COMPASSION CENTERS

 

Current Status of Compassion Centers in Rhode Island  

There are only THREE non-profit organizations that can legally operate medical marijuana dispensaries in Rhode Island. They are:

These three compassion centers are the only organizations that are licensed as dispensaries in RI.  Any other organization representing itself as a dispensary in RI is  ILLEGAL.  RI compassion centers CANNOT sell to patients with MMj cards from other states.

AS OF JULY 1, 2016, A LICENSED RI PATIENT CAN USE ANY AND ALL OF THE THREE COMPASSION CENTERS. THERE IS NO NEED TO REGISTER IN ADVANCE. JUST REMEMBER TO BRING YOUR MMJ CARD.

PATIENT ADVISORY:  We are aware that there are entities and individuals that are representing themselves as legal MMj dispensaries in Rhode Island. Some entities have been advertising/representing themselves as legal dispensaries and even have web sites. Licensed patients and their caregivers should be careful to interact with ONLY those dispensaries (compassion centers) that are legal and licensed. To do otherwise, may be putting yourself and/or your patient in harm’s way, enable an illegal operation, subject yourself to unwanted attention from law enforcement, and undermine the credibility of the RI medical marijuana program. If you have any questions as to the legitimacy of a compassion center or dispensary, please call RIPAC at 401.861.1601, email our executive director at joanne@ripatients.org, or email the RI Health Dept. at mmp@health.ri.gov. or call  the Dept. at 401-222-3752.

Are patients required to use compassion centers?  What will happen to caregivers? What will happen to patients who grow their own medicine?

Compassion centers are an OPTION for patients.  Patients are not required to use the compassion centers. In the RI medical marijuana program each patient may grow their own medicine and appoint a caregiver who can also grow for them and still use any and all of the compassion centers.

Does the state regulate the prices charged by the compassion centers?

No. The compassion centers determine their own pricing.

What if I cannot afford their prices?

All three compassion centers have stated that they will make provisions for patients with low incomes. Check with them.

While we do not expect that all low income patients will receive as much medicine as they need for free, we do expect that more low income patients will have access to medicine. If you are interested in using a compassion center but fear that you cannot afford their prices, contact the center to discuss your financial situation and see if you are eligible for discounts.

Remember, patients can still grow their own medical cannabis and appoint a caregiver.

Do the compassion centers grow their own medical cannabis?

Yes. They may grow as much as they determine will meet patient need. The centers are at different phases of their development. The Slater Center was the first to produce a substantial grow. Check with the individual centers for details.

If I want to grow medicine for the compassion centers, can I grow more plants and possess more medical marijuana than the law presently allows?

NO. The law requires that you stay within your limits. For example, if you are a patient, you may now possess 2.5 ounces of dried usable marijuana. You must stay within that limit even if you are selling to the compassion centers. You must also stay within your 12 mature and 12 seedling limit. AS OF JANUARY 1, 2017, PATIENTS AND CAREGIVERS WILL NO LONGER BE ABLE TO SELL TO THE COMPASSION CENTERS. ONLY “LICENSED CULTIVATORS” WILL BE ABLE TO SELL TO THE COMPASSION CENTERS.

How much will the Compassion Centers pay me for my extra medicine?

That will be determined by the compassion centers and you. Contact them directly if you are interested in selling your excess medicine to them. Never assume that they will buy it.  AS OF JANUARY 1, 2017, PATIENTS AND CAREGIVERS WILL NO LONGER BE ABLE TO SELL TO THE COMPASSION CENTERS. ONLY “LICENSED CULTIVATORS” WILL BE ABLE TO SELL TO THE COMPASSION CENTERS.

Any income earned from selling medicine to the compassion centers will be reportable  income and taxable.   AS OF JANUARY 1, 2017, PATIENTS AND CAREGIVERS WILL NO LONGER BE ABLE TO SELL TO THE COMPASSION CENTERS. ONLY “LICENSED CULTIVATORS” WILL BE ABLE TO SELL TO THE COMPASSION CENTERS.

 

 

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