Rhode Island Medical Marijuana
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How to Get a Rhode Island Medical Marijuana Card
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Our doctor will determine whether you qualify for a medical card after a quick 10-15 minute evaluation.
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If approved, you'll receive your written certification the same day which you can then use to apply online with the state for your card.
How to Get a Medical Marijuana Card in Rhode Island
The state of Rhode Island is currently only allowing online telemedicine evaluations for medical cannabis renewals, so your first visit with us will have to be in person at one of our clinic locations.
Our clinic locations will be opening sometime in fall 2021. In the meantime, we recommend joining our waitlist by filling out one of the forms on this page so that you can be one of the first patients we contact to schedule an appointment.
RI Medical Card Requirements
You must be a Rhode Island resident. There is no age requirement, however, patients under the age of 18 will need a parent or guardian to register as their caregiver.
To become an RI medical marijuana patient, you will need to have at least one of the following state-approved debilitating medical conditions:
- Chronic pain
- Cancer or the treatment of this condition
- Glaucoma or the treatment of this condition
- HIV / AIDS
- Hepatitis C or the treatment of this condition
- Cachexia or wasting syndrome
- 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
If you have a qualifying condition with medical documentation (such as medical records, pill bottles, office visit summaries, or a letter from a doctor stating your diagnosis), then you're ready to be seen by our doctor to get certified!
If you have a qualifying condition but DON'T have medical documentation, call or text us at 240-356-1000 so that we can schedule you with a doctor that can diagnose and then a doctor that can certify you. We do not charge extra for the diagnosis.
Our licensed marijuana doctor will evaluate you based on your current health condition, medical history, and any documentation you are able to provide as proof. If approved, we'll issue the written certification needed to apply with the state the same day of your appointment.
RI Medical Marijuana Card Appointment
Click the link below to schedule your in-person or online Medical Marijuana Card appointment. Keep in mind that online telemedicine appointments are only allowed for renewal visits.
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Have Questions About Rhode Island Medical Cannabis?
Rhode Island Medical Marijuana Certification Process
The certification process in Rhode Island is similar to many other medical states. Patients will need to be certified by a doctor and registered with the state before being able to access dispensaries.
Schedule an appointment with a licensed medical marijuana doctor.
Speak with the doctor to find out if you qualify.
Obtain your written certification and apply with the state.
Get your medical marijuana ID card and start purchasing at dispensaries the same day!
The first step in getting your Rhode Island medical marijuana card is to be evaluated and certified by a state-licensed medical cannabis doctor.
It can sometimes be difficult for patients to find a doctor who will certify them. Our clinics will be open soon and we will also be offering online telemedicine evaluations for renewals, making the search for a physician easy for you.
If you believe that you have one of the qualifying medical conditions and have at least one type of proof, then you will most likely qualify. Our doctor can evaluate you, review any medical documentation you are able to provide, and issue your certification so that you can apply for your card.
The next step after being certified by a doctor is to apply with the Rhode Island Department of Health as a medical cannabis patient. In order to apply, patients will need to have:
- Completed practitioner written certification
- One proof of Rhode Island residency
- $50 application fee ($25 with Proof of Medicaid, SSI,
SSDI or Veterans’ Disability)
Once approved by our doctor, we'll issue the completed written certification form the same day. You can then submit this with your application to the state along with proof of Rhode Island residency and the application fee via postal mail.
Mail Applications to:
Rhode Island Center for Professional Licensing
Room 105A - 3 Capitol Hill
Providence, RI 02908-5097
Applications take 2-4 weeks to process from the date the state received them. Upon approval, you will receive a letter to come to a state office for your photograph and ID card.
Rhode Island Medical Marijuana Card Information from our Physician
Medical marijuana dispensaries have finally opened their doors in the state of Rhode Island. This is an exciting time for patients who have waited so long to get the medicine they need. Even with dispensaries opening and Rhode Island's medical marijuana program gaining momentum, many patients are still unclear on how to obtain a Rhode Island medical marijuana card. Green Health Docs have helped over 100,000 patients navigate through this confusing process, and we can help you get certified as well.
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If you are a Rhode Island resident with one of the state-approved medical conditions, then you most likely qualify. If you’re unsure, give us a call or text 7 days per week at 240-356-1000 and we’ll be happy to assist.
You will just need to submit a valid photo ID along with your completed intake form. If you have a qualifying condition but DON'T have medical documentation, call or text us at 240-356-1000 so that we can schedule you with a doctor that can diagnose and then a doctor that can certify you. We do not charge extra for the diagnosis.
Once your telemedicine appointment is booked, you'll receive a confirmation email shortly after. This email will have the link to your intake form which is where you will fill out your medical information as well as upload your ID and any medical documentation you are able to provide.
Only a licensed medical marijuana doctor can determine if you qualify for the program, so we cannot guarantee your approval. However, if you do not get approved by our doctor you will receive a FULL refund! Our knowledgeable and friendly support staff is ready to help get you fully prepared for your appointment so that you have the best chance of approval, just give us a call at 240-356-1000 if you would like to know more.
A Rhode Island-licensed medical marijuana doctor will examine you, review any medical documentation you are able to provide and assess your medical history. Appointments are typically about 10-15 minutes. We will also maintain your patient records and provide follow-up care as needed.
• Chronic nonmalignant pain caused by a qualifying medical condition or that originates from a qualifying medical condition and persists beyond the usual course of that qualifying medical condition.
• Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
• Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
• Crohn’s disease
• Parkinson’s disease
• Multiple sclerosis (MS)
• Medical conditions of the same kind or class as or comparable to the others listed.
• A terminal condition diagnosed by a physician other than the qualified physician issuing the physician certification.
You can fax your records to 240-366-1932 or you can have them emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yes. Children (under the age of 18) can become medical marijuana patients in New Hampshire. However, the child must have a parent or guardian register as his/her caregiver.
Caregivers provide a service for medical marijuana patients (including those under 18) who cannot or do not wish to go to a dispensary to purchase their medical marijuana. A caregiver is able to purchase medical marijuana on behalf of the patient as well as help administer the medication. Caregivers are only appointed by patients and must be 21 years or older and register with the state as a caregiver.
No. Insurance companies do not cover any costs associated with medical marijuana due to conflicts with federal law.
Patients are permitted to purchase and possess up to 2.5 ounces of usable cannabis every 15 days.
Virtually all types of medical marijuana will be available at dispensaries in Rhode Island including raw flower, concentrates, edibles, tinctures, topicals, transdermal patches, and more.
Yes! Patients who want to grow their own marijuana are limited to 12 mature plants and 12 seedlings. Patients who grow marijuana must register their cultivation location with the state and purchase medical marijuana plant tags for each plant.
No, as a medical patient you are protected by HIPAA. Green Health Docs makes the privacy and security of our patients’ confidential information a top priority. No one will be able to find out your status as a medical marijuana patient unless you openly tell them or if you are administered a drug test for marijuana.
Yes. With Rhode Island being an at-will state and there not currently being any legislation in place that protects medical marijuana patients in the workplace, medical cardholders can still be administered drug screenings and receive disciplinary action regarding the results of drug screenings. For this reason, we recommend making sure you are fully aware of your employer’s policy regarding drug screenings and medical marijuana before moving forward with the process.
Yes! You do not have to be seen by the same doctor each year. If you were certified by another medical marijuana doctor last year and would like to switch to Green Health Docs, we will be happy to take care of you!
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Frequently Asked Questions
Here are a few important resources for patients (or family of patients) hoping to obtain a Rhode Island medical card or learn more about medical cannabis:
- Common Qualifying Conditions
- Buying Medical Cannabis in Maryland
- Medical Marijuana Cards For Children in Maryland
- Is CBD or THC Better for Your Condition?
- How to Minimize the Adverse Effects of Cannabis
- Medical Marijuana Dosing
- Opioids vs Medical Marijuana
- Medical Marijuana Drug Interactions: A Cannabis Doctor’s Perspective