Rhode Island — S. 710 was passed by the Rhode Island legislature in 2006 and amended several times, including by S. 791 in 2007, H. 5359 in 2009, S 2834 in 2010, and H 7888 in 2012. The law is codified at R.I. Gen. Laws Chapter 21-28.6. Regulations are at R21-28.6-MMP(5923).
Qualifying for the Program: To qualify for an ID card, a patient must have a qualifying condition and a statement from a prescriber who is licensed in Rhode Island or a physician licensed in Massachusetts or Connecticut that the patient has a bona fide relationship with that physician and that the “potential benefits of the medical use of marijuana would likely outweigh the health risks” for the patient. A minor patient only qualifies with parental consent and if the adult controls the dosage, frequency of use, and acquisition of marijuana.
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