Rhode Island: now allowing out of state medical marijuana cards

Residents of Rhode Island can get their medical cannabis card from Massachusetts and Connecticut too.

In July of 2018, Rhode Island expanded compassion center access to medical marijuana patients across state lines. At that time, the state’s MMJ regulatory body outlined regulations for sales to non-residents:

-Dispensaries must use “reasonably good-faith efforts” to verify non-resident medical marijuana ID cards by asking for a second form of government-issued photo ID.

-Non-resident patients must be entered in a state database that tracks sales.

-Non-resident patients are limited to how much cannabis they can buy – 2.5 ounces of marijuana or its equivalent in other forms every 15 days.

While Canna Care Docs is in full support of expanding access to out of state patients traveling through the Ocean State, the spirit of the regulations has been misinterpreted, putting some medical cannabis patients at risk of possessing a fraudulent medical cannabis certification. Patients who are lured by the notion of receiving instant California certifications, without having to demonstrate California residency, are in violation of medical cannabis law. There are reported incidents of revocation of these “out of state cards” putting cardholders in legal harm’s way. Plus, an inability to compliantly access one of the three State compassion centers, and a financial loss of the initial certification cost.

Canna Care Docs urges potential patients to use good judgement when choosing a medical cannabis provider. While an inexpensive and speedy certification may seem like the best pathway to gain access to a compassion center, the ramifications of doing so may cost more in the long term. Feel free to phone our patient contact center at 781-382-8053 with any questions. We are here to guide you through your journey compliantly.

Do I qualify for medical cannabis?

Each state has a list of qualifying conditions for their medical marijuana program.

Get evaluated for medical marijuana with the assistance of Canna Care Docs

Each state has a list of qualifying conditions for their respective medical marijuana programs. In order to qualify for a medical marijuana card, patients must have one of those qualifying conditions. Each state has their own set of guidelines and regulations, along with those qualifying conditions that make a patient eligible for medical cannabis. Depending on the status of medical cannabis in your state, patients will need to have a specific condition in order to qualify and will need to be recommended for medical cannabis by a health professional – like Canna Care Docs.

Patients who are curious as to whether they qualify need to visit their respective state’s medical marijuana program online to see if they have a qualifying condition, as these conditions vary from state to state.

Learn how to get certified for medical marijuana

For patients who do fall within their state’s respective medical cannabis framework, they should then book an appointment directly with Canna Care Docs. Patients will have all their medical cannabis questions answered, connect with a health professional, and begin the process of becoming a medical cannabis patient. Patients must also adhere to strict guidelines for obtaining their medicine, storing, and consuming their medicine. As a part of your evaluation process, a Canna Care Docs educator will ensure you have all the information you need to follow those guidelines.