Rhode Island Medical Marijuana Laws
Rhode Island Medical Marijuana Program
Rhode Island Department of Health
The Rhode Island Medical Marijuana Program allows qualified patients with debilitating medical conditions to use marijuana. A licensed physician in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Connecticut must certify in writing through the Practitioner Written Certification Form that medical marijuana would help alleviate a patient’s symptoms relative to their qualifying medical condition. For MJ doctors to certify you, he or she must be a licensed in Rhode Island, Connecticut, or Massachusetts. Before you may apply for medical cannabis, you must first consult with your doctor to discuss your medical condition to determine if medical marijuana makes sense to treat your qualifying condition. The MJ doctor must also attest that the use of marijuana treatment would likely outweigh the health risks to a patient. The MJ doctor must have a physician-patient relationship with the patient and complete a comprehensive assessment of the patient’s medical history. Qualifying medical conditions include cancer, glaucoma, Acquired Immune Deficiency Virus (HIV), positive status for Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS), severe and debilitating chronic pain, severe nausea, PTSD, seizures related to epilepsy and other conditions, severe muscle spasms related to Multiple Scleroses and Crohn’s disease along with conditions, agitation related to Alzheimer’s disease, Hepatitis C, and Wasting Syndrome (Cachexia). If your doctor determines alternative medical marijuana treatment would be appropriate for you, he or she must complete a Practitioner Written Certification Form to be able to apply for medical cannabis. Also, in terms of visits with your MJ doctor, he or she may offer a telemedicine option, so check with your MJ doctor if interested.
Due to COVID-19, telemedicine is allowed in Rhode Island. If interested in telemedicine, contact your MMJ doctor to determine if this is a possibility.
Yes, the caregiver must be 21 years of age or older. Primary caregiver may assist no more than 5 qualifying patients with their medical use of marijuana. Patients can appoint no more than one caregiver.
Yes, authorizes a patient with a debilitating medical condition, with a registry identification card (or its equivalent), to engage in the medical use of marijuana. Also authorizes a person to assist with the medical use of marijuana by a patient with a debilitating medical condition.
To be approved for medical marijuana and issued a registration card, you must register as a medical marijuana patient through the Rhode Island Center for Professional Licensing Patient Form. With the form, you must submit proof of residency. Acceptable documents showing proof of residence include a copy of your Rhode Island Driver License, Rhode Island State ID, vehicle registration, voter registration, and correspondence from another state agency with a current date, or a car insurance bill. And of note, these documents must list your current address. With your application, you must submit the completed Practitioner Written Certification Form. You must submit the original application, as copies will not be accepted, and an application fee must be sent in with the registration application. You must mail the complete application to the address that appears on the front cover of the application. You will want to keep a copy of your application, as the Department of Health doesn’t provide application copies to the public. In terms of processing time, it takes 2-4 weeks from the date the form is accepted. Once approved, you will receive a letter letting you know to go into the Department of Health and Safety for your photograph to be taken. After you are issued a medical card, you may visit one of the Medical Marijuana Compassion Centers to purchase medical marijuana. You may designate a caregiver and one authorized purchaser who are registered with the Rhode Island Department of Health’s Medical Marijuana program. This will allow them to possess a limited amount of marijuana. The renewal application will be mailed to you 60 days prior to the expiration of registration. It is suggested that you track your experiences with marijuana products, so you may determine the products that work best for you. National Medical Marijuana Card Services has a patient journal that you may use to track your experiences with marijuana products. Log in to use it.
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In Rhode Island medicinal marijuana and low-THC cannabis are available for qualified patients. Each state dictates which medical marijuana products are allowed. Legal marijuana products can include vape products, capsules, flower, tinctures, and marijuana CBD oil.
For more information pertaining to the Rhode Island Medical Marijuana program, including approved qualifying medical conditions, steps to take to become registered, and necessary forms.Rhode Island Department of Health