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Rhode Island Medical Marijuana Program: Contact Details

Rhode Island Department of Health

Office of Health Professions Regulation, Room 104

3 Capitol Hill

Providence, RI 02908-5097

Phone: 401-222-2828

Email: doh.mmp@health.ri.gov

Website: Rhode Island Medical Marijuana Program (MMP)

Note from State, on sources for medical marijuana

“Compassion centers are places for patients who have qualifying conditions to obtain medical marijuana as allowed by Rhode Island law. Three compassion centers are licensed in Rhode Island: the Thomas C. Slater Compassion Center in Providence; Summit Medical Compassion Center in Warwick; and Greenleaf Compassionate Care Center in Portsmouth,” Medical Marijuana Compassion Centers [Accessed Mar. 1, 2016]

The Rhode Island Patient Registry is $100. For patients on Medicaid or Supplemental Income (SSI), the fee is $10. The Rhode Island Marijuana Registry is mandatory, and does accept other state’s registry cards, but only the conditions that are approved by the Edward O. Hawkins and Thomas C. Slater Medical Marijuana Act.

Rhode Island Medical Marijuana Program: Information

Senate Bill 0710 was approved by the House and Senate; the bill was then vetoed by the Governor, which was then subsequently over-ridden by the House and Senate, in June 2005.

Ultimately the House overrode the veto passing the “Edward O. Hawkins and Thomas C. Slater Medical Marijuana Act”, in January 2006, effectively removing all state-level criminal penalties on the use and possession of marijuana by patients in possession of a written letter from a physician stating that he or she may benefit from the medical use of marijuana for alleviating symptoms caused by debilitating medical conditions and their medical treatments.

The first state-licensed medical marijuana dispensary, opened to registered patients, in April 2013.

Rhode Island Medical Marijuana Program: Qualifying Conditions

Patients in Rhode Island diagnosed with one of the following severe, debilitating, or life-threatening medical conditions, are afforded legal protection under the Rhode Island’s medical marijuana law:

cancer, glaucoma, positive status for HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C, or the treatment of these conditions;

A chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition or its treatment that produces cachexia or wasting syndrome; debilitating, chronic and severe pain; severe nausea; seizures, including but not limited to, those characteristic of epilepsy; or severe and persistent muscle spasms, including but not limited to, those characteristic of multiple sclerosis or Crohn’s disease; or agitation of Alzheimer’s Disease;

or any other medical condition or its treatment approved by the state Department of Health.

Rhode Island Medical Marijuana Program: Possession and Cultivation Regulations

The Edward O. Hawkins and Thomas C. Slater Medical Marijuana Act, legally allows for the cultivation, use, and possession of no more than twelve plants, and five ounces of usable cannabis, by registered patients and their primary caregivers.

Rhode Island Medical Marijuana Program: Telemedicine

Qualified medical marijuana patients may now choose to see a marijuana doctor online, in Rhode Island, using medical marijuana telemedicine services for the purposes of obtaining a Rhode Island medical marijuana evaluation, instead of doing so in-person:

see a marijuana doctor online and on-demand, via the telemedicine portal, now

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