Rhode Island Producer & Provider Info
A patient may designate a primary caregiver to assists with cultivating and using medical marijuana. A primary caregiver must be at least twenty-one (21) years old and cannot have a felony drug conviction. The Department of Health may allow a person to serve as a primary caregiver if he/she was convicted solely for conduct that is permitted under the Rhode Island medical marijuana provisions. The Department may also make an exception if the caregiver is a close relative and his/her felony conviction was ten (10) or more years ago.
A person can be a primary caregiver for no more than five (5) qualifying patients. A patient can only have up to two (2) primary caregivers. A primary caregiver with a registry ID card can possess up to twelve (12) marijuana plants and two and one-half (2.5) ounces of usable marijuana for each qualifying patient they are a primary caregiver for. A primary caregiver cannot have more than twenty-four (24) marijuana plants and five (5) ounces of usable marijuana no matter how many patients he or she is serving. A primary caregiver may receive reimbursement for costs associated with assisting a registered qualifying patient's medical use of marijuana. Forms can be found at the RI Department of Health's website.
Cardholders are limited to participating in a single cooperative which must display prominently a written acknowledgement by the patient. Cooperatives are limited to one per structural building and must not be visible from public. Residential cooperatives are limited to 10 ounces of usable cannabis, 24 mature plants and 12 seedlings, and commercial cooperatives are limited to 10 ounces of usable cannabis, 48 mature plants and 24 seedlings. Both residential and commercial cooperatives must be inspected to ensure compliance with zoning codes and must report their location to Rhode Island State Police, who will keep it confidential.
Not-for-profit compassion centers for the distribution of medical cannabis were authorized by law in 2009. Licensing of the centers is done by the Rhode Island Department of Health. Gov. Lincoln Chafee suspended licensing of compassion centers in October 2011 in response to threats from federal prosecutors, then resumed the program in January 2012 after background checks and additional plant limits were added to the licensing requirements. There are currently 3 compassion centers licensed in RI.
Please refer Inquires regarding the licensing of a compassion center to the Office of Facilities Regulation at OFR@health.ri.gov or call 401-222-2566. Applications can be found at the RI Department of Health's website.