The Medical Marijuana law in Rhode Island became legal on January 3, 2006, making medical marijuana legal for medical use by patients with a debilitating illness.
A caregiver may be designated by a registered qualifying patient. A caregiver must be 21 years of age or above and have no background of any drug felony convictions. He shall be responsible for the patient’s medical use of marijuana. The caregiver must be registered by the patient with the Department of Health, providing the patient’s proof of designation or the patient’s application form with the caregiver’s name. A caregiver may possess up to twelve marijuana plants and two-and-a-half ounces of usable marijuana for each qualifying patient.
Compassion Center Laws
Must be a non-profit organization legal to operate under the Department of Health with the completed documents, requirements, and required fee. A Compassion Center may cultivate, transport, and dispense marijuana to a qualifying registered patient or the patient’s registered caregiver for medical use only. Owner/operator must be at least 21 years of age and have no background of drug felony offense, and he is required to have appropriate security equipment to prevent unauthorized entrance. Must not be located within 500 feet from a private or public school that is attended by minors.
Registered under the Department of Health to cultivate marijuana for medical use by a patient with debilitating illness. Must be 21 years of age or above with no drug felony offense. A grower can cultivate up to twelve marijuana plants and possess two-and-a-half ounces of marijuana for each qualifying registered patient. Must be in an enclosed and locked facility and must be located more than 500 feet from a private or public school.