Emergency Regulation Will Protect Those Who Applied But Will Not Have Tags by April 1

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.

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