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Rhode Island Recreational Dispensary and Medical Cannabis 2022 FAQ

11.30.22 - 4 min read


MEDICAL & ADULT USE


HOURS

December 1, 2022 ONLY

Medical & Adult Use 6AM – 10PM

Starting on December 2, 2022:

Medical & Adult Use 8AM – 10PM 7 days/week


PARKING

RISE Warwick

380 Jefferson

  • Curbside & Parking – Reserved for medical patients only
  • Medical-only curbside pick-up spots are in green. Medical-only parking spots are in blue.
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480 Jefferson

  • Additional parking starting December 1
    • There will be a gravel walkway and signage directing guests
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Payment

There are two ways to pay. We accept CASH payment and have ATMs available at our dispensaries. The ATM fee is $2.50. We also accept debit cards.


Legalization & Limits

Yes. Both medical and recreational cannabis are now legal in Rhode Island. In May 2022, Rhode Island Governor Dan McKee signed into law the Rhode Island Cannabis Act legalized the sale of marijuana for adult, non-medical use. Recreational marijuana is may be sold to non-patients who 21 years or older in Rhode Island beginning December 1, 2022. The state uses the term “adult use cannabis” to mean marijuana purchased at a licensed store or dispensary. Possession and use of marijuana obtained outside of a licensed store is decriminalized. This means the use or possession of adults over the age of 21 (excluding patients) of up to 1 ounce of marijuana, and possession of up to 10 ounces of marijuana within one’s primary residence, no longer has any criminal or civil consequences in the state of Rhode Island.

Medical Limit

The sale limit for patients will remain at 2.5 ounces every fifteen days.

Adult Use Limit

  • “Adult-use state regulated daily purchase limits are subject to change or due to store inventory. Please ask a RISE team member for guidance.”
    • up to one ounce of cannabis;
    • up to 7.7 grams of cannabis concentrate;
    • 83 single servings of 10 mg THC units (e.g., edibles); or
    • or some combination thereof, not to exceed one ounce, or the equivalent, of usable cannabis as a cannabis-infused product in solid, liquid, or concentrate form
  • NOTE: Purchase amounts subject to change based on availability

Ordering

Where can I order Rhode Island cannabis online?


Return Policy

RISE’s return policy allows individuals to return unopened products for a refund or exchange for any reason if the individual has not left the store. For products that have been taken out of the store, if the product is accompanied by a receipt showing that the product was purchased within the past 14 days, returns may be allowed if a mistake was made by the cashier and the product is unopened or if the product is defective.


Can I cancel/adjust my order?

Yes, you may cancel your order, please call or speak to our PCS.


Do you offer delivery? When is delivery available? 

We do not offer delivery at this time but plan to in the near future.


Are minors allowed in-store?

No, unless a registered medical patient who has a caregiver with them.


Are dogs/service animals allowed in-store? 

Service animals are welcome.


MEDICAL FAQS


How does Adult Use Cannabis sales affect medical patients?

Our dispensary roots are in supporting the well-being of our medical patients.

We will always put our patients first. RISE offers all medical patients:


  • Pre-order available online 24/7
  • Separate line, ordering and check-out
  • Exclusive product inventory and availability
  • Curbside pick-up is currently only available for medical patients and will continue to be available and will continue to be available

How do I get a medical marijuana card in Rhode Island and become a patient?

Visit https://risecannabis.com/resources/getting-a-medical-card/rhode-island/ for information about how to get a medical card in Rhode Island. You can also visit the RISE Dispensary in Rhode Island and our personal care specialists will be happy to answer your questions and help you find the right information. To become a registered patient with the Medical Marijuana Program (MMP), you must:

  • Be a Rhode Island resident.
  • Complete the first three pages of the Instructions and Application for Initial Registration as a Medical Marijuana Patient available here: https://health.ri.gov/forms/registration/MedicalMarijuanaNewApplication.pdf
  • Maintain a doctor-patient relationship with a licensed physician in Rhode Island who will provide a certification using the Practitioner Form (pages 3 to 5 from the form identified above in)
  • Be diagnosed with a qualifying medical condition by a Rhode Island health care practitioner. For the state’s list of approved debilitating medical conditions click here: https://health.ri.gov/healthcare/medicalmarijuana/
  • Complete Patient registration by mailing the completed Forms (Instructions and Application for Initial Registration as a Medical Patient identified in and the Practitioner Form identified in), the registration fee, proof of residency, and the Autism Diagnosis and/or Minor Forms (if applicable) to:
    • Department of Health | Center for Professional Licensing | Room 105A – 3 Capitol Hill | Providence, RI 02908-5097

Once approved, the Department of Health will contact the applying patient via telephone or e-mail to schedule an appointment to obtain a photo identification card.

For complete information and requirements on these items please visit https://health.ri.gov/publications/bytopic.php?parm=Medical%20Marijuana


If this is my first time to this RISE store, what do I need to do?

Please bring your valid RI Medical Marijuana Card, state-issued ID, and cash or a debit card. All our stores have ATMs available on-site. If you have questions, we provide consultations in person.


What do I do if I need help and want to speak with a live person?

You can call the RISE Dispensary at the phone number provided and ask to speak to a personal care specialist for assistance. We are happy to answer any questions you may have.


How does a caregiver purchase a product for a medical patient?

You simply need to provide your Caregiver Medical Marijuana Program ID card and state issued ID when ordering on risecannabis.com or in-person. For complete details on how to register and become a Caregiver, click here: https://health.ri.gov/healthcare/medicalmarijuana/for/patients/


Does RISE RI Dispensary offer curbside pickup?

Yes, curbside pickup is an option for medical patients who prefer not to enter the dispensary. Call or email us if you have any questions, or to arrange a pickup.


Does RI accept out-of-state MMJ cards?

The short answer is “yes,” but the rules regarding out-of-state medical marijuana cards in Rhode Island were modified in the adult use legislation and, beginning on or after March 1, 2023, patients with out-of-state medical marijuana cards will be required to also produce a valid government issued identification demonstrating residency in the same jurisdiction that issued the medical marijuana card.


Does insurance pay for medical Marijuana?

No. Unfortunately, health insurance does not yet pay for medical marijuana.


Do I need a medical card to purchase medical marijuana in RI?

Yes. You do need a medical cannabis card to buy legal marijuana in Rhode Island. The card is provided by the State of Rhode Island Department of Health Medical Marijuana Program.


Do I need a prescription from a physician?

Yes. They can certify qualified patients for registration in Rhode Island’s Medical Marijuana Program (MMP).

To get a medical marijuana card, you must have a doctor-patient relationship with a Rhode Island licensed physician who will certify that you have been diagnosed with a qualifying condition and be a Rhode Island Resident. Qualifying conditions include:


  • 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
  • A chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition or the treatment that produces one or more of the following:
    • 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
    • Alzheimer’s Disease
    • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) – Patient must be 18 years or older
    • Autism Spectrum Disorder – Practitioner must complete additional form

Is it safe to consume marijuana in Rhode Island? Where can I legally use cannabis?

Although marijuana is decriminalized in Rhode Island, you cannot smoke it anywhere you wish. You can legally use cannabis on your own property or in the privacy of your own home.

According to the state of Rhode Island, you specifically cannot smoke marijuana “in any public place that prohibits the smoking or vaporizing of tobacco products as well as any place that prohibits the smoking or vaporizing of cannabis including by rule, regulation, or by local ordinance.”


Can someone help me get medical marijuana?

You can contact a licensed Rhode Island physician to inquire if they provide medical marijuana certifications for eligible patients. For additional information please visit: https://health.ri.gov/healthcare/medicalmarijuana/for/patients/

If you need assistance, we are always here to help. Contact our Personal Care Specialists by using our contact form or calling the nearest RISE dispensary directly. We are always happy to help with the process and answer any questions you may have.


How much medical marijuana can I buy and possess?

According to the state of Rhode Island, medical patient may purchase up to 2.5 ounces every 15 days and may possess the same amount. Within one’s primary residence, a medical marijuana patient or any individual 21 years or older may possess up to 10 ounces of marijuana.


Do I need to wear a mask or face covering when entering a RISE Rhode Island Dispensary?

No, according to CDC guidelines, guests are not required to wear a mask when entering the location at this time.


What cannabis product can I buy in RI?

Rise Dispensaries in Rhode Island offer medical marijuana products like:

  • Edibles
  • Pre-rolls
  • Flower
  • Tinctures
  • Topicals
  • Vapes
  • Extract
  • Marijuana gear

Does this dispensary provide curbside pickup?

Yes, for medical patients only.


Are patients able to do early/late pickups?

Orders can be placed at any time, but pickups are only available during business hours of 8:00am to 10:00pm.


Does the store offer consultations for product recommendations? 

We offer consultations inside the store at any time, just come inside and tell one of our Personal Care Specialists that you would like some assistance.


ADULT USE FAQS

Curious about adult-use cannabis? We’re here to help!

Warwick: (401) 889-3990


If I’m new to cannabis, what do I need to know to make a purchase?

  • Adult-use sales starts on December 1, 2022 at our RISE Warwick location.
  • Purchase limits and tax details are outlined and provided by the state
  • Bring government-issued ID
  • ATMs are available on-site and we also accept debit cards
  • Join High Risers Rewards to earn points and receive special offers
  • Curbside pick-up, will only be available for medical patients. Visit our website and explore our menu at https://risecannabis.com/
  • Online ordering will be available, but limited based on inventory and volume
  • Our retail team and cannabis experts are here to provide a positive experience
  • More specific details are outlined below

When and where will I be able to buy adult-use cannabis in Rhode Island?

Starting December 1, 2022, customers 21 and over will be able to purchase adult-use marijuana at our RISE Warwick location.


How old do l need to be to purchase adult-use cannabis? What forms of ID are acceptable to enter a RISE location and purchase cannabis product?

You must be at least 21 years old. You must have a valid US government-issued state ID with you.


How much is the adult-use cannabis tax in Rhode Island?

RISE Warwick

  • 7% Existing State Sales Tax
  • 10% Adult Use Cannabis Sales Tax
  • 3% Local Sales Tax
  • Total Sales Tax: 20%

Will there be long lines at the dispensaries once adult-use cannabis is for sale to anyone 21 and older?

We expect longer lines than usual, but we’re committed to ensure an easy and enjoyable experience for our guests. We will have separate check-out lines for medical patients to ensure they have full access to the medicine they need once the recreational market opens.


Are there any rule changes for acquiring a medical card?

At this time, the State has not indicated any changes.

For any additional questions, please go to

https://dbr.ri.gov/office-cannabis-regulation

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