Rhode Island

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The state’s medical marijuana program is regulated by the Rhode Island Department of Health.Cultivation licensing is handled by the Rhode Island Department of Business Regulation. There is no official state Cannabis Traceability System.

Medical: Yes

Recreational: No

The Department of Health is accepting applications until April 30, 2017 and will reopen the application submission window annually during the months of January, February and March.

There are five (5) different cultivation license types in Rhode Island:

Micro-License0-2,500 sq. ft.
Annual license fee: $5,000 
Class A0-5,000 sq. ft.
Annual license fee: $20,000 
Class B5,001-10,000 sq. ft.
Annual license fee: $35,000 
Class C10,001-15,000 sq. ft.
Annual license fee: $50,000 
Class D15,001-20,000 sq. ft.
Annual license fee $80,000 
If an Application is approved, there will be an additional annual license fee which is based upon the class of license issued. License classes are defined in the Regulations according to the square footage of the licensed facility. License fees are in addition to the Application fee and range from $5,000 to $80,000.

Tracking System Info

The state of Rhode Island recommends cultivation operations to use a seed-to-sale tracking software. Flourish software offers seed-to-sale tracking as one of the core features and is designed to help cultivators stay compliant at all times.

Testing licenses allow licensees to receive cannabis from a cultivator or primary caregiver and test it for contaminants and other substances.


The state of Rhode Island has not made any official announcements on Testing Licenses.


Retail/Dispensary licenses allow licensees to purchase cannabis from a grower or processor and sell, supply, or provide cannabis to patients, directly or through the patient’s caregiver.


The state is not currently planning to give out any more Compassion Center licenses at this time. 


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