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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.