Marijuana Laws in Rhode Island


Rhode Island residents have been able to consume marijuana for medical purposes since 2006, making it the 11th state to legalize the activity. In spite of a number of attempts to see legislation approved, recreational marijuana is still not allowed.

Medical Marijuana

Rhode Island’s governor, Republican Don Carcieri, vetoed a marijuana bill after it successfully passed through both the House and the Senate. The bill was returned to lawmakers, who voted allow the bill to become law.

Medical Marijuana patients must have a registration card authorizing marijuana use. Only certain conditions are applicable, such as cancer, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, epilepsy, Crohn’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis and chronic pain.

Recreational Marijuana

Currently not allowed. However, recreational marijuana is decriminalized. A first-time offender 18 years old or older who is caught with up to one ounce is fined $150 without the incident being added to a criminal record.

Possession and Cultivation Limits

Up to 12 immature plants and up to 12 mature plants are allowed per patient. Each plant must have a valid tag, which is issued by the Department of Business Regulation. An adult caregiver, 21 years old or older, can also be authorized to cultivate the plants.


Consumption is only permissible in private residences. No public possession or consumption is allowed.


Dispensary Regulations

There are three state-licensed dispensaries in Rhode Island, also referred to as “compassion centers.” These are currently the only dispensaries allowed.


Smoking Marijuana in Public

Adults over the age of 21 can buy and possess up to 1 ounce of marijuana at a time. Only licensed retailers can sell marijuana products.


Cannabis DUI

Driving under the influence of marijuana, illicit drugs or drug metabolites is illegal in the state. First-time offenders can be punished by having their licenses suspended for six months. As medical marijuana is permissible in the state, the presence of marijuana metabolites in the system may not be enough to convict a driver of DUI.

Marijuana Taxes

There are no taxes on marijuana, as there is no recreational marijuana legislation in place.

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