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Cannabis Legalization in Rhode Island
In 2006, Rhode Island allowed in-state patients with a Rhode Island registry I.D. card to use, possess and cultivate marijuana or cannabis. Authorized patient eligibility is determined by physician certification that the patient suffers from one of the qualified conditions provided by the state.
In June 2009, Rhode Island introduced a cannabis dispensary system. After introducing the cannabis dispensary system, the Rhode Island Department of Health was authorized to license not-for-profit compassion centers to retail medical cannabis.
In 2016, Rhode Island approved several changes to its medical marijuana program, including the removal of a requirement that patients designate a single dispensary as their source of medicine. Now Department follows more stringent cannabis product testing.
In 2018, Rhode Island approved several program improvements, including reciprocity access for out-of-state patients and criminal records expungement legislation.
In December 2022, Rhode Island legalized the recreational or adult of marijuana in the state.
Possession and Cultivation Limits of Medical Marijuana In Rhode Island
What Medical Conditions Qualify For A Medical Marijuana Card in Rhode Island?
- Alzheimer’s Disease (A.D.)
- Cachexia, or Wasting Syndrome
- Cancer or the treatment of cancer, inc. side-effects of chemotherapy
- Crohn’s Disease
- Hepatitis C
- Multiple Sclerosis (M.S.)
- Severe chronic pain
- Severe Nausea
- Severe and Persistent Muscle Spasms
- PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder)
- Agitation of Alzheimer’s Disease
Addition of Debilitating Medical Conditions
- An explanation stating the reason why the medical condition should be included.
- Any scientific peer-reviewed literature supporting the addition of the medical condition to the list.
- Certification of support from licensed healthcare professionals knowledgeable about the condition and its treatment.
Documents Required for Getting a Medical Cannabis Card in Rhode Island
To apply for a medical marijuana card in Rhode Island, you must provide a valid state I.D., proof of residency, and a medical marijuana recommendation letter.
- Valid driver’s license
- Identification cards issued by the state of Rhode Island
- Birth certificate (for those under 18)
Acceptable Proof Of Residency
- Rent or lease agreement
- Vehicle registration
- Voters registration
- Correspondence from another state agency with the current date
Laws Concerning the Use of Marijuana in Rhode Island
The consumption of medical marijuana must take place on private property. The consumption of marijuana, i.e., medical or recreational, is prohibited within 300 yards of educational institutions and government buildings. Moreover, smoking or vaping in a designated non-smoking area is not permitted.
Driving a vehicle under the influence of marijuana is illegal. Consumption in a vehicle is not allowed for either drivers or passengers. If caught, the person will be penalized with the DUI laws of Rhode Island.
Possession of one ounce (28 gm) or less of marijuana is legal for adults over 21. Possession of more than 1oz can be penalized with jail time or a fine of $500.
A person found guilty of intent to sell or deliver marijuana will penalize with two years of jail time and a fine of $ 5,000. Delivery to a person under 18 years attracts five years of jail time and a fine of $ 5,000.
Who Can Become a Cannabis Caregiver In Rhode Island?
- Must be at least 21.
- Must live in Rhode Island and has residency proof. Which include any of the following: driver’s license, state I.D., Correspondence from another state agency, Current vehicle registration, car insurance bill, or Voter’s registration card.
- Must get a copy of a criminal background check and including fingerprints.
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