State: Rhode Island
MEDICAL MARIJUANA STATUS: Legal since 2006
- Alzheimer's Disease
- Chronic pain
- Crohn's disease
- Hepatitis C
- Persistent muscle spasms
- Post traumatic stress disorder
- Other conditions are subject to approval
Patient Possession Limits
Two and one-half ounces
Yes, up to 12 plants and 12 seedlings. All marijuana must be cultivated in one location. All marijuana must be cultivated in one location. Must be stored in an indoor facility.
Two or more cardholders may cooperatively cultivate marijuana in residential or non-residential locations subject to the following restrictions:
Non-residential - no more than 10 ounces of usable marijuana, 48 mature marijuana plants, and 48 seedlings.
Residential - no more than 10 ounces of useable marijuana, 24 mature marijuana plants, and 24 seedlings.
Yes, the caregiver must be 21 years of age or older. Primary caregiver may assist no more than 5 qualifying patients with their medical use of marijuana. Patients can appoint no more than one caregiver.
Yes, authorizes a patient with a debilitating medical condition, with a registry identification card (or its equivalent), to engage in the medical use of marijuana. Also authorizes a person to assist with the medical use of marijuana by a patient with a debilitating medical condition.
RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA STATUS: Not legal
HEMP: Legal since 2016
H8232 establishes rules for the commercial, licensed cultivation of hemp in the state. The legislation creates the "Hemp Growth Act" to treat hemp as an agricultural product that may be legally produced, possessed, distributed and commercially traded. The Department of Business Regulation will be responsible for establishing rules and regulations for the licensing and regulation of hemp growers and processors. The Department is also authorized to certify any higher educational institution in Rhode Island to grow or handle or assist in growing or handling industrial hemp for the purpose of agricultural or academic research. The law will take effect January 1, 2017. Members of Congress have approved language (Section 7606) in the omnibus federal Farm Bill authorizing states to sponsor hemp research absent federal reclassification of the plant.