Rhode Island Marijuana Information
A few states on the East Coast, including Maine and Vermont, had a marijuana legalization measure on the ballot for the November 2016 election, and several more are now looking to join the ranks of states like Massachusetts and Maine who recently were successful in their legalization measures.
If a Cannabis legalization act is added to the ballot this year, the chances of it passing are good. According to polls, over 60% of Rhode Island residents are in favor of marijuana legalization. This isn’t surprising, considering a National Survey on Drug Use and Health showed that Rhode Island has the highest percentage of people who have smoked marijuana in the past month at 16%, or 1 in every 6 people . If passed, the Marijuana Regulation, Control and Taxation Act would regulate and tax marijuana similarly to alcohol and would generate significant revenue for the state.
In late 2017, the state formed a legislative commission to evaluate the impacts of legalizing the drug recreationally. The board is expected to release recommendations in January 2018 for how a Rhode Island legal cannabis market could take form. Here’s to hoping it comes sooner than later!
Medical marijuana has been legal in Rhode Island since 2006 and there are 5 medical dispensaries across the state. Rhode Island is also one of the few states that will accept medical cards from out of state patients.
As recently as 4/10/17, Rhode Island state legislators have stated that they not only will successfully legalize recreational marijuana this year, but they are also making the bold prediction that they will have shops licensed, regulated, and open to the public BEFORE Massachusetts gets their recreational scene up and running. Massachusetts aims to have doors open to the public by July 2018, so this means that Rhode Island will need to hit the ground running if they hope to beat out the Lobster State!
Please remember that it is still illegal to smoke marijuana in public. The best advice we can give for tourists looking to partake in the cannabis culture is discretion. It’s best to keep your marijuana use to private areas, but if you must smoke out in the open, a discreet vape pen is your best option. If you find yourself in a pinch with the law, check out our Rhode Island Cannabis Lawyers page for help!
Rhode Island Marijuana Dispensaries
RHODE ISLAND FAQ
Is Marijuana legal in Rhode Island?
Yes, medical marijuana is legal, however recreation marijuana use is still illegal. However, the Marijuana Regulation, Control, & Taxation Act, up for vote in November 2016, would legalize recreational marijuana for adults 21 and older. The Act would regulate and tax marijuana similarly to alcohol.
Can I get my Medical Card if I am not Rhode Island resident?
No, you cannot get your medical marijuana card if you are not a Rhode Island resident. However, Rhode Island dispensaries will honor patients with out of state medical marijuana cards.
Where can I buy it?
Once you have a medical marijuana card, you can visit one of the state licensed medical marijuana dispensaries.
What do you need to purchase cannabis in a marijuana shop?
As of January 2016, you need a medical card, which you can get from specific doctors in the state. In Rhode Island, you may also use a medical card from another state.
After November 2016, if the Marijuana Regulation, Control and Taxation Act passes, you will just need any valid form of government-issued identification proving that you are over the age of 21.
What types of marijuana will the stores sell?
You will see a number of different flower strains categorized by their strains ranging from strong Indicas to strong Sativas and everything in between. Each strain can have different effects, so be sure to ask the budtender for assistance in choosing the best marijuana strain for you. Strong Sativas strains are known for their general uplifting, energizing, and head high effects while Indicas are known for their full body highs and sedative effects.
Dispensaries will also sell a number of other types of marijuana products, including but not limited to:
- Concentrates: essential oils of the cannabis plant. Warning: these can be very potent!
- Edibles: Cannabis infused foods, candies, or drinks. Warning: These can be very potent! Be sure to check the serving size before enjoying and remember the effects can take up to an hour to hit you.
- Transdermal Products: creams, lotions, massage oils and such infused with cannabis. These products are not psychoactive and will not get you high.
- Seeds: seeds that can be used to grow your own marijuana plants. Stores will have a variety of both Indica and Sativa strains.
- Clones: these are healthy seedlings that are ready be grown into marijuana plants.
How much will it cost?
The price of marijuana depends on strain and quality, but you can expect marijuana prices to be between $10 and $30 per gram.
How much Marijuana can I have?
Medical marijuana patients are allowed to posses up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana and up to 12 plants and 12 seedlings.
Can I take my purchase home if I live in another state or country?
No. All marijuana and marijuana products purchased in Rhode Island must be consumed in Rhode Island. Carrying marijuana across state lines violates federal law.
Where can I consume my recent purchase?
Legally, you can only consume marijuana while on private property. However, if you must partake in public, a vape pen is your most discreet option.
What is a dab?
Dabs are often compared to the hard liquor of the cannabis world, and can be found in many forms. Dabs are the essential oils and waxes of the cannabis plant that are extracted and concentrated into a potent wax form. They are known for their high concentration of THC. Smoking a dab is much stronger than smoking flowers. If you are not a regular cannabis consumer with a high tolerance, we recommend using extreme caution.
If you’re considering purchasing or doing a dab, it is also important to know what is in the essential oil being offered or sold and if it is safe. Many extracts may not have been purged correctly, and may contain residual amounts of butane or other solvents. CO2 oil is often noted as the safest oil because critical extraction machines that use CO2 as the only solvent extract it.
Are the topicals going to get me stoned?
Topicals are a form of cannabis infused into a cream, soap, or other product that you can rub into your skin, and to our knowledge topicals do not have a psychoactive affect. Do not confuse topicals with transdermal patches though, which will have a psychoactive effect.
When will state licensed recreational stores open up?
This question is dependent on the Marijuana Regulation, Control, and Taxation Act passing in November 2016. If the Initiative passes, we can hesitantly expect state licensed stores to begin opening around January 2018.
If marijuana is legalized can I still get in trouble?
Yes. You can always get in trouble at the federal level until marijuana is rescheduled, but as long as you follow the laws for marijuana in Rhode Island, local authorities will not have any issues with you. If you find yourself in a pinch with the law, check out our Rhode Island Cannabis Lawyers page for help!
Nothing on this website should be considered legal advice or as a substitute for legal advice. Please respect the current state of Marijuana law in your area.
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