Rhode Island

Getting a Medical Marijuana Card in Rhode Island

Marijuana is legal for medical consumption in Rhode Island, where it is legal to carry 2 and a 1/2 ounces, and to cultivate up to 12 plants and 12 seedlings. There is a laidback stance on cultivation, but the state only has 3 dispensaries.

For anyone looking to come to California who’s in need of a Medical Marijuana Card, book an appointment and have a chat with Leafwell. Rhode Island allows for medical marijuana card (MMC) recommendations online via telehealth without the need for a prior relationship with a physician. Rhode Island’s reciprocity laws may mean that a medical marijuana card from California is valid in Rhode Island, although whether this allows you into a cannabis dispensary is up at the dispensary’s discretion.

By JJBers. From https://www.flickr.com/photos/jjbers/45830394755. CC By 2.0.


Telehealth/telemedicine available. In-person appointment is not needed.

How Old Do I Have to Be to Apply for a Medical Marijuana Card?

18 years old or over. Caregivers must be 21 years old or over.

How Long Does it take to Get My MMJ Card?

15 – 30 days


$100. For patients on Medicaid or Supplemental Income (SSI), the fee is $10.

Possession Limit (Medical Marijuana Patients)

2.5 ounces

Qualifying Conditions

  • Cancer or the treatment of this condition
  • 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
  • Cachexia or wasting syndrome
  • Severe, debilitating, chronic pain
  • 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


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.

Get Your Medical Marijuana Card in Minutes. Apply Now.

Get a Rec