Rhode Island Medical Marijuana Laws

rhode-island-medical-marijuanaGetting cannabis approved for medical use in Rhode Island was a tortuous process!
Legality was eventually granted via the Edward O. Hawkins and Thomas C. Slater Medical Marijuana Act on January 3, 2006. It was amended June 1, 2007.

This  law will ‘have the practical effect of protecting from arrest the vast majority of seriously ill people who have a medical need to use marijuana.’

The program is administered by the Rhode Island Medical Marijuana Program.


Conditions Approved for Use of Medical Marijuana in Rhode Island


  • Cancer
  • Glaucoma
  • Positive status for HIV/AIDS or the treatment of these conditions
  • Hepatitis C or the treatment of this condition
  • Chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition or its treatment that produces:
  • 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 of Alzheimer’s disease
  • Any other medical condition or its treatment approved by the state Department of Health

Cannabis Quantities Allowed

The amount of marijuana that can be possessed and grown is up to 12 marijuana plants or 2.5 ounces of cultivated marijuana.

Primary caregivers may not possess an amount of marijuana in excess of 24 marijuana plants and five ounces of usable marijuana for qualifying patients to whom he or she is connected through the Department’s registration process.

Medical marijuana registry identification cards from any other state, U.S. territory, or the District of Columbia are valid in Rhode Island and have the same force and effect as a card issued by the Rhode Island Department of Health.

Registration Fee

  • $75
  • For applicants on Medicaid or Supplemental Security Income the fee is $10
Rhode Island Department of Health
Office of Health Professions Regulation, Room 104
3 Capitol Hill
Providence, RI 02908-5097
Phone: 401-222-2828

Full details of how to get a medical marijuana card in Rhode Island.

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  1. I suffer from sleep aptnea and currently use marijuana to help me sleep. Would i be able to get a MMJ card?

  2. I live in r.i and i have a caed but now my doc. died and my card is going to expire soon…Does anyone know where i can get a doc. to sign the new appl. for my re-newel???

  3. im in the army and im getting out soon i heard they just passed a law for military people who have the signs of PTSD and im trying to find out if im able to get my MMJ card. i have real bad nightmares and i have pain in my right arm and hand from a weapon falling on it during a rollover, do I qualify for a mm card?

    • Thats not trtu. You should be eligable for the pain in your arm and hand. As far as PTSD, that does not qualify. Speak to a doctor who supports the program.

  4. i suffer from chronic back pain i live in massachusetts can i apply for a medical marijuana card in rhode island?

    • Hmm I was wondering same thing. I was told that by a friend that you can but u need a DL from RI

  5. can someone give me a doctors name so i can take my ill 74 year old mother for getting legal marijuana my name is pamela my telephone is 603 616 5604 my mom resides in north smithfield, ri

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