Status: Medical Use
2006: Medical cannabis was legalised
2009: Dispensary system for medical cannabis implemented and sales begin
- Patients must have a qualifying condition, of which there are 14 listed;
- Patients may possess no more than 2.5oz (70g);
- Patients can cultivate up to 12 plants and 12 seedlings in their homes;
- No more than nine state-licensed dispensaries are allowed to operate in Rhode Island at a time;
- There are an estimated 18,728 registered medical cannabis patients in Rhode Island, according to the Rhode Island Department of Health;
- Possession of less than 1oz (30g) of cannabis for personal recreational use is decriminalised to a civil infraction (like a speeding ticket) punishable by a $US150 fine;
- Possession of less than a kg of cannabis is a misdemeanour punishable by a year in prison and fines of up to $US500;
- Possession with intent to distribute is a felony punishable by up to life in prison and fines of up to $US500,000;
- Cultivation or sale is a felony punishable by up to life in prison and fines of up to $US500,000.
- Between 2005 and 2017, cannabis use disorder in people over the age of 12 decreased from 2.6% to 2.5%;
- In 2018, sales of medical marijuana reached $US60.2 million.