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Rhode Island Medical Marijuana Qualification

Who Qualifies for Medicinal Marijuana in Rhode Island

On January 3, 2006, the state of Rhode Island passed the Edward O. Hawkins and Thomas C. Slater Medical Marijuana Act, which removes state-level criminal penalties on the use, possession and cultivation of medical marijuana (also referred to as medical weed, medical pot or medical cannabis) by patients who possess "written certification" from their physician stating, "In the practitioner's professional opinion, the potential benefits of the medical use of marijuana would likely outweigh the health risks for the qualifying patient."  Qualifying patients must register with and receive an identification card, also referred to as a medical marijuana card or cannabis card, from the Rhode Island Medical Marijuana Program.

Read the full text of the Edward O. Hawkins and Thomas C. Slater Medical Marijuana Act here.

How to Become a Medical Marijuana Patient in Rhode Island

  • Must be a resident of Rhode Island with a valid Rhode Island I.D. as proof of residency. If you do not have a Rhode Island I.D. an out of state I.D., passport, or other photo I.D. with proof of residency such as bank statement, utility bill, etc. is acceptable.
  • Obtain a copy of your medical records indicating diagnosis of a qualifying condition, as listed below. Learn how to request your medical records and remember to bring these records with you to your marijuana evaluation appointment.
  • Obtain written certificationfrom a physician licensed in the state of Rhode Island that that you are a qualifying patient.You can find a qualified medical marijuana doctor in Rhode Island here.
  • Register with the Rhode Island Medical Marijuana Program to receive a registry identification card aka medical marijuana card by sending your application form and application fee to the address listed below. Patients can download an application here

What Ailments Can Be Treated with Medical Cannabis?

Patients in Rhode Island diagnosed with the following illnesses are afforded legal protection under the Medical Marijuana Act:

Other conditions are subject to approval by the Rhode Island Department of Health.

Medical Marijuana Access

Some medical marijuana patients will claim they have a doctor's prescription for medical marijuana, but marijuana prescriptions are in fact illegal. The federal government classifies marijuana as a schedule I drug. Therefore doctors are unable to prescribe marijuana to their patients, and medical marijuana patients cannot go to a pharmacy to fill a prescription for medical marijuana. Instead, medical marijuana physicians will supply patients with a medical marijuana recommendation in compliance with state law.

According to Rhode Island medical marijuana law, patients and their caregivers may grow medical marijuana for the patient's private use and may possess up to 2.5 usable ounces and 12 plants. Rhode Island’s medical marijuana laws do not include provisions for the selling or distributing of medical cannabis.

How to Contact the Rhode Island Health Department

Mailing Address:
Department of Health - Medical Marijuana Program

Office of Health Professionals Regulation, Room 104

3 Capitol Hill

Providence, RI 02908-5097

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