The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDHO) recently announced an initiative to allow residents to apply for medical marijuana card registration online.of Rhode Island Cannabis Licensing Portal It will go live on June 1st and will cover a basic base of new and existing patients.
“The new system, known as the Rhode Island Cannabis Licensing Portal, will allow existing cardholders to renew their registrations, update their personal information, and make any necessary changes to their existing registration cards,” the press release said. It is listed. “New patients applying for a medical cannabis registration card can now also apply through the cannabis licensing portal.”
a press release announced the program’s launch on June 1, specifying that its previous system was “fully paper-based.” Requests can now be approved or rejected within 35 days of submission.
The press release adds that the company will eventually phase out email-based notifications as the new system rolls out, but doesn’t provide an end date. “RIDOH will stop mailing registration reminders and renewal forms in the coming months,” the announcement explained. “It is very important that the patient creates an account on the portal to ensure he receives important messages and updates from RIDOH, including renewal reminders 60 days before his expiration date.”
According to the breakdown, Rhode Island’s medical cannabis program was enacted in 2006. Americans Seeking Safe Access. At the time, patients were legally permitted to possess up to 2.5 ounces of cannabis, could grow up to 12 plants in their home, could appoint two caregivers, and were eligible for medical cannabis medical conditions. was only eight. The state had not established infrastructure for access to health care for nearly seven years. In 2011, former Gov. Lincoln Chafee suspended the charity center’s license, but it was reinstated in 2012. Charity centers began opening by 2013. Since then, state officials have helped expand the list of eligibility criteria and gradually began rolling out new rules.
Recreational cannabis sales in the state began fairly recently, in December 2022. for the first week, Five retailers were operating at the time, the industry collected $1.6 million in sales. The total is split between recreational sales ($786,000) and medical cannabis sales ($845,400).while February and Marchthe state collected $8.7 million in total sales, splitting $3.3 million in medical cannabis sales and $5.3 million in recreational cannabis sales.
In December 2022, medical cannabis patients was 15,062, but decreased slightly following the legalization of recreational cannabis. The number of registered patients in January 2023 was 14,590, slightly increased to 14,673 in February, but decreased to 13,691 in March.
Gov. Dan McKee, who signed the recreational marijuana bill into law in May of that year, praised Rhode Island’s potential for expanding recreational marijuana in a statement. “This bill successfully incorporates our priorities of ensuring cannabis legalization is fair, controlled and safe,” McKee said. “We will also create a process for automatically expunging past cannabis convictions. I am thrilled to recognize the importance.The end result is a victory for our country, both socially and economically.”
Most recently, in May, McKee appointed three people to join the Regulatory Commission “overseeing the regulation, licensing and administration of adult use and medical cannabis in the State of Ocean.” Kimberly Ahern, McKee’s appointment as chairman, expressed hopes to continue the “good job” the regulator has done in the state. “The first six months of adult use have proven the state’s success in carefully expanding into this new industry,” Ahern said. “I look forward to working with his fellow Commissioners over the next few years to regulate cannabis in a safe, transparent and equitable manner.”