Open a Dispensary in Rhode Island

Summary of Marijuana Laws

In 2006, the Rhode Island legislature overrode the Governor’s veto to pass the Edward O. Hawkins and Thomas C. Slater Medical Marijuana Act, authorizing medical marijuana use. In 2009, the Ocean State amended the Act to authorize the creation of state-licensed compassion centers where medical marijuana could be sold. In 2016, legislators overhauled the system with Article 14, in particular introducing a new medical marijuana cultivator license and eliminating commercial sales by caregivers.


In 2018, the final version of the Rhode Island budget increased annual license fees for dispensaries from $5,000 to $250,000.


There are no licenses available in Rhode Island at this time.


In 2017, Rhode Island’s dispensaries saw medical marijuana revenues of about $30 million, with 30-percent growth projected for 2018. Rhode Island is home to over 18,000 registered medical marijuana patients as of 2018.


Content updated July 19, 2018.