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OPEN A DISPENSARY IN RHODE ISLAND

Program Overview:

In January of 2006, Rhode Island legalized the possession and use of medical marijuana for qualifying patients in the state. A registered Rhode Island compassion center may acquire, possess, cultivate, manufacture, deliver, transfer, transport, supply, or dispense marijuana to registered qualifying patients and their registered primary caregivers who have designated the compassion center as one of their primary caregivers. On April 19, 2013 Rhode Island’s first medical marijuana dispensary, The Thomas C. Slater Compassion Center in Providence, opened.

The state is not currently accepting any new applications for marijuana businesses. In the event the state decides to reopen the application process and you would like to be notified, sign up for our emailing list here. In the meantime, review the information below to prepare yourself and stay ahead of the game.

Dispensary/Cultivation Application Tools and Services:

1. Purchase our Roadmap To Success, a detailed summary and checklist of all the action items you will need to complete prior to moving forward with an application submission for a marijuana business license.

2. Browse and purchase our Marijuana Business Plan Templates (Cultivation Plan, Operations Plan, Security Plan etc.)

Refer to map for states with current and/or upcoming application opportunities to apply for medical marijuana licenses.

DEMOGRAPHICS – RHODE ISLAND

DECRIMINALIZED

Medical Use

DATE PASSED

January 3, 2006

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

A registered Rhode Island compassion center may acquire, possess, cultivate, manufacture, deliver, transfer, transport, supply, or dispense marijuana to registered qualifying patients and their registered primary caregivers who have designated the compassion center as one of their primary caregivers. On April 19, 2013 Rhode Island’s first medical marijuana dispensary, The Thomas C. Slater Compassion Center in Providence, opened.

QUALIFYING MEDICAL CONDITIONS

Cancer or the treatment of this condition, Glaucoma or the treatment of this condition, Positive status for Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) or the treatment of this condition, Acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) or the treatment of this condition, Hepatitis C or the treatment of this condition. A chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition or its treatment that produces one or more of the following: Cachexia or wasting syndrome, Severe, debilitating, chronic pain, Severe nausea, Seizures, including but not limited to those characteristic of epilepsy, Severe and persistent muscle spasms, including but not limited to those characteristic of multiple sclerosis or Crohn’s disease, Agitation related to Alzheimer’s Disease.

CURRENT OPPORTUNITIES

Potential future opportunities. HB 5777- an act to tax and regulate marijuana- was introduced in March 2015 and is making its way through legislation.

PROJECTED PATIENT BASE

10,268

NUMBER OF DISPENSARIES

3

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