Rhode Island Medical Marijuana Card Laws
June 17, 2016

Rhode Island Medical Marijuana Card
In order to be afforded legal protection under the Rhode Island Medical Marijuana law, as per the Edward O. Hawkins and Thomas C. Slater Medical Marijuana Act, qualified medical marijuana patients must register with the state patient registry and possess a valid state-issued identification card by submitting a medical marijuana card application to the Rhode Island Medical Marijuana Program (RIMMP).

A Rhode Island medical marijuana card is an identification card issued by the Rhode Island Department of Health (DOH), to qualifying patients, personal caregivers, or dispensary agents. The Rhode Island medical marijuana card verifies that the patient has received a written certification from a physician, stating that he or she may benefit from the medicinal use of marijuana, as per the qualifying medical conditions outlined by the State program.

For purposes of the DOH, and law enforcement, the medical marijuana card serves to identify those patients who are exempt from Rhode Island criminal and civil penalties, for conduct pursuant to the medical use of marijuana.

HOW TO GET A MEDICAL MARIJUANA CARD IN RHODE ISLAND

As per the Rhode Island Department of Health’s “Edward O. Hawkins and Thomas C. Slater Medical Marijuana Act“, the following outline serves as a guide on how to register for a medical marijuana card:

  1. Patients are required to obtain legitimate medical records or documentation from their primary care physician describing the diagnosis of their qualifying condition —
  2. Patients are required to obtain a signed Physician’s Statement  required to obtain a signed Physician’s Statement from a physician, currently licensed to practice medicine in Rhode Island  — *Find a certified 
  3. Patients must be a resident in the state of Rhode Island with proof of residency. If you do not have a Rhode Island I.D. an out of state I.D., passport, or other photo I.D. with proof of residency such as bank statement, utility bill, etc is acceptable.
  4. To qualify, a patient needs to be diagnosed by a physician as having one of the following debilitating medical conditions that is specifically identified in the 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.
  5. Once certified, all patient MUST complete an application to register with the Rhode Island Patient Registry — registration in mandatory to be ensured protection under, Rhode Island’s medical marijuana law.
  6. The Rhode Island MMP does accept out of state registry cards, but only for the conditions approved by the Edward O. Hawkins and Thomas C. Slater Medical Marijuana Act.
  7. The Rhode Island Patient Registry fee is $100 for new applications, and renewals. For patients on Medicaid or Supplemental Security Income (SSI), the fee is $10.
  8. Submit applications to:

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)