  Review shall be limited to information submitted by the patient under subdivision (1) of this subsection, and consultation with the patient's treating health care professional.  All records relating to the appeal shall be kept confidential.  An appeal shall be decided by majority vote of the members of the Board.


FindLaw Codes are provided courtesy of Thomson Reuters Westlaw, the industry-leading online legal research system. For more detailed codes research information, including annotations and citations, please visit Westlaw.

FindLaw Codes may not reflect the most recent version of the law in your jurisdiction. Please verify the status of the code you are researching with the state legislature or via Westlaw before relying on it for your legal needs.