After much debate about Senate Bill 0710 in 2005 and 2006, the bill to legalize medical marijuana finally passed and was substituted with The Edward O. Hawkins and Thomas C. Slater Medical Marijuana Act in 2009. This bill allows for patients in Rhode Island to possess up to 12 marijuana plants or 2.5 ounces of cultivated marijuana. Caregivers in Rhode Island can possess 24 marijuana plants and up to five ounces of usable marijuana for their qualifying patients.
To obtain a medical marijuana card in Rhode Island, you must have a recommendation from a licensed physician stating that you have one or more of the qualifying medical conditions and will benefit from the use of cannabis.
To find a doctor for a medical marijuana recommendation, please enter your location in the search field above.
There are currently very few compassion centers in Rhode Island. The first compassion center opened on April 19, 2013. To find a trusted, legal medical marijuana business in your area, please enter your location in the search field above.
If you have a medical marijuana registry identification card from another state, you may use it in the state if your medical conditions are also approved in Rhode Island.
Recently, the Rhode Island House Judiciary Committee heard from a broad array of marijuana supporters while discussing bill H 5777, the Marijuana Regulation, Control, and Taxation Act. The bill would allow adults 21 and older to cultivate and possess limited amounts of recreational cannabis in the state of Rhode Island.
If the most recent discussed bills do pass, citizens would need to be at least 21 years of age and older to purchase recreational marijuana.
Currently, there are no retail marijuana stores in the state of Rhode Island. If H 5777 and its Senate companion S 510 do pass, the Department of Business Regulation would license and regulate marijuana producers and open at least 10 retail stores.
Legally, medical marijuana users can consume their medicine private settings only. Recreational use of marijuana is illegal in all of Rhode Island in both private and public settings.
Unless you have a state-issued Rhode Island medical marijuana card, you are not allowed to possess any marijuana in the state.