Medical Cannabis has been used in treating or alleviating the pain, nausea, and other symptoms associated with a variety of debilitating medical conditions.
Unfortunately, many individuals who may benefit from Medical Cannabis are either uncertain or unaware of how to obtain access to it.
At Mora Mota Group, we're posting a FAQ list that can help provide insight into the Rhode Island Medical Marijuana Program.
Frequently Asked Questions
+ What is the RIMMP?
The Rhode Island Medical Marijuana Program (RIMMP) is a state patient registration program passed by the House, after overriding the Governor's veto, on January 3, 2006.
+ Why was the RIMMP Established?
The Department of Health is tasked with administering the provisions of the state's Medical Marijuana Act and related regulations.
+ How do I register for the RIMMP?
In order to participate in the RIMMP, patients must register online here.
+ What are the qualifying medical conditions?
A patient must be diagnosed by a qualifying medical professional for one of the following conditions:
- Positive status for HIV/AIDS
- Hepatitis C, or the treatment of these conditions
A chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition or its treatment that produces:
- Cachexia or wasting syndrome
- Severe, debilitating, chronic pain
- Severe nausea
- Seizures, including but not limited to, those characteristic of epilepsy
- Severe and persistent muscle spasms, including but not limited to, those characteristic:
- Multiple sclerosis or Crohn's disease
- Agitation of Alzheimer's Disease
Any other medical condition or its treatment approved by the state Department of Health.
+ Who are the qualified medical professionals?
In order to participate in the RIMMP, a licensed MD or DO in RI, CT or MA must sign the practitioner form if they believe you could benefit from the program based on medical conditions. To find a doctor in your area to ask if they are taking new patients, use the RIMMP online tool.
+ What are the requirements to sign up for the RIMMP?
Qualified patients are required to:
- Live in Rhode Island and submit a copy of one proof of residency that includes your name and current address, such as:
- Rhode Island driver’s license
- State ID
- Utility bill such as gas or electric bill
- Must complete and sign a patient application form
- Must have an MD or DO who is licensed to practice in RI, CT or MA fill out and sign a practitioner form.
- Must pay a $50 non-refundable patient application fee. There is no fee if your doctor states in writing that you qualify for hospice. The fee is $25 if you send proof with your application that you receive one of these benefits:
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
- Social Security Disability Income (SSDI)
- Veterans disability benefits
- Federal railroad disability benefits
+ How much cannabis can I posses while registered under the RIMMP?
The Program limits the amount of marijuana that can be possessed and grown to up to 12 marijuana plants or 2.5 ounces of cultivated marijuana.
Patients must indicate on their application whether they plan to grow medical marijuana plants for themselves. Patients who will grow marijuana and all primary caregivers must register their grow location with the Rhode Island Department of Health.
+ What about Primary Caregivers Registered under the RIMMP?
A primary caregiver must be at least 21 years of age and a resident of Rhode Island. A primary caregiver can assist no more than five patients with their use of medical marijuana. Patients are limited to one caregiver.
As of January 1, 2017 anyone applying for a primary caregiver registration must be a resident of Rhode Island. Caregivers who received registrations on or before December 31, 2016 will retain their primary caregiver status, but will need to show proof of Rhode Island residency to qualify for renewal when their caregiver registration expires
+ Where can I get more Information?
You may access the RIMMP website here.