Is Possession of Marijuana Legal in Rhode Island?

Possession of Marijuana is legal with specific stipulations. With the proof of a valid order by and M.D. as well as an ID card, medical marijuana patients are not subject to arrest for marijuana possession. The Edward O. Hawkins and Thomas C. Slater Medical Marijuana Act made this possible in the year 2006.

There are additional stipulations including the quantity that medical marijuana patients and their caregivers are able to keep or grow at any time. The quotas include:

  • 2.5 oz. or 12 plants for medical marijuana patients
  • 5 oz. or 24 plants for medical marijuana caregivers
  • 1,500 oz. or 150 plants for compassionate centers

{Only 99 can be mature at the time for the last quantity by dispensaries}

Caregivers also need to prove connection with patients through the Rhode Island State Department of Health. The permitted conditions for medical marijuana use can be found here, and some examples include cancer, glaucoma, HIV, Hepatitis C and Alzheimer’s disease.

If someone is found in possession of marijuana without a valid prescription however, and with more than one ounce, he or she can become arrested for marijuana possession in the state of Rhode Island.

Marijuana is still a controlled substance despite the decriminalization of some aspects of it, including for medical use, or for using it personally with no more than one ounce. If someone is found in possession of marijuana who is a non-medical marijuana patient, as well as in excess of this one ounce limit, he or she may face possession charges that subjects offenders to fines, jail time, and a criminal record. Other forms of controlled substances include cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and more.

If you’re facing drug charges, contact the law offices of John R. Grasso today. Contact the RI criminal defense attorneys at 401-272-4001.

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