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How to Get a Medical Marijuana Card in RI

  • STEP 1:


    Schedule an appointment to see a licensed medical marijuana doctor in Rhode Island through Veriheal at a time that is most convenient for you. Consult with a doctor for 10-15 mins to evaluate your ailments, and ask any questions you may have about medical marijuana treatment.

    Do not hesitate to reach out if you need assistance with getting an appointment set, our team would be more than happy to help.

  • STEP 2:


    Consult with a doctor for 15 minutes to evaluate your ailments, and ask any questions you may have about medical marijuana treatment. After the appointment is complete, the doctor will fill out a recommendation form for medical marijuana and approve you. Once you have this you can then use that to apply to the state.

  • STEP 3:


    Once approved, the doctor will mail you a Practitioner Form, aka your medical marijuana recommendation. You need to forward this form to the RI state office along with the state fee and required documents listed on the state application.

  • STEP 4:


    The state will get back to you within 14 days to come in and take a photo for your medical cannabis card. You get the card right then and there. Once your card is in hand, you can visit a dispensary and begin purchasing marijuana legally.

    Rhode Island patients will need to be re-certified annually by a licensed physician. Veriheal will get in touch with you when your certification is approaching its expiration to help you setup a renewal consultation.

About Cannabis in Rhode Island

Receive the medical marijuana recommendation in Rhode Island by getting approved by a doctor that is licensed from the state. Once the doctor certifies you, he/she will mail your certification right to you. The next step is to register with the Rhode Island Center for Professional Licensing by sending in the following documentation:

  2. Practitioner Form (that the doctor mails you)
  3. $50 State Fee or $25 w/ Proof of Medicaid, SSI, SSDI, or Veteran’s Disability (Check or Money Order, Payable to RI General Treasurer)
  4. Proof of RI Residency (Copy of RI Driver’s License, RI State ID, Vehicle Registration, Voters Registration, Correspondence From Another State Agency w/ a Current Date, or a Current Car Insurance Bill) *Make sure your name, current address, and current date appear on the documentation you submit.

After you submit your application, you will receive a reply from the state within 14 days. They will ask you to come in and take a photo for your medical marijuana card. They will print you a medical marijuana card right then and there and as soon as you have your card in hand, you can begin visiting dispensaries in Rhode Island and start purchasing cannabis legally.

Registering a Caregiver

A registered caregiver must be at least 21 years old to participate in the program. Registered caregivers will be required to provide proof of residency and complete a National Criminal Information Center (NCIC) background check from a local police department, the Rhode Island State Police, or with the Attorney General’s Office.

Qualifying patients may designate one authorized purchaser to assist in purchasing and delivering marijuana from a compassion center or cooperative cultivator. An authorized purchaser must be at least 21 years old and must complete an NCIC background check as well. An authorized purchaser may live out of state.

There is currently no online registry. Patients may complete an application online, but all applications must be mailed to the DOH for review and approval. The application process takes 2-4 weeks from the date it is received by the DOH. Patient and caregiver registrations issued or renewed after Jan. 1, 2017, will expire one year from the date issued. Renewal applications are sent out 60 days before your expiration date.

Qualifying Conditions in RI

Adult patients and patients younger than 18 must meet certain requirements for DOH approval. For minors, the patient’s parent or legal guardian must be designated as their caregiver and/or authorized purchaser.

Residents of Rhode Island who have been diagnosed with a qualifying debilitating medical condition have the right to obtain and use medical cannabis if they have received a physician’s written certification form.

  • Cachexia, or wasting syndrome
  • Cancer or cancer treatment including chemotherapy and radiation therapy
  • Glaucoma or glaucoma treatment
  • Hepatitis C or treatment for hepatitis C
  • Seizures, including but not limited to those characteristic of epilepsy
  • Severe, debilitating, or chronic pain
  • Severe nausea
  • Severe and persistent muscle spasms, including but not limited to those characteristic of:
    • Multiple sclerosis
    • Crohn’s disease
    • Agitation related to Alzheimer’s disease
    • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) – patient must be 18 or older

Possession and Cultivation

A patient cardholder who has in his or her possession a registry identification card shall not be subject to arrest, prosecution, or penalty for the medical use of marijuana, provided that the patient cardholder possesses an amount of marijuana that does not exceed twelve (12) mature marijuana plants and two and one-half (2.5) ounces of usable marijuana. Said plants shall be stored in an indoor facility.

A primary caregiver cardholder, who has in his or her possession, a registry identification card, shall not be subject to arrest, prosecution, or penalty for assisting a patient cardholder, to whom he or she is connected through the department’s registration process, with the medical use of marijuana; provided that the primary caregiver cardholder possesses an amount of marijuana that does not exceed twelve (12) mature marijuana plants and two and one-half (2.5) ounces of usable marijuana for each patient cardholder to whom he or she is connected through the department’s registration process.

A cardholder shall be allowed to possess a reasonable amount of unusable marijuana, including up to twelve (12) seedlings, that shall not be counted towards the limits of this section.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to live in Rhode Island to become a medical marijuana patient in Rhode Island?

Yes. You need to submit proof of residency with your application to the state.

How can I find a registered physician in RI?

No need to worry. We provide the Rhode Island physicians for you.

How do I apply for a medical marijuana card in Rhode Island?

The first step is to get certified for medical marijuana treatment by a doctor. After you are approved, you’ll submit an application to the state and once you have a card in hand, you can begin purchasing marijuana legally.

Do I need to see the physician on video or do I just go right in person?

For Rhode Island, you’ll be seeing a doctor in person.! If you are not approved your consultation is free! We have a 99% approval rate so if you are not approved, you will be refunded in full.

How long does the consultation usually take?

The medical evaluation usually takes 10-15 minutes.

What if I am not approved?

If you are not approved then your consultation is free. We entail a network of highly qualified medical practitioners who are willing to evaluate any patient to see if they qualify for medical cannabis. We have a 99% approval rate so if you are not approved, you are refunded in full.

I think I’m ready to get my card, how can I get things started?

Fill out the form at the top of this page and we can get you approved in no time!

My primary care is not registered, can I still get a recommendation from them?

No, you can not. You can only get approved for medical marijuana from a practitioner that has registered with the Rhode Island medical marijuana program. And for that, we provide you a physician so you do not need to go through your primary care physicians.

Does chronic pain now qualify me for medical cannabis?

Yes, it does! RI now allows people with chronic pain to be approved for medical marijuana use.

Are there different kinds of medical marijuana?

There are many different strains of medical marijuana that provide different types of relief. Our registered physicians will be able to recommend different options.

What is the cost?

The cost is $199 and that covers your medical evaluation, your consultation with a licensed Rhode Island practitioner registered with the state, and an authorized certification for medical marijuana purchases. For $379 you and a friend or family member can both get your cards for a nice little discount.

Can I use medical marijuana in public?

No. The medical marijuana is prohibited to be used in public places under the law.

Where are the dispensaries in RI? Is there a dispensary near me?

There are already tons of dispensaries all over the state of Rhode Island. You can see a list of Rhode Island dispensaries here.

Once I get my card, what type of medicine can I buy from RI dispensaries?

RI has one of the most diverse medical marijuana programs, allowing all patients access to a variety of medical cannabis options. If you get your RI cannabis card, you get access to: Dry Flower, Tinctures, Oils, Concentrates, Topicals, and Edibles

Does Veriheal operate in other states?

Yes! Check our homepage for a list of active states.

Places to visit in Rhode Island After Enjoying Your Medicine

In Rhode Island, you will find what you want, whether you come to enjoy miles and kilometers of coastline, bays, and beaches or whether you want to indulge yourself in the city and village's lively cultural scene. Adding miles of gorgeous beaches, Rhode Island has an impressive coastline. A rich industrial history and an idyllic island, and you'll see why Rhode Island should be on every New England travel plans.


Newport is surrounded almost entirely by the ocean and it's easy to see why thousands of American aristocrats prefer it as their destination for a summer getaway. Newport consists of nine individual coastal towns and is often referred to as the "Sailing Capital of the World"- you may take a walk around some of the marinas to appreciate the impressive floating palaces and sporty yachts.

The Newport Cliff Walk is a National Recreation Trail that provides a new way of uncovering the essence of Newport – a walk that combines the uniqueness of the coastline and the opportunity to see some of the famous Newport Mansions in the National Historic District. Newport beaches offer great swimming and surfing, and Newport Aquatic Center is where you can hire kayaks and paddleboards.

WaterFire Providence

Waterplace Park and Riverwalk, which is four acres, parallels the Woonasquatucket River as it winds through downtown, Providence. The city celebrates this river several times during the Spring, Summer, and fall, and was completely covered by roads until at the end of the 20th century. In the center of the river, more than 100 bonfires are lit up in large iron pans and kept blazing throughout the night as locals and guests stroll along the brick river walkways and footbridges. Those family-friendly celebrations are highlighted by street performers, vendors and world music.

Herreshoff Marine Museum, Bristol

Sailing, and most especially the America's Cup competition, is profoundly embedded in the culture and history of Newport. Visit the museum commemorating the Herreshoffs and their boat designs to gain a sense of this, and to see models and actual restored boats-including one that is considered the most beautiful hull form ever created. They designed and built eight successful defenders of America's Cup between 1893 and 1934 as their most legendary feat. America's Cup Hall of Fame is part of the museum, displaying more than 60 sailing and power yachts along with boat building and sailing exhibits and videos.

Data last updated 02/29/2020

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