How To Get A Medical Marijuana Card In Rhode Island?
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Yes, Rhode Island is one of the 38 US states where consuming medical cannabis is legal and the state does register qualifying patients for a Rhode Island medical marijuana card.

However, there are still some limitations set in place by the state that influence the whole process of getting a Rhode Island medical marijuana card.

For example, the state doesn’t allow patients to get a certified medical marijuana recommendation via a telehealth or telemedicine platform. This greatly affects the overall cost involved with the process as the patients have to pay high in-person appointment charges to get an in-person medical marijuana recommendation.

To help you get a better understanding of the whole program, let’s take an in-depth dive into the Rhode Island Medical Marijuana Program.

Possible Benefits of Having A Medical Marijuana Card In Rhode Island

Back in 2022, recreational use of marijuana was legalized within Rhode Island. These steps raised questions about the need for an active medical marijuana program and why people should even apply for a medical marijuana card within the state in the first place. A simple answer to all this confusion will be ‘added benefits’.

It is true that now both recreational and medical usage of marijuana is legalized within Rhode Island. But individuals who have a registered medical marijuana card enjoy far more added benefits that are not available to recreational marijuana users.

On average, recreational marijuana consumers have to pay around 13% sales tax on their marijuana purchases while medical marijuana consumers only pay around 7% in sales tax. Access to state-authorized marijuana dispensaries is also prioritized for medical marijuana products. These dispensaries are usually equipped with experts who can guide you to find the right strain for you.

Having a medical marijuana card also allows you to possess up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana products and up to 10 ounces on your property. The card also gives you a special right to cannabis cultivation so you can grow your preferred cannabis strain in your home.

Eligibility Requirements

The eligibility requirements set by Rhode Island’s medical marijuana regulatory authority are quite straightforward. You must be older than 18 and have a valid recommendation signed by a certified medical practitioner from Rhode Island. As the state doesn’t allow patients to get the recommendation via a telemedicine channel, the patient must visit the doctor in person for consultation.

However, to make this process convenient for potential patients, the state doesn’t require you to prior have a relationship or consultation history with the medical doctor. However, getting diagnosed with a qualifying medical condition is a must.

Minors are also eligible to apply for a medical marijuana card as long as they have an active registered caregiver (parents/legal guardians) by their side who can aid them with the consumption, possession, and purchase of medical marijuana-based products.

Qualifying Medical Conditions

As per the Rhode Island medical marijuana law, a patient must be diagnosed with one of the following medical conditions in order to be marked eligible for a medical marijuana card,

  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Hepatitis
  • Cancer
  • Chronic pain
  • Autism/Asperger syndrome
  • Epilepsy and seizure disorders
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) (minors aren’t eligible)
  • Glaucoma
  • Cachexia (Wasting Syndrome)
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Nausea and vomiting

How To Apply For A Medical Marijuana Card In Rhode Island? Step-By-Step Guide

Before diving right into the step-by-step guide we are going to provide for Rhode Island’s Medical Marijuana Program, you need to gather some very crucial documents. These documents include,

  • A legal document (driver’s license, state ID) verifying that you’re older than 18.
  • A certified medical marijuana prescription is dated and signed by a registered health practitioner.
  • Proof of your citizenship and Rhode Island residency.
  • Any sort of medical records including records of past checkups and medications.

Once you’re in possession of all these documents, you can now start following the given steps,

  • As per the state law, you need to meet the registered medical practitioner in person for your appointment as the medical practitioner will out a ‘Practitioner Written Certification Form that you’ll submit with your application later.
  • Once you get the recommendation, you can now submit your Rhode Island medical marijuana application with all the necessary documents attached.
  • If your application gets approved, you’ll be contacted by the state agency to take your photograph. You can also do this online if you follow all the picture-related guidelines properly. Once that is done, you can expect to receive your medical marijuana card via mail in about three to four weeks at best.

What To Expect During Your Kif Appointment?

Rhode Island’s medical marijuana regulating authority mentions that patients need to get their medical marijuana recommendations via in-person appointments. This limits the services offered by the Kif in the region and we prefer to only guide medical marijuana applicants and answer any questions they might have regarding the whole process.

Potential Cost

Since 2022, the state doesn’t charge any application fee from medical marijuana applicants. The only cost left in the whole process will be the appointment fee you’ll be paying to get a medical marijuana recommendation. From what we know, these appointments can become very costly and hard to schedule with your everyday routine.

Medical Marijuana Reciprocity

As of 2023, Rhode Island has signed medical marijuana reciprocity with every other state. This means that individuals having a valid medical marijuana card from any other US state can purchase and possess medical marijuana products in Rhode Island. All they need is a valid MMJ card and an ID.

Applying As A Caregiver

As per the Rhode Island medical marijuana regulations, you can apply as a caregiver for a patient who is minor (under 18) or physically not able to purchase/consume medical marijuana products on their own. Both parents and registered caregivers can apply as the patient’s caregiver considering that they are listed on the patient’s application form.

There is no application fee for registration but the potential caregiver must submit a background check done via the National Criminal Information Center (NCIC). You can contact your local police department, Rhode Island Attorney General’s Office, etc to book an appointment.

How & Where To Buy Medical Marijuana In Rhode Island?

Once you receive your Rhode Island medical marijuana card, you can now purchase the required medical marijuana products from state-authorized dispensaries. These dispensaries are usually equipped with all sorts of medical marijuana products and also offer services that can aid you in selecting the right marijuana strain or product.

Is ‘Cannabis Cultivation’ a better option in Rhode Island??

As per the Rhode Island marijuana law, patients who do qualify can cultivate up to 12 cannabis plants and can possess up to 12 seedlings. However, there are some limitations set by the state as well.

For example, the plants must be kept indoors in a closed and private facility. The plants must also have tag certificates obtained from the state’s Department of Business Regulation.

Two or more cardholders can cooperate with cultivating marijuana at a place following the given rules,

  • No more than 10 ounces of usable marijuana (48 mature plants and 48 seedlings) can be cultivated on non-residential properties.
  • No more than 10 ounces of usable marijuana (24 mature plants and 48 seedlings) can be cultivated on residential properties.

Rhode Island Medical Marijuana Laws That You Should Be Aware Of!

As per the Rhode Island marijuana law, patients must submit medical marijuana recommendations obtained via an in-person appointment. No one is allowed to obtain a prescription via a telemedicine channel.

There is no registration fee for new applicants. However, a $10 renewal fee will be charged.
Patients who do qualify for a Rhode Island medical marijuana card can cultivate up to 12 cannabis plants and can possess up to 12 seedlings.


Are there specific medical marijuana doctors in Rhode Island who can recommend the card?

  • Yes, only specific medical marijuana doctors authorized by the governing body in Rhode Island can recommend the card.

Can I use my Medical Marijuana Card from another state in Rhode Island?

  • Yes, you can use an out-of-state medical marijuana card in the state.

How long is the Medical Marijuana Card valid in Rhode Island?

  • The Medical Marijuana Card will be valid for one year.

Where can I purchase medical marijuana after obtaining my card in Rhode Island?

  • There are a number of medical marijuana dispensaries throughout the state from which registered medical marijuana patients can buy marijuana products.

Are there any restrictions on the amount of medical marijuana I can possess in Rhode Island with the card?

  • The Rode Island medical marijuana card allows you to possess up to 2.5 ounces of cannabis or product concentrates at a time.

Can I grow my own cannabis plants if I have a Medical Marijuana Card in Rhode Island?

  • Yes, you can grow your own cannabis plants with a medical marijuana card in Rhode Island. Qualifying patients can cultivate up to 12 cannabis plants and can possess up to 12 seedlings.

What should I do if I lose my Medical Marijuana Card in Rhode Island?

  • In such a scenario, we advise you to contact the regulatory authority and apply for a card renewal asap.

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