Rhode Islanders with debilitating medical conditions may use medical cannabis if a licensed doctor certifies that:
Marijuana may ease their symptoms
The potential benefits of using medical marijuana would outweigh the health risks to the patient
How to get a medical marijuana card in Rhode Island
There are a few steps required to get a medical marijuana card that will be accepted at the state’s medical marijuana dispensaries. Let’s go through everything you need to know about participating in Rhode Island’s medical marijuana program.
What documents are required?
In short, you need to provide:
Practitioner written certification form (completed by your doctor)
Proof of Rhode Island residency
Completed and signed patient form (completed by you)
Non-refundable application fee
Step-1: Visit a verified physician
The first step in applying for a medical card in RI is visiting a physician to determine if you have a qualifying condition.
Advanced Practice Nurse, Physician Assistant or Physician (MD, DO) licensed to practice in RI, or
Physician (MD, DO) licensed to practice in MA or CT
Step-2: Proof of Rhode Island residency
There are several documents that can be accepted as proof of residency:
RI Driver’s License
RI ID Card
Correspondence with a state agency
Current car insurance bill
The document needs to show your current address, name, and date within 30 days of your application.
You are also required to visit the Rhode Island Medical Marijuana Program (MMP) office to have your photograph taken for the ID card, at which time you must present a current RI Driver’s license or RI State ID.
The cost of a medical marijuana card in Rhode Island is $50, with a $25 discount for qualified patients who are receiving Medicaid, veterans’ disability, federal railroad disability, SSI or SSDI.
How long does it take to get a medical marijuana card in Rhode Island?
After you’ve submitted your patient application, it usually takes between two to four weeks for your medical marijuana registration card to be approved.
How to renew a medical card in Rhode Island
Renewing your medical card in Rhode Island can be done through a form that’s obtained by emailing the Medical Marijuana Program at [email protected].
Caregivers & authorized purchasers
Who are caregivers & authorized purchasers?
Medical marijuana cardholders in Rhode Island can register one caregiver and one authorized purchaser to help them buy cannabis products.
Both caregivers and authorized purchasers are required to:
Be 21 years of age or older
Pass a criminal background check
Live in Rhode Island and provide one of the following forms of documentation:
Rhode Island driver’s license
Any correspondence from another state agency, current vehicle registration, car insurance bill or voter registration.
Pay the non-refundable caregiver application fee. The fee is $100 or $25 if you send proof with your application that you receive one of these benefits: Medicaid, veterans’ disability, federal railroad disability, SSI or SSDI.
How many caregivers can I have?
If you’re a registered medical cannabis patient in RI, you can have one registered caregiver and one authorized purchaser.
How can a caregiver help me?
Medical cannabis caregivers can purchase medical marijuana products at licensed dispensaries for up to five patients. They can also grow medical cannabis within state guidelines and provide it to their registered patients.
What is the difference between caregivers and authorized purchasers?
A primary caregiver cardholder can buy marijuana from a compassion center or grow their own and have up to five patients.
An authorized purchaser can only buy marijuana at a compassion center and have one qualified patient.
More Frequently Asked Questions
Where can I legally buy medical marijuana in Rhode Island?
You can legally buy medical marijuana in Rhode Island at one of the state’s compassion centers.
What forms and dosage amounts of medical marijuana are allowed?
Medical cannabis patients can buy up to 2.5 ounces of smokeable marijuana (“flower”) in any 30-day period in Rhode Island. You can also purchase marijuana-infused products, including edibles, tinctures, concentrates and topical products.
Does Rhode Island Medicaid cover medical marijuana?
No, Medicaid in Rhode Island doesn’t cover medical marijuana.
Can I go to a dispensary without a card in Rhode Island?
You need to have your medical marijuana card or identification card with you to go to a Rhode Island dispensaries as a medical cannabis patient. However, any adult over the age of 21 can purchase cannabis at a dispensary within legal state limits.
How easy is it to get a medical card in Rhode Island?
If you have a qualifying condition, it isn’t hard to get a medical card in RI.
Does Rhode Island take out-of-state medical cards?
If you have an out-of-state medical marijuana card and valid, current identification, your card can be accepted at RI dispensaries.
Who is eligible to become a medical cannabis patient in Rhode Island?
Rhode Island residents who have qualifying medical conditions are eligible to become medical cannabis patients.
Can I get fired for having a medical card in Rhode Island?
Rhode Island doesn’t make employers accommodate medical marijuana users. You could be fired for having a medical card in Rhode Island.
Is marijuana legal in Rhode Island?
Medical cannabis use is legal in Rhode Island. The legalization of recreational marijuana is still in progress as of late 2021.
Can you get a medical marijuana card online in Rhode Island?
Yes, you can submit your medical card application or renew your card using the RI Cannabis Licensing Portal.
Can I use my Rhode Island medical card in another state?
You can use your Rhode Island medical marijuana card in another state that has reciprocity, which means the state will accept out-of-state cards.
Can veterans get medical cannabis?
Veterans can get medical cannabis as long as they have a qualifying condition.