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Rhode Island Medical Marijuana Law Fact Sheet

Rhode Island Medical Marijuana Law Fact Sheet

Posted by Marijuana Doctors on 04/04/2010 in Medical Marijuana Laws

How do I get medical marijuana in Rhode Island? Is it legal to use marijuana, cannabis, weed or pot for medicinal purposes in Rhode Island? Is there a difference between marijuana recommendations and marijuana prescriptions? How do I find a medical marijuana doctor?

With different laws and guidelines for each medical marijuana state, it can be difficult for patients to find the answers to these questions. So we’ve compiled this Rhode Island Medical Marijuana Law Fact Sheet to make it a little easier to obtain the medicine you need.

State Measure: Edward O. Hawkins and Thomas C. Slater Medical Marijuana Act
Date Passed: Made permanent June 21, 2007
Defenses Provided: Rhode Island’s medical marijuana law provides exemption from prosecution for patients in lawful possession of a registry card (AKA cannabis card); Patients are also given an affirmative defense if they are not registered but are in compliance with the law.
Medical Marijuana Uses: Under Rhode Island medical marijuana law, medical cannabis may be used for the following conditions:

Cancer, Glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C, A chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition or its treatment that produces one or more of the following: Cachexia or wasting syndrome; Severe, debilitating, chronic pain; Severe nausea; Seizures, including those characteristic of epilepsy; or Severe and persistent muscle spasms, including those characteristic of multiple sclerosis or Crohn’s disease; or agitation of Alzheimer’s Disease.

Documentation Needed: In order to qualify for medical marijuana in Rhode Island, patients must obtain a statement signed by the patient’s medical practitioner stating that the person has been diagnosed with a debilitating medical condition and that “potential benefits of the medical use of marijuana would likely outweigh the health risks for the qualifying patient.” Patients must also register with the state Department of Health.
Marijuana Card Program: Medical marijuana patients in Rhode Island must register with the state Department of Public Safety Health to receive a registry identification card (aka medical marijuana card) from the Rhode Island Medical Marijuana Program. Patients can download an application here.
Cannabis Possession and Growing Limits: Medical cannabis patients in Rhode Island may possess up to 2.5 usable ounces of marijuana and 12 plants. Rhode Island does not allow patients to purchase marijuana at dispensaries at this time.
Caregiver Provisions: Medical marijuana patients in Rhode Island may designate two caregivers to possess, transport and grow cannabis on the patient’s behalf.

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