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How Do I Become a Medical Cannabis Caregiver in Rhode Island?

Patients who are under the age of 18 or otherwise unable to access medical cannabis themselves need a caregiver.


1. Must be 21 years old or older

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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

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