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.

Back to Medical Marijuana state laws


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