Medical Marijuana Information for Patients & Caregivers

The state's Medical Marijuana Act permits Rhode Island residents with debilitating medical conditions to use marijuana if a physician certifies in writing that the marijuana may alleviate their symptoms and that the potential benefits of using medical marijuana would likely outweigh the health risks to the patient. This means that patients and caregivers who are registered with the Department of Health's Medical Marijuana Program may possess a limited amount of marijuana without violating state law. (more)

Registered patients may designate up to two caregivers. Individual caregivers may be responsible for up to five patients. There is no limit to the number of patients a compassion center may serve.

What Patients Should Do

  • Check with your Doctor to see if your medical condition qualifies for an application and to see if medical marijuana makes sense for you. If it does have your doctor fill out a Practitioner to allow you to apply
  • Register as a Medical Marijuana Patient using the patient application form Application forms will not be accepted via email or fax. The phone number or email address will be used to schedule a photo identification card if your application is approved.
  • Designate a Caregiver You may designate a caregiver to pick up your medical marijuana on your behalf. This can be useful if travel is difficult for you. Parents are [usually] designated on behalf of children less than 18 years old.
  • Keep your information up to date. use the Patient Information Change Form if you wish to change your registered caregivers or if you move.
  • Use Medical Marijuana Responsibly. Follow your doctors instructions on how to use the medication and be aware that you may not share the marijuana with others for any reason.

What Caregivers Should Do

  • Get Designated Work with the patient to determine who is/are the most appropriate caregiver(s) (new patient applicationNote that caregiver information is always provided by the patient. The application includes information on required background checks and application fees for caregivers.
  • Be Responsible. Once you are designated, you are responsible to make sure the patient gets the medication the doctor recommends and that no one else uses it.
  • What all applicants must do

    • Renew your application The renewal application for both patient and caregiver will be mailed to the patient 60 days prior to the expiration of the registration.