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Allows Medical marijuana?: Yes

Allows Adult-Use marijuana?: No

2018 Medical Sales : $80,000,000

2022 Projected Medical Sales : $69,000,000

2018 Adult Use Sales : $0

2022 Projected Adult Use Sales : $122,000,000

Noteworthy Information: 
{{COVID-19 Update: The state’s three (3) dispensaries, or “compassion centers,” are deemed essential and allowed to remain open. http://governor.ri.gov/documents/orders/Executive-Order-20-13.pdf
They are doing curbside pickups and working with the state on methods of delivery services. }}

Rhode Island has a medical dispensary program. A July 2016 law added PTSD and hospice. A legislative commission was formed in 2017 to evaluate the impacts of legalizing marijuana recreationally. The board was expected to issue recommendations for creating a market in March but instead wants to extend its work and release a report by February 2019. The governor is seeking to expand the medical marijuana program. There is a bill in the Senate that would increase the number of Compassion Centers permits from 3 to 12.

Is there a Regulatory Structure? (State Agency): Yes (Rhode Island Department of Health)

# of Dispensaries Allowed (# issued): Compassion Center

3 allowed (3 issued)

# of Cultivations Allowed (# issued): Formerly just encompassed in compassion centers, but starting in 2017 the state will begin issuing cultivation licenses (no limit currently, but may institute in the future based on patient demand) (3 issued, more forthcoming)

# of Manufacturers Allowed (# issued): N/A encompassed in compassion center

# of Testing labs Allowed (# issued): N/A not a marijuana license type

Geographic Distribution of Licenses: No mandatory distribution is indicated

Application Fee: 
Compassion Center application fee= $250
Compassion Center Staff Registry Identification Card Fee= $100.00
Compassion Center Staff Change of Information Form= $25

Medical Marijuana Caregiver Registry Identification Card Fee= $200.00 
Medical Marijuana Patient Registry Identification Card fee= $100.00  
Replacement of Lost Registry Identification Card, or Reissue (all categories)= $25.00 

Licensing Fees: 
Compassion Center licensing fee= $5,000

Patient card renewal fee= $75
New medical card fee= $10

Residency Requirements: 

Vertical Integration Allowed, Required or Prohibited: 

Medical Marijuana Qualifying Patient Conditions: 
1. Cancer or the treatment of this condition
2. Glaucoma or the treatment of this condition
3. Positive status for Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) or the treatment of this condition
4. Acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) or the treatment of this condition
5. Hepatitis C or the treatment of this condition
6. 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

Testing Required: 


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