RI Medical Marijuana – Rhode Island

Medical Marijuana in Rhode Island is legal for a patient with a Rhode Island registry ID card to use marijuana for medical purposes. Patients may also grow marijuana and appoint a primary caregiver for assistance. A patient may have up to twelve plants and two and one-half ounces of usable marijuana. Plants must be stored in an indoor facility.

A primary caregiver may be designated to assist you with cultivating and using medical marijuana. Your primary caregiver must be at least twenty-one (21) years old and cannot have a felony drug conviction. The Department of Health may allow a person to serve as a primary caregiver if he/she was convicted solely for conduct that is permitted under the Rhode Island medical marijuana provisions. The Department may also make an exception if the caregiver is your close relative and his/her felony conviction was ten (10) or more years ago.

A person can be a primary caregiver for no more than five (5) qualifying patients. A patient can only have up to two (2) primary caregivers. A primary caregiver with a registry ID card can possess up to twelve (12) marijuana plants and two and one-half (2.5) ounces of usable marijuana for each qualifying patient they are a primary caregiver for. A primary caregiver cannot have more than twenty-four (24) marijuana plants and five (5) ounces of usable marijuana no matter how many patients he or she is serving. A primary caregiver may receive reimbursement for costs associated with assisting a registered qualifying patient’s medical use of marijuana.

RI Medical Marijuana Doctor – Rhode Island

A written doctor’s recommendation is required with the application. Your doctor can only recommend medical marijuana after your doctor has completed a full assessment of your medical history. Your doctor must be licensed and have the ability to prescribe controlled substances.

There is a patient application fee of $75, but this fee can be reduced to $10 with proof of Medicaid, SSI, or SSDI. Application forms and instructions can be found at http://www.health.ri.gov/programs/medicalmarijuana/index.php.

RI Medical Marijuana (MMJ) Qualifying Conditions

  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Cachexia
  • Cancer
  • Chronic pain
  • Glaucoma
  • Hepatitis C
  • Nausea
  • Seizures
  • Severe and persistent muscle spasms
  • Other conditions are subject to approval

RI Out of State MMJ Patients

Non-resident patients with state issued IDs from other states are entitled to protection under Rhode Island law.

New information on the Medical Marijuana Program will be made available on this website as it becomes available. Please continue to visit our website at nedispensaries.com or subscribe to medical marijuana updates by registering for the New England Dispensaries website.