Summit Compassion Center Opens

Rhode Island’s third compassion center, Summit Compassion Center in Warwick will open this Wednesday, Nov 19 at 10:30am. Hours will be Monday-Friday 10:30am – 6:30pm. Saturday 10am – 6pm.       380 Jefferson Blvd, Unit E2           phone  401.889.3990

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Rhode Island’s First MMj Employment Discrimination Has Been Filed

Unlike most MMj states, the RI MMj Act specifically protects MMj patients from discrimination in employment.  The MMj Act has been in effect for eight years and RIPAC has assisted many patients who felt discriminated against in employment. Typically, as soon as employers are aware of the RI law, they comply. There is one case, however, where the employer has refused to comply and the ACLU has filed suit. For more info about the case, go to:  http://www.riaclu.org/news/post/aclu-files-suit-over-medical-marijuana-discrimination

New Schedule for RIPAC Grow Classes

RIPAC has pulled together a team of experts to offer a series of eight grow classes over the course of four months on the following selected Wednesday evenings  7 – 9 PM.  The team is led by Mike, a well known expert, familiar to those who attend the RIPAC Johnston patient meetings. Mike is working with a team to provide the best information and help ensure that classes will proceed as scheduled even if one instructor is unavailable for a class.

Where:   RIPAC Headquarters, located at 498 Kinsley Avenue, Providence, RI

Who:      You must have a MMj card (patient or caregiver) to attend.

Fee:       There is a 25 dollar fee per class

When:    Selected Wednesday evenings as listed below, 7- 9pm

To Register: Call or text RIPAC at 401.861.1601 or email joanne@RIpatients.org

Nov 19    1st class      Introduction: Grow room environment, Grow room set up

Dec 10    2nd class   Container selection, Medium selection, Water requirements,  Nutrient selection, PH testing

Dec 17   3rd class   Seed germination, Transplanting seedlings, Cloning, Transplanting clones

Jan 7    4th class      Pests and diseases, Prevention, Treatment of infected plants

Jan 21   5th class   Vegetative growth, Vegetative nutrients, Transplanting, Topping and training, Sexing a plant

Jan 28   6th class   Flowering cycle, Flowering nutrients Patience

Feb 11   7th class   Harvest,  Drying, Curing

Feb 18    8th class   Making Bubble Hash,  Cannabis Butter and  Cannabis Tincture

Implementation of New Law – CHAOS

There has been colossal confusion and uncertainty regarding the changes that took effect September 1.  Two or more cardholders (licensed patients and/or caregivers) growing together are now a co-op and subject to new plant limits, reporting and inspection requirements. If you missed previous communications about the substance of changes, scroll down on this website to find the info on H.7610 subA.

Non-residential co-ops must be inspected by the local fire departments and city or town building inspectors. Most inspectors do not know what is expected of them and are not completing the inspections. MMj cardholders in Lincoln were told to apply for a special permit at a public hearing before the zoning board. Cardholders in Hopkinton and South Kingston have been told they cannot grow under current zoning laws. We brought these problems to the attention of AG Kilmartin who said that this new law was NOT intended to prohibit growing and that the town and cities needed more education. It is not clear what his timetable is for providing this education. In the meanwhile, cardholders who are trying to abide by the law are left in limbo. So far, we have heard from only one non-residential co-op that has successfully completed the process.  It is not clear how information about non-residential co-ops will remain confidential but the MMj law requires state and city officials to protect the confidentiality of patients and caregivers.

We would like to hear from you about your experiences if you have been trying to comply with the requirements for a non-residential co-op. Please contact joanne@ripatients.org.

The process for residential co-ops is much less complicated because there is no requirement for inspections by town or city building and fire departments. These co-ops must have an affidavit from an electrician.

Both residential and non-residential co-ops must register with state police.  After a very rough start, the State Police are taking registrations.

All caregivers are now required to have NATIONAL BACKGROUND RECORDS CHECKS (NBRC). We recommend getting your check at the Attorney General’s office, 150 South Main Street, Providence, 401.274.4400.  The cost is 35 dollars. Bring check or money order because they will not accept cash. You do not need to submit to the check more than once every two years, whether you have one patient or 5 patients. If a new patient is appointing you, you will find the form you need to bring to the AG in the new patient application. You can also find the form on the AG’s website, http://www.riag.ri.gov/documents/bci/fingerprintform.pdf

If you are currently a caregiver, you can wait until your patient renews their MMj card or until you appoint a new patient to obtain your NBRC.

Greenleaf Will Deliver to Home Bound Patients

Greenleaf is starting a delivery system. To qualify you must have a patient MMj card and:
  • be home bound
  • provide a letter signed by your physician that you are home bound (up to physician to determine definition of “home bound”)
  • appoint Greenleaf as one of your caregivers if you have not already done so
  • be prepared to pay by means other than cash (this is a Health Dept. requirement)

For more info contact http://www.greenleafcare.org/  or call 401.293.5987