Medical (Comprehensive)

Important Dates

2006: Medical marijuana was legalized.
2009: The state introduced a state compassion care centers program.
2013: The first compassion care center opened for business.


In 2015, the Governor vetoed Senate Bill 0710. In 2016, that veto was successfully overridden, removing state-level penalties on the use and possession of medical marijuana for patients suffering from qualifying conditions or treatments. In 2009, an amendment was put into place which included a state-licensed compassion care centers program, and the first compassion care center opened in 2013.


Can I possess, buy or grow marijuana in Rhode Island?

Patients can possess and use medical marijuana if they suffer from one of the qualifying conditions. These conditions include but are not limited to:

  • Cancer
  • Severe nausea
  • Hepatitis C
  • Chronic pain
  • Muscle spasms
  • Alzheimer’s disease

Patients can possess up to two and a half ounces of marijuana at a time. Patients can appoint a caregiver to assist in cultivating, obtaining and providing medical cannabis. Patients can cultivate up to 12 immature flowering plants and up to 12 mature flowering plants. Each plant must have a valid tag issued by the Department of Business Regulation.

Can I operate a vehicle while under the influence of marijuana in Rhode Island?

No. It is illegal to drive a motor vehicle with a detectable level of a drug in the blood.

How do I get a medical marijuana card in Rhode Island?

To qualify for a medical marijuana card, you must have a doctor confirm you qualify and fill out a Practitioner Form. You then should register as a medical marijuana patient, pay an application fee and designate a caregiver and authorized purchaser.

Can I use marijuana in public in Rhode Island?

No, you cannot smoke in public or in any place where the use of tobacco is permitted.

Can I sell marijuana in Rhode Island?

Only state-licensed dispensaries are permitted to sell medical cannabis.


The information presented here should not be construed as legal advice. State and Federal laws are always subject to change. We aim to keep this page as updated as possible; however, for additional information regarding Rhode Island marijuana laws, please see Find Law and the National Conference of State Legislatures.