Frequently asked questions What are the medical marijuana laws in Rhode Island? Here is an overview of the medical marijuana laws in Rhode Island: 2005 – After much legal wrangling, Senate Bill 0710 (SB 0710) is passed through. It becomes 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 expand 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.