Rhode Island’s official government site providing the rules and regulations in the state can be found at: http://www.health.ri.gov
House Bill 6052 took affect immediately after its passage in 2006. Patients who possess a “written certification” from their physician recommending the use of medical marijuana are required to sign up with the state’s confidential registry, which issues identification cards (PDF). Rhode Island allows visiting qualifying medical marijuana patients with a valid medical marijuana identification to medicate within the state.
- Illnesses: cachexia; cancer; glaucoma; hepatitis C; severe or chronic pain; severe nausea; epilepsy and other conditions characterized by seizures; multiple sclerosis and other muscle spasticity disorders; Crohn’s disease; Alzheimer’s disease
- Possession: 2.5 ounces of usable marijuana
- Cultivation: 12 marijuana plants
- Dispensaries: The state oversees the licensing and regulation of not-for-profit “compassion centers”
- Statute: Rhode Island Gen. Laws 21-28.6-1 – 21-28.6-2