The law requires plants to have tags by this Saturday April 1. DBR started to distribute tags last week but they will not get to everyone before April 1. As long as you have correctly placed your order for tags before April 1 (this Saturday), save the receipt and you will be okay. DBR put in writing with the following emergency regulation that states the following:
During the Effective Period of this regulation (defined below), registered patients and primary caregivers shall be considered in compliance with R.I. Gen. Laws § 21-28.6-15(a) and Section 1.9(C)(1) of the MMP Regulations, which mandate that effective April 1, 2017, marijuana plants, mature and seedlings must be accompanied by medical marijuana tags purchased through the Department (hereinafter “Tags”), if all of the following criteria are satisfied:
1. Prior to April 1, 2017, such patient or caregiver submits a valid order to DBR through DBR’s website for the total number of Tags required for that patient or caregiver to comply with R.I. Gen. Laws § 21-28.6-15(a) and Section 1.9(C)(1) of the MMP Regulations;
2. Such patient or caregiver maintains a true and accurate copy of the purchase receipt provided by DBR with their marijuana plants at their grow premises; and
3. Such patient or caregiver submits applicable payment for and obtains their Tags within 10 business days of notification from DBR that the requested tags are available for pick-up.
If you have recently ordered and paid for tags and are wondering why you haven’t heard from DBR about when to pick them up, you are not alone. You may not hear for three weeks or so. Keep in mind that the tags are customized with your info on it and DBR is emailing notices to those whose tags are ready. If you just show up before you get your notice, your tags likely won’t be available yet.
DBR has started issuing tags to patients and caregivers. There have been glitches on the DBR website that have caused delays but DBR assures us that they will all get resolved. They are getting flooded with calls and are unable to get to all of them so don’t be surprised if you call but don’t get through. You are likely to get a faster result if you go to your email and send DBR a message at this address: DBR.MMPCompliance@dbr.ri.gov
DBR has assured us, once again, that no one will be penalized for not having tags by April 1, as long as they have put their order in for tags.
All licensed caregivers and patients are required to have tags on their plants by April 1. So, if you have entered your info on the DBR website but have not heard anything, you are not alone. Do not panic. No one has tags or even hear back from DBR about how to pay for their tags. We are waiting for an official statement from DBR that will put patients and caregivers at ease. We have received many inquiries from cardholders who are experiencing anxiety about the tags. Today is the 22nd so it doesn’t seem possible that all cardholders who applied will actually have their tags by April 1. It is not the fault of patients and caregivers that the tag program is experiencing delays.
To be compliant with the law, if you have not already ordered your tags, you should do so as soon as possible. Go to: http://www.dbr.state.ri.us/divisions/medicalmarijuana/index.php#medtags. Again, if patients and caregivers are following the DBR instructions, delays in the distribution of the tags are not their fault. But it is important, to avoid problems, that patients and caregivers do what we need to do to comply.
It is the first Monday of the month which means at 7pm we will have a meeting at the Bell Street Chapel, 3 Bell Street in Providence. All are welcome. If you are confused about the changes in the MMj Program, this is where you can get answers.