Medical Marijuana Program (216-RICR-20-10-3)


Title 216 Department of Health
Chapter 20 Community Health
Subchapter 10 Screening, Medical Services, and Reporting
Part 3 Medical Marijuana Program (216-RICR-20-10-3)
Type of Filing Amendment
Regulation Status Active
Effective 07/24/2020 to 08/16/2020

Regulation Authority :

R.I. Gen. Laws § 21-28.6-5, R.I. Gen. Laws Chapter 21-28.6

Purpose and Reason :

Extends the expiration date of any registry identification cardholders whose registry identifications cards expired on or after March 1, 2020 to August 15, 2020.

Editorial Notes :

This Emergency Amendment was promulgated to amend the text of §§ 3.1(B) and 3.6(G) to change dates provided in the previous Amendment to this Rule. The ineffective date was then altered to correspond with the date requested by the Agency.

Brief statement of Reason for Finding Imminent Peril :

RIDOH finds that there is imminent peril to the public health, safety or welfare in that qualifying patients, primary caregivers and authorized purchasers under the Edward O. Hawkins and Thomas C. Slater Medical Marijuana Act, R.I. Gen. Laws § 21-28.6-1 et seq. (the “Act”) whose registry identification cards have expired without renewal since the Governor’s declaration on March 9, 2020, of a state of emergency due to COVID-19, will be unable to purchase medical marijuana from compassion centers. Therefore, this Emergency Regulation is required in order to protect public health and welfare by providing continued access to medical marijuana for such qualifying patients, primary caregivers and authorized purchasers.