Rhode Island’s Medical Marijuana Act does not alter federal statutes and regulations prohibiting the possession and use of marijuana.
Rhode Island is one of 20 states with a medical marijuana program. In each of these states, a physician has “authorized” the patient to obtain a medical marijuana card that allows the patient to purchase, grow, and possess medical marijuana. It remains a DEA Scheduled 1 drug that cannot be prescribed by virtue of state and federal law. This puts physicians in the awkward position of “authorizing” a drug that is not supported by the American Medical Association. Surprisingly, the American Medical Association was the most vocal group who opposed the bill that made marijuana illegal in the first place. Now, a vicious circle ensues. The DEA refuses to reschedule marijuana, leaving it in a class labeled as having no currently accepted medical use along with a high potential for abuse. The DEA claims there isn’t sufficient evidence or testing to reschedule this drug, yet testing isn’t possible with a Schedule 1 drug. Hence, the circle continues to go round and round.
Medical Cannabis Consultants LLC and its physician members are available for medical marijuana consultation only. We are not a health care provider. If any medical issues of concern are found on your physical exam, you will be notified and advised on how to best follow up on these concerns with an appropriate practitioner.
Medical Cannabis Consultants also does not provide medical marijuana to patients. This application process is for a medical marijuana card and is not in itself a prescription for marijuana. A registered medical marijuana license allows a patient to either cultivate for themselves, assign a caregiver for cultivation, or utilize a compassion center.
Rhode Island Medical Marijuana Act
The state’s Medical Marijuana Act permits Rhode Island residents with debilitating medical conditions (please see qualifying conditions) to use marijuana if a physician certifies in writing that the marijuana may alleviate their symptoms and that the potential benefits of using medical marijuana would likely outweigh the health risks to the patient. (Please see health risks under the side effects.) This means that patients and caregivers who are registered with the Department of Health’s Medical Marijuana Program may possess a limited amount of marijuana without violating state law.
Please read the following to review current laws:
* A qualifying patient who has a valid medical marijuana registry identification card shall not be subject to arrest, prosecution, or penalty in any manner, or denied any right or privilege, including but not limited to, civil penalty or disciplinary action by a business or occupational or professional licensing board or bureau, for the medical use of marijuana; provided, that the qualifying patient possesses an amount of marijuana that does not exceed twelve (12) mature marijuana plants and 2.5 ounces of usable marijuana.
* No school, employer, or landlord may refuse to enroll, employ, or lease to or otherwise penalize a person solely for his status as a cardholder.
* A primary caregiver may receive reimbursement for costs associated with assisting a registered qualifying patient’s medical use of marijuana. Compensation shall not constitute sale of controlled substances.
* Any interest in or right to property that is possessed, owed, or used in connection with the medical use of marijuana, or acts incidental to such use, shall not be forfeited.
* A registry identification card, or its equivalent, issued under the laws of another state, U.S. Territory, or the District of Columbia to permit the medical use of marijuana by a patient with a debilitating medical condition, or ….. shall have the same force and effect as a registry identification card issued by the department.
In summary, a licensed cardholder may not smoke marijuana on public transportation, on any school grounds, in any public place, or when in control of any motor vehicle when under the influence.