Welcome to GreenWay Rhode Island! We are an online resource and physicians’ network that helps patients obtain their medical marijuana cards in Rhode Island. We also have a full range of online resources to help you navigate the application process and learn more as you begin your treatment with medical marijuana.
Medical Marijuana History in Rhode Island
The Medical Marijuana Act Law in Rhode Island took effect on January 3, 2006, which legalizes patients to use medical cannabis, possess up to two-and-a-half ounces, and cultivate up to twelve plants. June 16, 2009, was the authorization of medical cannabis dispensaries; up to three will be permitted in the state. The new law, which declares that only one dispensary will be allowed to operate for 2010 and two more in 2011, will make Rhode Island the third in the US (next to New Mexico and California) to sell medical cannabis. In 2011, the licenses that were to be issued to the three dispensaries (called Compassion Centers) had been held by Governor Chafee. There were no operational dispensaries in the state of Rhode Island until the Thomas C. Slater Compassion Center in Providence opened on April 19, 2013.