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State-Specific Steps

Embarking on your journey to relief in Rhode Island is simple. Let our caring specialists guide you through the state-specific steps to obtain your medical cannabis card.
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    Register Online With Leafwell

    Leafwell is coming to Rhode Island soon! Join our waitlist to be notified when we’re open in the state. Once we are, you can book an appointment with a healthcare provider via telemedicine. Our process is quick, easy, and HIPAA-compliant.

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    Discuss Medical Marijuana With Your Provider

    Speak with one of our Rhode Island-licensed healthcare providers about getting a medical cannabis certificate. You’ll discuss your medical condition and, if approved, qualify for a medical marijuana card in minutes.

    The cost of the online consultation will be $149, and you are only billed if you’re approved.

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    Receive Your Certificate From Leafwell

    Once approved by a Leafwell provider, you can apply to the state. You’ll receive the hard copy of your certificate in the mail (typically within 5-7 business days).

    Then, fill in your information on the state application form and mail it with your physician’s certification from Leafwell.

    Applications should be mailed to:
    Rhode Island Center For Professional Licensing Room 105A – 3 Capitol Hill
    Providence, RI 02908-5097

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    Receive Your Rhode Island Medical Marijuana Card

    You will receive your Rhode Island medical marijuana card in two to four weeks. Then, get your medical cannabis at a dispensary or even have it delivered to your doorstep.

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    Eligibility / Patient

    Patients must be Rhode Island residents aged 18 years old or older to qualify for a medical marijuana card.

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    Caregiver

    A registered caregiver may apply on behalf of someone unable to complete the application independently. Registered caregivers must be 21 or older.

    All patients under 18 must have a registered caregiver apply on their behalf.

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    Can Minors Qualify?

    Yes. Minor patients may be eligible for a medical marijuana card in Rhode Island and will need a caregiver to apply on their behalf.

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Legal Topics

Both medical and recreational marijuana use is now legal in Rhode Island.

The current possession limits in Rhode Island for medical cardholders are 2.5 oz. of flower on-person and up to 10 ounces on one’s property, residential or non-residential.

Qualifying patients may grow up to 12 plants and 12 seedlings. All marijuana must be cultivated in one location, and the plants must be stored in an indoor facility and tagged with plant tag certificates purchased from the Department of Business Regulation.

Caregivers

Medical marijuana patients in Rhode Island can have a caregiver. Caregivers must be listed on the patient’s application form and comply with the following conditions:

  • You must be at least 21.
  • You must live in Rhode Island and submit a copy of one item that proves you live in the state.
    • Accepted documents include:
      • Rhode Island driver’s license or state ID
      • Correspondence from another state agency
      • Current vehicle registration or car insurance bill
      • Voter’s registration card
  • You must get a copy of a National Criminal Information Center (NCIC) background check and include fingerprints.

You can make an appointment with several Rhode Island agencies to get the check, including:

    • Local police departments
    • The Office of the Rhode Island Attorney General
    • Rhode Island state police

A background check is valid for two years and can be reused if you apply as a caregiver for another patient.

Reciprocity

Rhode Island has medical marijuana reciprocity and recognizes state-issued MMJ cards from other U.S. states and territories.

The following states also accept or recognize out-of-state medical marijuana cards:

*Visitors must complete a visiting patient application with the state program.

States that have legalized recreational cannabis for adults 21 and older but do not accept out-of-state cards include:

FAQs

How much does a Rhode Island medical marijuana card cost?

Unfortunately, Leafwell cannot provide online consultations to patients in Rhode Island at this time. Rhode Islanders must visit a physician in person to be approved for a medical marijuana card; costs vary depending on the provider.

There are no state fees to apply for a medical marijuana card in Rhode Island. Caregivers can also apply for free, but they must pay for — and arrange — their own background checks.

The state does charge $10 for replacement medical marijuana cards.

What medical conditions qualify for a medical marijuana card in Rhode Island?

What do I need to know about applying for my medical marijuana in Rhode Island online?

You cannot apply for a medical marijuana card online in Rhode Island. Instead, you must first visit a qualifying physician in person to receive your recommendation.

Once you have a recommendation, you must gather the necessary documents needed for your application:

  • Proof of citizenship and Rhode Island residency. Proof of citizenship and residency can be a driver’s license, vehicle or voter registration, car insurance bill, or other official documents that show your full name and home address.
  • Medical records.

Complete your application and send it to the state with your supporting documents. There is no fee to apply for a medical marijuana card in Rhode Island.

The state agency will contact you if your application is approved to take your photograph. This can be done in person or online.

You’ll receive your Rhode Island medical marijuana card in the mail within two to four weeks.

How old do I have to be to apply for a medical marijuana card in Rhode Island?

Can I be/have a caregiver for a medical marijuana patient in Rhode Island?

Medical marijuana patients in Rhode Island can have a caregiver or an authorized purchaser. A primary caregiver can assist with the patient’s use of medical marijuana. An authorized purchaser can assist with purchasing and delivering the patient’s medical marijuana. Both caregivers and authorized purchasers must be designated by the patient.

Caregiver Requirements:

  • A primary caregiver must be at least 21 years of age and live in Rhode Island.
    • As of January 1, 2017, anyone applying for a primary caregiver registration must be a resident of Rhode Island. Caregivers who received registrations on or before December 31, 2016, will keep their primary caregiver status but must show proof of Rhode Island residency to qualify for renewal when their caregiver registration expires.
  • A primary caregiver can assist no more than five patients with their use of medical marijuana. Patients can have one caregiver.
  • Caregivers can grow and buy for patients.
    • Caregivers who will grow for their patients must register the grow location with the Rhode Island Department of Health.
    • Plant tags must be purchased from the Department of Business Regulation and will be subject to the department’s rules and regulations for tag use.
  • There is no state fee for caregivers.
  • Background check required. More information can be found here.
    • Each location will advise on any fees required.
    • The background check must include fingerprints.
    • The law enforcement agency will send the background check results directly to RIDOH. RIDOH will send a copy to you.
    • If you had a background check from the NCIC in the past two years, you can send a copy with your application. You do not need to get a new background check.
  • Caregiver information is always provided by the patient first. Once the patient designates a caregiver and shares the caregiver’s email, the caregiver will get an email with directions on how to use the portal to get approved as a caregiver.

Authorized Purchaser Requirements:

  • Each authorized purchaser can only assist one patient. Patients can have one authorized purchaser.
  • An authorized purchaser must be 21 years old and pass a National Criminal Identification Check. More information can be found here.
    • Each location will advise on any fees required.
    • The background check must include fingerprints.
    • The law enforcement agency will send the background check results directly to RIDOH. RIDOH will send a copy to you.
    • If you had a background check from the NCIC in the past two years, you can send a copy with your application. You do not need to get a new background check.
  • An authorized purchaser may live out of state.
  • Authorized purchasers can only pick up medication for patients.
  • There is no state fee for authorized purchasers.
  • The patient will designate an authorized purchaser during the state application.

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How do I apply for the state program in Rhode Island?

Getting Your Rhode Island Medical Marijuana Card

  1. Download and print the Patient Application Form
  2. Complete the Patient Application Form and sign it by hand
    1. Designate a caregiver (if applicable)
    2. Designated an authorised purchase (if applicable)
  1. Send the completed application (with the check or money order payable to the Rhode Island General Treasurer) to:

    Rhode Island Center For Professional Licensing

    Room 105A – 3 Capitol Hill

    Providence, RI 02908-5097

  2. Receive your medical marijuana card in the mail in 2-4 weeks
  3. Legally purchase medical marijuana
    1. To purchase medical cannabis, you must bring your medical cannabis card and a valid form of photo identification, such as a driver’s license, with you to the pharmacy.