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How to Get a Medical Marijuana Card in Rhode Island.

Those seeking to qualify for a medical marijuana card in Rhode Island must be able to verify their in-state residency by providing a copy of any of the below forms of identification:
    * A Rhode Island driver's license
    * A Rhode Island State ID card
    * Current car insurance bill
    * A Current Voter Registration Card
    * Any correspondence from another state agency


Fill out a short, online confidential form which we'll send to one of NuggMD's available doctors for review.

If you can verify your residence, then follow the below as next steps: 

  • Get in touch with a licensed and cannabis-friendly medical provider in Rhode Island. Schedule a medical marijuana consultation to complete the Practitioner Written Certification Form. Bring your medical records to verify that you have a qualifying condition. In addition to medical records, be sure to have a valid photo ID and the Patient Application Form during your consultation. 
  • Register and apply for a medical marijuana card online. Submit your completed Patient Application Form along with a valid phone number, email address and a $50 application fee. You may qualify for a reduced price if you can provide proof that you receive one of the following forms of assistance: 
         * Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
         * Medicaid
         * Social Security Disability Income (SSDI)
         * Veteran's Disability
         * Federal Railroad Disability Benefit
         * Wait for approval. Most applications get processed within 14 days. If approved, you will be contacted to come to take your photograph for your ID card. You will receive your medical marijuana card at your appointment.

About Medical Marijuana in Rhode Island

Rhode Island residents have been eligible to apply for a medical marijuana card under the Edward O. Hawkins and Thomas C. Slater Medical Marijuana Act since 2006.  

The purpose of the program is to protect medical marijuana patients, allowing them to treat their conditions with legal cannabis in a safe manner, protected from arrest or prosecution. 

In 2017, the Rhode Island Supreme Court determined that one's employer could not impede an employee's legal medical marijuana use, protecting their employment status and right to medicate.

Frequently Asked Questions
About Medical Marijuana in Rhode Island

Does the Rhode Island Department of Health make referrals to medical marijuana medical providers?

Currently, the Rhode Island Department of Health does not manage referrals. However, you can search for doctors that may be accepting new patients online by clicking here.

What are the qualifying medical conditions for a medical marijuana card?

Here is the list in full:

  • Cancer or the treatment of this condition
  • Glaucoma or the treatment of this condition
  • HIV/AIDS or the treatment of this condition
  • Hepatitis C or the treatment of this condition
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • A chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition or its treatment that produces one or more of the following:
  • Severe, debilitating, chronic pain
  • Cachexia or wasting syndrome
  • Severe nausea
  • Persistent and severe muscle spasms, including, but not limited to those characteristic of Crohn's disease or multiple sclerosis
  • Seizures, including but not limited to that characteristic of epilepsy
  • Agitation related to Alzheimer's Disease

Can I assign a caregiver?

Yes, Rhode Island allows patients to assign one caregiver who is at least 21 years old. Approved caregivers can provide assistance to up to five patients at any time.

How much medical marijuana can I purchase with my Medical Marijuana Card?

Currently, a Medical Marijuana Patient can purchase up to 2.5 ounces from licensed compassion centers. A Medical Marijuana Patient can buy 2.5 ounces every 15 days.

How can I get a replacement if I lose my medical cannabis card?

You can acquire a new medical marijuana card by going to the Medical Marijuana Program office (Room 105A) at the Rhode Island Department of Health. The hours are 1:00 and 3:00 pm. You will need a current Rhode Island Driver's License or State ID. There is a $10 replacement fee, which can be paid via a check or money order.

What if I relocate, or my address is no longer current?

You can update the address on your Medical Marijuana Card by submitting a $10 check or money order, proof of your new address, and the Rhode Island Department of Health address change form. A copy of the document is located here.

What forms of payment does the Rhode Island Department of Health accept for the application fee?

The Rhode Island Department of Health accepts check or money order, including its $50 patient fee associated with the application for a medical marijuana card. Be sure to make checks and money orders out to the Rhode Island General Treasurer.

What should I do when my medical marijuana card expires?

Your medical marijuana card will expire one year from its issuance. You should receive a renewal form approximately 30 to 60 days before your medical marijuana card expires. If you do not receive this form and your medical cannabis ID expires, you can request a renewal form from The Rhode Island Department of Health. You ask for the form by emailing Renewal form requests cannot be submitted online.

What should I do if I want to update my doctor?

You can submit a new practitioner certification form, which can be found on the state's website.

If I have a medical marijuana card from another state can I use it in Rhode Island?

Yes, medical marijuana patients from other states can purchase medical marijuana in Rhode Island under its reciprocity laws. Keep in mind that you will be required to provide proof of an active medical cannabis certification from your home state.

Where can I purchase Medical Marijuana in Rhode Island?

You can purchase medical marijuana at Compassion Centers. There are currently three compassion centers in Rhode Island. They are:
Greenleaf Compassionate Care Center (Portsmouth)
Thomas C. Slater Compassion Center (Providence)
Summit Medical Compassion Center (Warwick)

Where can I consume medical marijuana?

You should consume your medical cannabis in a private location, as it is illegal to do so in a public space. A suitable location includes homes or private residences.

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