Our 420 Evaluation package includes:
- Recommendation authorized by a Rhode Island licensed doctors
- 12-month medical marijuana recommendation
- Privacy of your personal data through our system compliant with HIPAA
Under current Rhode Island law, a person suffering from debilitating pathological conditions have the right to access to medical cannabis. In this, the patient must have a written recommendation from a qualified health professional. This recommendation is the basis for a medical cannabis card, which allows you to make purchases in the specialized dispensaries. To obtain medical cannabis card in Rhode Island:
Wait for approval of your application and receive the card to the address indicated in the application within 2-4 weeks.
The medical marijuana program in Rhode Island significantly improves the life quality of the patients, relieving a wide range of severe symptoms. In cases where the doctor considers that the potential benefits from the use of medical cannabis exceed the health risks, he/she gives out the prescription for a medical cannabis card. The participant of the program has the right to buy medical marijuana in the specialized dispensaries legally. The availability of the card is a prerequisite for making purchases (both for the patient and for the caregiver/authorized buyer).
Medical cannabis has been legal in the state since 2006, when Edward O. Hawkins and Thomas C. Slater Medical Marijuana Act was adopted, which actually decriminalized medical cannabis. The law protects the right for use, cultivation, and storage of weed in the amount of up to 12 adult plants, 12 plants in the vegetative stage of maturation, and 2.5 ounces of dry hemp cones. At the same time, as of 2020, recreational cannabis is illegal in the state. In this, local authorities made attempts to adopt a so-called law “About adult cannabis use”, but at the moment, the bill has been not supported. Meanwhile, the state has excluded criminal liability for the storage of 1 ounce of cannabis, limited to a civil offense followed by a fine.
Hawkins and Thomas C. Slater Medical Marijuana Act were adopted in 2006 to regulate the medical use of cannabis legislatively. The basic rights of patients requiring cannabis therapy were spelled out in it. It also contains the basic terms, such as caregiver and authorized buyer. To date, the Rhode Island Department of Health is guided by the law of Edward O. Hawkins and Thomas C. Slater in its actions aimed at regulating the field of medical cannabis.
Any resident of Rhode Island who has been diagnosed with one of the following pathologies have the right to participate in the medical marijuana program:
By law, patients and caregivers have the right to cultivate up to 12 cannabis plants in the flowering stage and up to 12 plants in the vegetative stage, as well as to store up to 2.5 ounces of dry hemp cones. Exceeding this limit will be classified as a criminal offense and can entail a fine or even a prison term. Cannabis cultivation must be performed in such a way that strangers can’t see the cannabis plants on your site without binoculars or other special equipment.
Patients and caregivers participating in the medical cannabis program of Rhode Island have the right to buy weed legally from the licensed dispensaries. Weed sales dynamics through the dispensaries indicate an intensive development of this market. In particular, in 2019, the dispensaries of Rhode Island sold medical cannabis valued at $56 million, while in 2018, this figure was $17.8 million (data of the top marijuana regulator Norman Birenbaum). To date, sales points of cannabis are relatively evenly distributed throughout the state, so it is easy to find a seller in the vicinity of your home or office. For this, use the map of dispensaries in Rhode Island.
Any adult resident of Rhode Island can participate in the medical marijuana program (as well as the minor persons in the presence of a caregiver – a parent or other guardian). Under the medical cannabis program, the person can be registered as a patient, a caregiver, or an authorized buyer. A patient who, for objective reasons, can’t buy or grow cannabis on his/her own, can appoint 1 authorized buyer and 1 caregiver. The caregiver must be appointed to the persons under the age of 18. In this, the caregiver is allowed to have no more than 5 wards, while an authorized buyer can only be associated with one patient. Patients who have written confirmation of the doctor about the benefits of cannabis as a part of therapy are exempted from criminal liability for the use and storage of cannabis. In this, you shouldn’t forget that federal law considers cannabis as a drug. In addition, driving under the influence of marijuana cannot be justified by the patient’s status and is punishable by law. As for consuming weed in public places, here, the patient is also restricted by law.
According to the law, a doctor practicing on the territory of Rhode Island has the right to prescribe a patient access to medical cannabis. This category includes doctors, general practitioners, nurse practitioners, medical professionals, or qualified consultants on patient cards. Medical specialist independently decides on the recommendation of medical cannabis based on the expected therapeutic effect. Keep in mind that not all medical specialists in Rhode Island are loyal to cannabis. Therefore, you should contact the specialists, who use marijuana as a part of complex therapy or as a supportive product for their patients.
Patients who can’t buy or grow cannabis on their own have the right to appoint a caregiver. This must be a person who meets the following criteria:
The fact of residency can be confirmed by attaching the copy of one of the documents:
Then, all you need is to deposit $100 of the caregiver contribution. If you or the patient enclose evidence that you have benefits, such as:
-Medicaid Supplemental Security Income
-Social Security Disability Income
-Federal railroad disability,
then the fee will be only $25.
Such confirmation can be obtained on the official website www.ssa.gov.
Extension of the medical cannabis card in RI
To extend the MMJ RI card, follow the algorithm below:
If you don’t have any general practitioner in Rhode Island – contact “Dr.Weedy”.