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How to Get a Rhode Island Medical Marijuana Card in 2020

Ruth Lemon
Ruth Lemon - Operations Manager

Apr 13 2020 - 10 min read

A Guide to Getting a Rhode Island Medical Marijuana Card via Telehealth

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Getting a Rhode Island Medical Marijuana Card Online with Leafwell

It is possible to speak to a physician and qualify for a Rhode Island medical marijauna card online from the comfort of your own home, thanks to telemedicine. During Covid-19, this service has become particularly popular as it allows those who are vulnerable to apply without leaving their homes. Telehealth also minimises anyone’s need to expose themselves to unnecessary health risks.

With Leafwell, it is quick and simple and secure to get a Rhode Island Medical Marijuana Card online. We’ve put together this valuable guide which will answer all your questions and help individuals living in Rhode Island State understand the importance of applying for their Rhode Island MMJ Card via the easy, HIPAA Compliant process offered by Leafwell’s telemedicine platform. You can visit our Ultimate Guide to Getting a Medical Marijuana Card for more general information.

Who Can Apply for a Rhode Island Medical Marijuana Identification Card (RI MMIC)?

To apply for a Medical Marijuana Card in Rhode Island, you must be a legal resident of Rhode Island State.

You must be aged 18 or over in order to get a medical marijuana card for yourself in Rhode Island.

Those under the age of 18, or those who are unable to access medical cannabis for themselves, must have a registered caregiver who applies on their behalf. Registered caregivers must be aged 21 or over. A registered caregiver may apply on behalf of someone who is unable to complete the application independently.

An application to the Rhode Island government must include a signed and dated certificate for medical marijuana from a registered practitioner. No prior relationship with a physician is required in order to qualify for medical marijuana in Rhode Island. However, doctors must be licensed to practice in Rhode Island before they can recommend cannabis for a patient in Rhode Island.

What Does an MMJ Card Permit in Rhode Island?

Here are the current possession limits in Rhode Island state:

Possession Limit (Flower): 2.5 oz. on-person. Up to 10 ounces on one’s own property, residential or non-residential.
Possession Limit (Concentrate): 1 gram concentrate = 3.3 grams flower. This suggests a possession limit of just over 1 oz. of concentrate.

Remember: recreational sales are prohibited in Rhode Island.

How Do I Apply for an RI Medical Marijuana Card with Leafwell?

With Leafwell, you can get your Rhode Island Medical Marijuana Card in 5 simple steps:

1. Register online with Leafwell and book an appointment to a friendly physician at

Our process is quick, easy and HIPAA compliant

2. Speak with one of our licensed RI physicians about getting a medical cannabis certificate

You can speak to a doctor about your medical condition and qualify for a RI medical marijuana card online in minutes. The cost of the online consultation is $149. You are only billed if approved.

3. Once approved by a Leafwell physician, you can apply to the state

You will need to download the patient application form and the certificate from Leafwell or wait for the hard copy of the certificate to be sent in the post (typically takes 2-3 days). Then fill in all of your details on the form and send it off along with your physician’s certification from Leafwell. The cost of the application is $50, payable to the state. Send your application to this address:

Rhode Island Center For Professional Licensing Room
105A – 3 Capitol Hill
RI 02908-5097

4. If approved, the state will contact you to arrange your photo for the ID card

You will need to go to get your photograph taken. With COVID-19, this is more likely to take place online.

5. You will receive your Rhode Island medical marijuana card in 2-4 weeks

Get your meds from a dispensary, or even have them delivered to you!


What Does my Online Medical Marijuana Evaluation with Leafwell Include?

Your online medical marijuana evaluation with Leafwell is quick and easy. In order to get started, we’ll need you to provide us with some preliminary details as well as some medical records. These are all passed securely to one of our registered practitioners who can familiarise themselves with your application before your consultation.

The consultation itself is simple and secure, taking place on our bespoke telemedicine platform. You will meet with a Rhode Island registered practitioner who has experience issuing certificates for medical marijuana to patients for a range of medical issues. The registered practitioner will speak with you about why you are applying and ask some questions with regards to your medical conditions and history.

At the end of the consultation, the registered practitioner will be able to make an informed decision about whether he or she recommends the use of medical cannabis based on the medical information they have obtained. If an application is successful, the registered practitioner will complete the certification which will be promptly emailed in PDF form, ready to be printed off and submitted as part of an application to the Rhode Island government. A hard copy will be sent in the post 2-3 days later.

Patients are required to obtain a Written Certification Form after an evaluation which is provided to you by Leafwell. The Written Certification Form must show a diagnosis of a Qualifying Medical Condition – also part of the Leafwell service.

If an application is unsuccessful, you will receive an email detailing why our registered practitioner felt unable to provide you with the certificate. You will not be charged for the consultation.

Once obtained the certification will last for one year.

How Much Does it Cost to Get an RI Medical Marijuana Card?

The initial consultation with one of the Rhode Island Registered Practitioners via Leafwell’s HIPAA compliant online consultation service is a one off fee of $149. However, if you do not qualify for an MMJ Card and our practitioner elects not to sign your certificate, you will not be charged.

The application fee, paid to the RI state is $50, or $25 for those in receipt of SNAP, Medicaid/Medicare or Veteran’s Disability. The application fee is separate from the cost of the consultation.

The caregiver application fee is $100. However, the fee is $25 if you send proof with your application that you receive one of these benefits: Medicaid; Supplemental Security Income (SSI); Social Security Disability Income (SSDI); Veterans disability; Federal Railroad disability. You can get proof of your SSI or SSDI Benefit at

Insurance does not currently cover the cost of applying for an MMJ Card in Rhode Island.

What Conditions Qualify for Medical Marijuana Cards in Rhode Island?

For your application to be successful, a registered practitioner must certify a permanent or temporary diagnosis of one or more of the conditions listed under Rhode Island law.

According to Rhode Island law in 2020, the following conditions may qualify you for a medical marijuana card in Rhode Island:

A chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition or its treatment that produces one or more of the following:

Crohn’s disease

Agitation related to Alzheimer’s Disease

What Documents Do I Need to Apply for a Medical Cannabis Card?

In order to apply for your MMJ Card in Rhode Island, you will need to show your signed certificate which provides proof of your condition as well as your identification documents. You should gather together the following:

  • ID
  • Proof of residency
  • Medical records
  • A signed certificate (which can be obtained via Leafwell)


Below are all of the acceptable forms these documents may take.

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Acceptable ID

  • Valid driver’s license
  • Identification cards issued by the state of Rhode Island
  • Birth certificate (for those under 18)

Acceptable proof of residency

  • Vehicle registration
  • Voters registration
  • Correspondence from another state agency with current date
  • Current car insurance bill

Medical Records

  • Progress notes
  • Health summary
  • List of diagnoses
  • Medication list (or pictures of prescription bottles)
  • Signed Certification
  • A PDF version will be emailed to you upon successful completion of your consultation with a registered practitioner on Leafwell’s secure platform. You can download this immediately and print it  to include in your postal application  or wait for the hard copy which will be sent to you 2-3 days later in the post.

Do I Need to Present my Medical Records to Leafwell?

Yes. In order to responsibly sign a certificate which permits individuals to apply for an MMJ card, our registered practitioners must have a comprehensive understanding of your medical history. This allows them to provide an accurate assessment to ensure that medical cannabis is a good option for each patient on a case by case basis.

How Does a Caregiver Apply for a Medical Marijuana Card in Rhode Island? Can Under 18s Get a Medical Marijuana Card?

Some patients may be eligible for an MMJ Card but unable to apply for one themselves. For example, should the patient be a minor under the age of 18, or if the patient needs assistance accessing medical cannabis, a caregiver can be assigned to complete the process on their behalf.

  1. The caregiver must be listed on the patient’s application form and comply with the following conditions:
  2. Caregivers must be 21 years old or older.
  3. Must live in Rhode Island and submit a copy of one item that proves you live in the state. The item must include your name and current address. Examples of items you can use are: ƒ Rhode Island driver’s license ƒ State ID ƒ Any correspondence from another state agency, current vehicle registration, car insurance bill or voter’s registration.
  4. Must get a copy of a National Criminal Information Center (NCIC) background check from a local police department, the Office of the Attorney General, or by appointment with the Rhode Island State Police (401-222-1110) ƒ The background check must include fingerprints. ƒ The law enforcement agency will send the background check results directly to RIDOH. ƒ If you had a background check from the NCIC in the past two years, you can send a copy with your application. ƒ RIDOH will not review your application until RIDOH receives your background check results. ƒ Applicants can be disqualified for felony convictions including, but not limited to, felony drug convictions.
  5. Must pay a $100 non-refundable caregiver application fee. The fee is $25 if you send proof with your application that you receive one of these benefits: Medicaid; Supplemental Security Income (SSI); Social Security Disability Income (SSDI); Veterans disability; Federal Railroad disability. You can get proof of your SSI or SSDI Benefit at

Can a Qualifying Patient Grow Cannabis in Rhode Island?

Yes. Qualifying patients may possess up to 12 plants and 12 seedlings. All marijuana must be cultivated in one location. The plants must be stored in an indoor facility.

This may seem surprisingly generous for a medical marijuana program but in fact it highlights that there are not many medical marijuana dispensaries in the state and therefore the ability to cultivate is important for many card holders.

Two or more cardholders may cooperatively cultivate marijuana in residential or non-residential locations subject to the following restrictions:

  • Non-residential – no more than 10 ounces of usable marijuana, 48 mature marijuana plants, and 48 seedlings.
  • Residential – no more than 10 ounces of usable marijuana, 24 mature marijuana plants, and 24 seedlings.


Are my Details Kept Confidential When I Apply for a Medical Marijuana Card with Leafwell?

Yes. Leafwell is committed to protecting the privacy of our patients. Our online service is HIPAA compliant and our systems are designed to keep all of your confidential details safe.

Does Rhode Island Have Medical Marijuana Reciprocity? I.e. Does the state accept any other state’s cards and do any other states recognise a card from Rhode Island?

Yes, Rhode Island does recognize other states’ medical marijuana cards. Patients must bring a physical card (not a paper certificate or online recommendation) as well as a driver’s license from the same state as their medical license. All states in the US with a medical marijuana program are allowed.

Those with a valid out-of-state medical marijuana card and with a debilitating medical condition, with a registry identification card (or its equivalent), are authorized to engage in the medical use of marijuana in Rhode Island.

Getting a Medical Marijuana Card in Providence, Newport, Warwick, Portsmouth, Rhode Island (RI)

The Leafwell telemedicine software is available throughout Rhode Island. Wherever you live, you can book an appointment with one of our state-licensed physicians and be seen promptly. However, there were only 3 licensed dispensaries until 2019 when the state passed a budget which permitted the expansion of the marketplace up to 9. The cost of a license is $500,000 so there are still only a few dispensaries in the state.

There is little if any difference in medical cannabis laws between different RI jurisdictions. Regardless of where you are in Rhode Island, you can get a medical marijuana card online with Leafwell, MD. Here is our clinic address:

Leafwell MD Providence, Rhode Island

325 Angell St, Providence, RI 02906, USA
(332) 333-5031

Remember: you don’t have to visit a clinic in-person in order to qualify for a certificate & MMJ card in Rhode Island – you can do it all online, with Leafwell!

History of Medical Marijuana in Rhode Island

Here’s a brief history of medical marijuana in Rhode Island state:

2005 – After much legal wrangling, Senate Bill 0710 (SB 0710) is passed through. It became known as the Edward O. Hawkins and Thomas C. Slater Medical Marijuana Act.

2007 – SB 791 is passed, removing the repeal date for the Rhode Island Medical Marijuana Act and expanding the definition of a primary caregiver.

2009 – H5359 is passed and includes instructions for the sale, creation, administration and regulation of medical marijuana dispensaries.

2013 – The first compassion center (aka medical marijuana dispensary) is opened.

Remember, recreational cannabis is not legal in Rhode Island. This is why it is so important to secure your MMJ Card to safely and legally obtain and consume cannabis products. Here are some important laws to note:

For those without a medical marijuana card, possession of less than 1 ounce is a Civil Violation with no incarceration and a maximum fine of $150.
Possession of between 1 ounce and 1 kilogram of cannabis is a misdemeanor, with up to 1 year imprisonment and a $500 fine.
Possession of any more than 1 kg is considered “with intent to distribute”. This is a felony, and can bring a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years and a fine of $500,000. Anything more than 5 kg of cannabis, and it’s 25 years-to-life for cannabis.
Cultivating cannabis may bring up to 30 years’ imprisonment and a fine of $100,000, if not more.
Penalties for hash and concentrates are the same as for marijuana.
Manufacture, sale, delivery or possession of paraphernalia is up to 2 years’ incarceration and a $5,000 fine.
Possession whilst driving will result in a suspension of up to 6 months.

You cannot consume cannabis where smoking tobacco is prohibited. You must avoid consuming cannabis near anywhere where children, the vulnerable or it is federally illegal to do so (e.g. federal buildings, airports, military bases etc.).

To find out more about getting a Medical Marijuana Card in Rhode Island, get in touch with the expert Leafwell team today or use any of these verified resources below:

Information and Requirements for Medical Marijuana Caregivers
Information for Medical Marijuana Patients
Rhode Island state opinion on Medical Marijuana
Medical Marijuana Program Information

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Written by
Ruth Lemon
Ruth Lemon - Operations Manager

Ruth Lemon has worked in Cambodia and Australia, gaining experience in the non-profit sector, education and international development, and digital marketing. New to the cannabis sector, Ruth is helping Leafwell to scale without compromising the customer experience and seeks to create a frictionless customer journey. She now lives in the UK with her rescued Cambodian cat and believes Leafwell is improving access to and understanding of a valuable medical alternative.

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