Rhode Island Medical Marijuana

Updated on June 5, 2020.  Medical content reviewed by Dr. Joseph Rosado, MD, M.B.A, Chief Medical Officer

Rhode Island Medical Marijuana Program: Contact Details

Rhode Island Department of Health
Licensing Unit – Medical Marijuana Licensing
3 Capitol Hill Room 105A
Providence, RI 02908-5097
Phone: (401) 222-2828
WebsiteRhode Island Medical Marijuana Program (MMP)

Rhode Island Medical Marijuana Program: Information

  1. Patients must be over the age of eighteen (18). If a patient is under eighteen (18) years of age, the patient must designate a custodial parent or legal guardian as the primary caregiver and also sign and complete the Minor Form along with the Patient Form during the application.
  2. Patients must be a Rhode Island resident and provide proof of residency. Acceptable Documents are: Valid Driver’s License or Identification Cards issued by the State of Rhode Island, Vehicle Registration, Voters Registration, Correspondence From Another State Agency with Current Date or Current Car Insurance Bill.
  3. Patients must obtain a Written Certification Form after an evaluation. Find A Certified Practitioner In Rhode Island.
  4. The Written Certification Form must show a diagnosis of a Qualifying Medical Condition.
  5. Patients must then complete and sign a Patient Form and submit their Completed Application.
    • Patients must submit a Non-Refundable Application Fee of $50.00. If you are a recipient of Medicaid, SSI, SSDI, Federal Railroad Disability Benefit or Veteran’s Disability Photocopy of Medicaid Card, “ANCHOR” Card, the fee may be reduced to $25.00. Application Fee must be a Check or Money Order payable to RI General Treasurer.
  6. All applications must be mailed to Rhode Island Center For Professional Licensing Room 105A – 3 Capitol Hill Providence, RI 02908-5097. Please keep a copy of the completed Application.
  7. Once the application is submitted, the process will take two to four (2-4) weeks. Once approved, Medical Marijuana Identification Cards will be mailed to the address listed on the application.

Rhode Island Medical Marijuana Program: Possession and Cultivation Regulations

The Rhode Island, “Edward O. Hawkins and Thomas C. Slater Medical Marijuana Act”, legally allows qualified and registered patients, and primary caregiver, to cultivate and possess, up to a maximum of twelve plants, and five ounces of usable medical marijuana.

Recent Legislation Changes

State regulators have announced that medical marijuana patients in Rhode Island can expect an app to be released sometime this year that will make medical marijuana deliveries a wide-spread reality. Regulators are hoping that a delivery service will help offset the $50 fee to renew medical marijuana cards.

Note from State, on sources for medical marijuana

“Compassion centers are places for patients who have qualifying conditions to obtain medical marijuana as allowed by Rhode Island law. Three compassion centers are licensed in Rhode Island: the Thomas C. Slater Compassion Center in Providence; Summit Medical Compassion Center in Warwick; and Greenleaf Compassionate Care Center in Portsmouth,” Medical Marijuana Compassion Centers [Accessed Mar. 1, 2016]

While Senate Bill 0710 was approved by the Rhode Island House 52-10, on June 24, 2005, and the Senate 33-1, on June 28, 2005, it was vetoed by the Governor on June 29, 2005. However, the veto was ultimately overridden by the House and Senate 28-6, on June 30, 2005.

On January 03, 2006, the House ultimately overrode the veto 59-13, passing the Edward O. Hawkins and Thomas C. Slater Medical Marijuana Act, effectively removing all state-level criminal penalties on the use and possession of marijuana by patients in possession of a written letter from a physician stating that he or she may benefit from the medical use of marijuana for alleviating symptoms caused by debilitating medical conditions and their medical treatments.

On June 21, 2007, Senate Bill 791, amended the law such that the repeal date for the medical marijuana act would be removed, and would expand the definition of primary caregiver.

On April 19, 2013, the first state-licensed medical marijuana dispensary, “The Thomas C. Slater Compassion Center”, opened to registered patients, in Rhode Island.

February 10, 2009, H5359, made various changes to the Edward O. Hawkins and Thomas C. Slater Medical Marijuana Act, including the creation and regulation of compassion centers, to aid qualifying patients and their registered primary caregivers, with respect to this act.

Effective June 16, 2009, the amendment allows for the creation of compassion centers, which may acquire, possess, cultivate, manufacture, deliver, transfer, transport, supply, or dispense marijuana, or related supplies and educational materials, to registered qualifying patients and their registered primary caregivers, as per the Rules and Regulations (last updated in December 2012).

Added conditions: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), https://health.ri.gov/publications/requirements/MedicalMarijuanaPatients.pdf

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Rhode Island Medical Marijuana Telemedicine Services Online

Qualified patients, in Rhode Island, may now choose to see a marijuana doctor online instead of in-person, using medical marijuana telemedicine services for the purpose of obtaining a Rhode Island medical marijuana evaluation:

The State of Rhode Island has a legalized medical marijuana program, which allows patients to receive a medical marijuana recommendation from a certified physician, and apply for a state-issued Rhode Island Medical Marijuana Card, permitting the patient to purchase marijuana for medicinal use, as per Rhode Island state guidelines.

Since the Rhode Island medical marijuana program is still changing their laws and new Rhode Island medical marijuana laws are being enacted on a regular basis, please be sure to visit our site frequently to get the most updated laws as it pertains to the Rhode Island medical marijuana program. Please click a corresponding link to find out more about Rhode Island’s Medical Marijuana Program. We have compiled the following Rhode Island medical marijuana index of information to serve as a medical library to our users for legal reference of Rhode Island’s laws, guidelines and program details regarding medical cannabis use in Rhode Island.

Please note: In order to become a legal medical marijuana patient you must first have a qualifying condition as outlined by the department of health services and/or department of justice. For a comprehensive list of Rhode Island’s qualifying medical marijuana conditions, please visit our qualifying conditions section located on the top of our menu under “legal states.”

Rhode Island Medical Marijuana Qualification

Get all vital facts about Who Qualifies for Marijuana in Rhode Island including medical conditions that permit you to get certified and registered. We’ve created a guide that contains all you need to know about how to find a doctor to examine you and write a statement, so you can qualify to register and can begin receiving a regular dose of medical marijuana.

Rhode Island Medical Marijuana Laws

Read Rhode Island’s Full Medical Marijuana Laws that control the prescription, sale, cultivation, possession and usage of medical cannabis. With your knowledge of these important laws, you’ll know how to handle your medical marijuana without being penalized, embarrassed or punished by law enforcement agents. We’ve presented these laws in a simple format that’s easy for you to read and understand.

Rhode Island Medical Marijuana Card

Find out how to obtain a Rhode Island Medical Marijuana Card with our guide to Rhode Island’s state medicinal marijuana ID program. The ID card will enable you to purchase your regular dose of marijuana prescribed by your doctor. The card will also help you avoid arrest if you’re found with medical marijuana in your possession. Some states require that you obtain your card prior to obtaining your medicine, so read here first to ensure that you know Rhode Island’s requirements.

Rhode Island Medical Marijuana Facts

Our list of Medical Marijuana Facts will help you separate the facts from the myths in Rhode Island’s state program. Find out the truth from the leading source in marijuana education.

Connect to Our Network of Marijuana Doctors in Rhode Island

Our specially designed search system helps you find Rhode Island marijuana doctors quickly. You’ll be able to receive the required examination and diagnosis so a qualified doctor can provide a written statement to certify you for medical cannabis.

Use our system to:

  • Find a Doctor Near You  Use our search tool to locate doctors by your postal or zip code. The doctors in your community will be displayed. By clicking on the cities at the top of the search page, you can easily locate doctors working in each of the locales listed.
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Locate Licensed Dispensaries in Rhode Island

We have a directory of reputable dispensaries that sell all the approved forms of medical marijuana. Check our Rhode Island marijuana dispensary directory and get the contact details of the providers that have the best strains and brands of medical marijuana.

Dispensaries in Rhode Island

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