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Qualifying for a Medical Marijuana Card in Rhode Island

Once you have registered and been approved, you will be sent a medical card. Once you have this, you can start shopping for your medicine from a licensed dispensary.

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  1. Register online and see a Rhode Island Practitioner.

  2. Get approved and download your medical certificate.

  3. You’ll receive a hard copy of the Practitioner Form with a wet signature in 2-3 days.

  4. Complete the patient application form and submit to Rhode Island's DOH by US Mail. i

  5. Receive your Rhode Island medical marijuana card in 2-4 weeks.

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Qualifying Conditions

Common conditions cannabis recommended for include

  • Alzheimer's Disease (AD)
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Cachexia, or Wasting Syndrome
  • Cancer or the treatment of cancer, inc. side-effects of chemotherapy
  • Crohn's Disease
  • Epilepsy and Seizure Disorders
  • Glaucoma
  • HIV/AIDS or the treatment of these conditions
  • Hepatitis C
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Severe, debilitating, chronic pain
  • Severe Nausea
  • Severe and Persistent Muscle Spasms

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Frequently Asked Questions

How Do I Get a Rhode Island Medical Marijuana Card?

Here's how to get a Rhode Island doctor's certificate and a medical marijuana card:

  1. See a doctor online with Leafwell, get approved and receive a doctor's certificate. Certification will be filled out and mailed to the patient.
  2. Once you receive the certification, fill out and finish the application and attach requested documents along with the doctors certification and mail it to the Rhode Island Center For Professional Licensing Room, 105A – 3 Capitol Hill, Providence, RI 02908-5097. Emails and faxes are not accepted.
  3. You will know if you are approved or denied in 2-4 weeks. If approved you will be contacted to arrange your photo for the ID card.

Once you have the ID card you can shop at a Rhode Island dispensary.

How Old Do I Have to Be to Get a Rhode Island MMJ Card?

You must be aged 18 years old or over to get a Rhode Island MMJ card for yourself. Caregivers must be 21 years old or over. Minors in need of medicinal cannabis and cannabinoid-based products must have a registered caregiver, and fill out an application form for minors.

How Much Does It Cost to Get a Rhode Island Medical Marijuana Card?

The application fee is $50, or $25 for those in receipt of SNAP, Medicaid/Medicare or Veteran's Disability. The cost of the physician's appointment is $100.

How Much Cannabis Can a Rhode Island Medical Marijuana Patient Possess?

Cannabis is legal for medical consumption in Rhode Island, where it is legal for a qualifying patient to carry 2 and a 1/2 ounces, and to cultivate up to 12 plants and 12 seedlings. There is a slightly more laid back stance on cultivation in comparison to many states with legalized medical marijuana programs, but the state only has 3 dispensaries.

 

Non-medical use of cannabis is illegal in Rhode Island.

 

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. N/A recreational.

What Conditions Qualify for a Rhode Island MMJ Recommendation?

The following conditions may qualify for a Rhode Island MMJ recommendation:

 

Cancer or the treatment of this condition. Is the patient receiving chemotherapy? Yes No
Glaucoma or the treatment of this condition
Positive status for Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) or the treatment of this condition
Acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) or the treatment of this condition
Hepatitis C or the treatment of this condition
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) - Patient must be 18 years or older
Autism Spectrum Disorder
A chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition or its treatment that produces one or more of the following:
Cachexia or wasting syndrome
Severe, debilitating, chronic pain-(specify)
Severe nausea
Seizures, including but not limited to those characteristic of epilepsy
Severe and persistent muscle spasms, including but not limited to, those characteristic of multiple sclerosis or Crohn’s disease
Agitation related to Alzheimer’s Disease

How Long Does it Take to Get a Rhode Island MMJ Card?

It takes the Rhode medical marijuana program between 14 and 30 days (about 2 - 4 weeks) to process a patient application and send a MMJ card. The doctor's cannabis recommendation to get started on your journey to get a Rhode Island medical marijuana identification card is sent to your email address after your online evaluation with Leafwell.

What Records/Documents Do I Need for a Rhode Island Medical Marijuana Identification Card?

Acceptable ID

Valid Driver’s License

Identification Cards issued by the State of Rhode Island

Birth certificate for those under 18

Acceptable Proof of Residence

Vehicle Registration

Voters Registration

Correspondence From Another State Agency with Current Date

Current Car Insurance Bill

 

Patients must be over the age of eighteen (18). If a patient is under eighteen (18) years of age, the patient must designate a custodial parent or legal guardian as the primary caregiver and also sign and complete the Minor Form along with the Patient Form during the application.

Patients must be a Rhode Island resident and provide proof of residency. Acceptable Documents are: Valid Driver’s License or Identification Cards issued by the State of Rhode Island, Vehicle Registration, Voters Registration, Correspondence From Another State Agency with Current Date or Current Car Insurance Bill.

Patients must obtain a Written Certification Form after an evaluation.

The Written Certification Form must show a diagnosis of a Qualifying Medical Condition.

 

AFTER ONLINE CONSULTATION

Patients must then complete and sign a Patient Form and submit their Completed Application.
Patients must submit a Non-Refundable Application Fee of $50.00. If you are a recipient of Medicaid, SSI, SSDI, Federal Railroad Disability Benefit or Veteran’s Disability Photocopy of Medicaid Card, “ANCHOR” Card, the fee may be reduced to $25.00. Application Fee must be a Check or Money Order payable to RI General Treasurer.

All applications must be mailed to Rhode Island Center For Professional Licensing Room 105A – 3 Capitol Hill Providence, RI 02908-5097. Please keep a copy of the completed Application.

Once the application is submitted, the process will take two to four (2-4) weeks. Once approved, Medical Marijuana Identification Cards will be mailed to the address listed on the application.

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.

Caregivers:

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 www.ssa.gov.

How Much Cannabis Can a Rhode Island MMIC Holder Grow?

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

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.

Does Rhode Island Have Medical Marijuana Reciprocity?

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 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.

Brief History of Rhode Island Medical Marijuana Laws

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.

Possession limit is up to 2.5 ounces of cannabis for those with a valid medical marijuana recommendation and card.

Cultivation of up to 12 plants and 12 seedlings is allowed for those with a MMJ card. All plants must be grown in one location, and two or more cardholders may cultivate cannabis cooperatively.

No more than 48 mature plants, 48 seedlings and 10 ounces of usable marijuana can be grown cooperatively in a non-residential space.

In a residential space, no more than 24 mature plants, 24 seedlings and 10 ounces of usable marijuana can be grown.

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.

Medical Marijuana in Providence, Rhode Island

Regardless of where you are in Rhode Island, you can get a medical marijuana card online from the Leafwell MD telehealth virtual clinic. The Leafwell MD online clinic address is at:

 

Leafwell MD Providence
325 Angell St, Providence, RI 02906, USA

 

You can get medical cannabis from a dispensary in Providence with your medical marijuana card. The dispensary that operates in the Providence area is here:

 

Thomas C. Slater Center
1 Corliss St
Providence, RI 02904
Phone: (401) 274-1000

 

You will need a medical marijuana card to purchase at this dispensary.

 

The medical marijuana laws are similar across the board in Rhose Island. Possession of marijuana up to one ounce by a person age 18 years or older is a civil violation, punishable by a $150 fine, no jail time, and no criminal record. Only those with a valid MMJ card can legally possess cannabis by state (not federal) law. 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.).

 

Providence is Rhode Island's capital city. It is home to Brown University, and popular attractions include the Roger Williams Park Zoo, RISD Museum, Providence Children's Museum and the WaterFire sculpture.

 

The beaches, Newport Cliffs and the Cumberland and Exeter regions are popular for all sorts of physical activities, from surfing to skiing. Charlestown is famous for it beach, observatory and seafood. There are many trails and the like in Providence. Bucktown, Providence Oyster Bar, East Side Pockets, Los Andes, RED FIN, Waterman Grille, Tallulah's Taqueria and Olneyville New York System Restaurant are popular places to eat.

 

Medical Marijuana Telehealth in Newport, Rhode Island

Leafwell MD is based in Providence, RI, but this doesn't mean you can't get your medical marijuana certificate and MMJ card from us here at Leafwell. You can speak to a Rhode Island-qualified physician online and have a consultation via our own telehealth platform.

 

Newport is a city set on Aquidneck Island in the New England state of Rhode Island. Its yacht-filled harbor hosted the America’s Cup, a renowned annual sailing regatta, for many years.

 

Rhode Island has a connection with tennis, and has the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport. There are also two particularly opulent mansions in the Marble House and The Breakers. The Cliff Walk also has a mansion, and is a popular walking trail. Ballard Park and Brenton Point State Park are also well-know trails in Newport.

 

"In the last six years, the number of card-holding medical marijuana patients in Rhode Island has more than tripled from 4,849 in 2013 to 17,891 in 2019. That does not take into account out-of-state cardholders, who, in June 2018, were permitted under a new interstate reciprocity law to buy cannabis at Rhode Island dispensaries. And, for the last three years, the dispensaries shattered sales records. In fiscal 2019, they sold $56 million worth of marijuana, a 46.6 percent increase over fiscal 2018, when they did $38.2 million in business — up more than a third from fiscal 2017’s $28.2 million." https://www.rimonthly.com/where-does-rhode-island-stand-on-marijuana/

 

There are also a lot of people who defend their home growing rights vigorously and fight off bills that would make home growing altogether.

 

"Anyone wishing to establish a medical marijuana dispensary in the city — or a recreational marijuana retail business if legalized in the state — can set up shop anyplace in the city where other retail shops are allowed.

That’s according to Guy Weston, the city’s zoning officer, who said a marijuana shop would be handled like any other retail business under the city’s zoning ordinance. The dispensary or shop would be allowed by right in all the city’s business districts as well as in commercial and industrial districts, he said." https://www.newportri.com/news/20200131/before-legalized-pot-comes-to-newport-questions-arise-about-right-location

Medical Marijuana in Warwick, Rhode Island

If you're in Warwick, RI, you can get a medical marijuana card online with Leafwell. The dispensary you can get medical cannabis is:

 

Summit Medical Compassion Center
380 Jefferson Blvd Ste E2
Warwick, RI 02886
Phone: (401) 889-3990

 

The rules regarding medical cannabis in Warwick are the same as everywhere else in Rhode Island. This means you cannot consume cannabis anywhere where tobacco consumtion is prohibited, such as anywhere where children, the sick, the vulnerable or government officials may congregate. This can include schools, federal parks, airports, military bases and so on.

 

There are many popular attractions in Warwick, Rhode Island. Seekonk Grand Prix is great fun for go-karting and bumber cars. You can cycle along the East Bay Bike Path, and you can go to the Goddard Memorial and/or Rocky Point State Parks. Rhode Island is known for its seafood, and Warwick is no different with places like Tommy's Clam Shack and Buttonwood Fish & Chips. Hong Kong Restaurant is a popular Chinese eatery, and Jefferson Diner is appreciated for its breakfasts.

Medical Marijuana in Portsmouth, Rhode Island

You can get a medical marijuana card regardless of where you are in Rhode Island, thanks to Leafwell MD, where you can speak to a physician online via our very own telehealth program. Here's where you can get your medical cannabis in Warwick once you have your RI MMJ card:

 

Greenleaf Compassionate Care Center
1637 W Main Rd
Portsmouth, RI 02871
Phone: (401) 293-5987

 

"A judge on Friday blocked, at least temporarily, marijuana giant Acreage Holdings from buying the Greenleaf medical marijuana dispensary in Portsmouth after another marijuana business tied to a Warwick dispensary accused Acreage of violating a no-compete contract provision.

In a case that offers a peek into the overlapping business ownerships in the booming marijuana industry, Superior Court Judge Richard Licht issued a temporary restraining order barring state regulators from making any final determination on the Greenleaf sale until further notice." Aug. 26, 2019 https://www.providencejournal.com/news/20190826/judge-blocks-sale-of-portsmouth-medical-marijuana-dispensary

 

This above story continues with a countersuit!

 

"Recreational marijuana does not appear to be coming to the state in 2020, but town planners want to be ahead of the game when it does.

A Planning Board subcommittee plans to discuss “possible local zoning regulation of various uses related to the cultivation, distribution and/or retail sale of marijuana products in town.”

Planning Director Ron Wolanski said no projects have been proposed to the town yet, but the subcommittee will be deliberating at the urging of the Town Council.

“The Town Council requested that the Planning Board and Town Solicitor draft potential regulations in anticipation of the possibility of recreational marijuana use, production and sale becoming legal in Rhode Island at some point in the future,” he wrote in an email.

The meeting will take place at Town Hall in the 2nd floor conference room on Friday at 3 p.m.

Gov. Gina Raimondo has said she plans to propose legalizing adult recreational use of marijuana in her upcoming state budget — as she did earlier this year. The General Assembly stripped that provision before it went back to the governor’s desk for signature though.

Senate President Dominick Ruggerio told the Providence Journal on Dec. 17 that he does not support legalizing recreational marijuana in 2020. He said he doesn’t think the state’s medical marijuana program has been well-regulated and expanding legal access to the drug any further is a bad idea."

https://www.newportri.com/news/20191231/middletown-planning-for-coming-of-weed

 

There are several attractions in Portsmouth, RI. Green Animals Topiary Gardens, Prudence Island, Greenvale Vineyards and the Newport Card Museum are some of them. Sakonnet Greenway Trailhead, Albro Woods and Fort Barton are popular trails. Foodworks, Fieldstones, 15 Point Rd., Rocco's Little Italy, Anthony's Seafood and Localz Kitchen are popular eateries.

Popular Cannabis Strains in Rhode Island

Some of the most popular varieties of cannabis in Rhode Island include:

 

  1. Gorilla Glue #4 (GG4) - Indica-dominant hybrid
  2. Bruce Banner - Indica-dominant hybrid
  3. Super Lemon Haze - Sativa-dominant hybrid
  4. Chocolope - Sativa
  5. Banana OG - Hybrid
  6. Cookie Monster - Indica-dominant hybrid