Rhode Island CBD Laws


TL;DR: The State of Rhode Island has legalized the cultivation of industrial hemp in 2016. Rhode Island has a medical marijuana law operational since 2006, with a list of qualifying conditions. Also, there is no law preventing the use of CBD products, and these are legal as long as they comply with US federal CBD law.

CBD in the Ocean State

Since 2016, industrial hemp is legal for commercial cultivation in Rhode Island. Today there are many licensed farmers cultivating this agricultural crop, the first harvests are expected this fall, and the hemp program is governed by the Department of Business Regulation.

This also means that the hemp grown in Rhode Island is used for the production of CBD oil and other CBD products. This leads us to the next point; and is that CBD is legal to use in Rhode Island, as long as it has less than 0.3% THC.

Hemp and CBD Strains

Hemp as a domesticated crop has been around since ancient times, with data pointing back to thousands of years. Hemp plants have many applications, the primary one is for the production of fiber for textiles and ropes, also for the production of paper, renewable biofuel, insulation, animal feed, animal bedding, and of course, production of CBD or cannabidiol. Hemp and marijuana should not be mixed together because these are separate strains of the cannabis plant, with hemp producing high CBD and low THC contents and marijuana producing high THC and low CBD content.

CBD oil (and other CBD products such as gummies) has many useful effects on the human body. It helps the body’s natural endocannabinoid system (ECS) gets back in balance. CBD has a variety of useful effects on the body, effectively lessening pain, inflammation, and relieving a variety of other psychological and physiological symptoms.

Many of the strains of industrial hemp that are cultivated today for the production of CBD, fiber, paper and other applications usually have about 0.3% THC and up to 10% CBD. But there are strains that make a lot of CBD and a good amount of THC, and these are mainly used by people that take marijuana for medicinal purposes as CBD and THC have their effects in the treatment of some issues and health conditions. Below are two cannabis strains that make good amounts CBD and THC and are used for their medicinal properties.

  • Chem Beyond Deisel CBD is a hybrid strain that descends from Chemdawg and an undisclosed CBD-rich strain. It smells of spices, lemons with a hint of diesel. The average THC content is between 5-12% and the average CBD content is from 8 to 15%. This strain can be used during the day or at night, as it has a relaxing, mellow high that does not bother everyday tasks. The medicinal side is aimed at pain relief, help with nausea and anxiety, and reducing inflammation.
  • Cashey’s Honey is a hybrid strain with strong sativa influences from its parents. This strain produces around 10% THC and up to 20% CBD. Smelling of lemons and pines, with a tangy undertone, it leaves a sweet, citrusy taste in the mouth. It can be used any time, and it helps with fatigue, stress, depression, headaches and helps with ADD.

Rhode Island CBD Law

The State of Rhode Island has a law legalizing the use of hemp and allowing commercial cultivation of this crop. It is regulated by the Hemp Growth Act, allowing hemp to be treated same as any other agricultural crop, and traded as a commercial commodity.

CBD is not regulated with any state law, meaning that it is legal to be used per the federal Farm Bill, as long as the CBD is derived from industrial hemp and has less than 0.3% THC.

Medical Marijuana

The people of Rhode Island can use marijuana for medicinal purposes since 2006. The patients need a medical marijuana card and need to be suffering from one of these debilitating health conditions: cancer, autism, chronic pain, Alzheimer’s disease, Crohn’s disease, cachexia, glaucoma, seizures, PTSD, HIV/AIDS, hepatitis C, muscle spasms and other severe conditions per a doctor’s decision.

Patients can possess two and a half ounces of marijuana and can grow up to 12 mature plants and 12 seedlings in an indoor facility. This program is governed by R.I. Department of Health and is currently serving around 18,000 patients, with 12 Compassion Centers as medical cannabis dispensaries are called here.

No weed for Rhode Islanders (Yet)

While there is no official law legalizing the use of marijuana for recreational purposes yet, the State of Rhode Island has decriminalized the possession of small amounts of weed. Anyone caught with less than one ounce for personal use will only get a civil violation penalty and $150 fine. Anything up to a kilo is still tolerable and will get you a year in prison.

If you plan on becoming a marijuana dealer in Rhode Island, you should know that if you get caught you get a 30-year prison sentence and $100K fine. While many people in this state hope that weed will become legal soon, legislators aren’t so keen on it, so anyone who would like to legally smoke weed has to jump to neighboring Massachusetts.

Purchasing Options For Consumers

Even though this is the smallest of all US States, Rhode Island has a good retail network carrying CBD products. There are stores carrying CBD products in Providence, Pawtucket, and Newport. Still, many people prefer the hassle-free way of shopping online. This way they can check the credentials of the sellers, and make sure they get CBD products with less than 0.3% THC. Plus, the usual free shipping is always welcomed.

Wrap Up

The State of Rhode Island has established a hemp growing program in 2016, and it is expected that the first crops will start growing in 2019. The state also has a medical marijuana program instated since 2006, with several qualifying conditions. Registered patients can grow up to 12 mature and 12 seedling plants, and possess two and a half ounces of medical cannabis.

Even though the state does not allow the legal use of recreational cannabis, it has decriminalized possession of small amounts of weed. Lastly, the Smallest State allows the free use of all kinds of CBD products, as long as they are in accordance with Federal laws and have less than 0.3% THC.

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