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Grower (also commonly referred to as Producers or Cultivators) – Cultivators are responsible for growing cannabis. Mature plants are harvested and transferred to a Processor.
The Department of Health is accepting applications until April 30, 2017 and will reopen the application submission window annually during the months of January, February and March.
Licensed cultivators may only supply medical marijuana to licensed compassion centers.
There are five (5) different cultivation license types in Rhode Island:
|License ClassBy Size per Section 1.5(C)||Pounds of dried usable marijuana||OR||Equivalent # 10 mg edible units**||OR||Equivalent gramsof concentrate**
|OR any combination thereof that does not equate to more than the maximum limit of dried usable marijuana in pounds|
|Micro-license||2.5 max||OR||3,320 max||OR||308 max||OR ̋|
|Class A||5 max||OR||6,640 max||OR||616 max||OR ̋|
|Class B||10 max||OR||13,280 max||OR||1,232 max||OR ̋|
|Class C||15 max||OR||19,920 max||OR||1,848 max||OR ̋|
|Class D||20 max||OR||26,560 max||OR||2,464 max||OR ̋|
Applicants must submit a complete Application package by the application period deadline outlined in Section G. The Application package will consist of the following:
PLEASE NOTE: If an Application is approved, there will be an additional annual license fee which is based upon the class of license issued. License classes are defined in the Regulations according to the square footage of the licensed facility. License fees are in addition to the Application fee and range from five-thousand dollars ($5,000) to eighty-thousand dollars ($80,000). Please refer to the chart of license fees in the license index in Section M.
Applications should be submitted to:
Attn: Medical Marijuana Compliance Program
Rhode Island Department of Business Regulation
1511 Pontiac Avenue, Building 68-1
Cranston, RI 02920
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You can download the cultivation license application here.
Compassion Centers (Dispensaries) sell legal cannabis, and cannabis products, to responsible adults in compliance with local regulations.
The state is not currently planning to give out any more Compassion Center licenses at this time. If they should choose to release more licenses, info will be updated here accordingly.
Currently, Rhode Island has 3 licensed Compassion Centers:
The state’s medical cannabis program is operated by the Department of Health.
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Laboratories can test cannabis for concentration and contaminants. Prior to entering the consumer market, all regulated cannabis is required to undergo Quality Assurance testing.
There are not currently testing standards or requirements in place for Rhode Island’s medical cannabis program.
Caregivers grow and process cannabis on behalf of patients. They cannot charge for cannabis, only recoup the costs of goods.
Current Estimated Patient Counts: 14,693 with an additional 2,904 cleared for patient cultivation
Patients with registered medical cannabis cards are allowed to possess up to 2.5 ounces of usable cannabis at any time.
Yes – In Rhode Island, Medical Marijuana patients are allowed to possess up to 12 plants and 12 seedlings, provided that they meet special requirements for possessing home cultivation. The requirements and restricitons are as follows:
The state’s medical marijuana program is regulated by the Rhode Island Department of Health. They handle all changes in licensing as it relates to compassion centers and medical cannabis patients, including additions to qualifying conditions and additions to licensing numbers.
Cultivation licensing is handled by the Rhode Island Department of Business Regulation. Cultivation License applications are being accepted until April 30, 2017, and will begin accepting applications again annually during the months of January-March.
You can find the full medical marijuana program’s set of rules and regulations here.
For the latest cannabis-related legislative updates on Rhode Island, check out our Cannabis Bill Tracker!
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