Status: In Rhode Island, qualifying patients may possess and use medical marijuana. State licensed businesses may grow, process, transport, and dispense medical marijuana.
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The History of Rhode Island Marijuana
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.
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.
Update: Gov. Raimondo has proposed an expansion plan for Rhode Island’s medical cannabis industry, pushing to increase the number of allowed dispensaries, or “compassion centers,” and open access to residents in neighboring states.