1.8 “Medical use” means the acquisition, possession, cultivation, manufacture, use, delivery, transfer, or transportation of marijuana or paraphernalia relating to the consumption of marijuana to alleviate a registered qualifying patient’s debilitating medical condition or symptoms associated with the medical condition.
1.12 “Primary caregiver” means either a natural person who is at least twenty-one (21) years old or a compassion center. A natural person primary caregiver may assist no more than five (5) qualifying patients with their medical use of marijuana.
1.13 “Qualifying patient” means a person who has been diagnosed by a practitioner as having a debilitating medical condition and is a resident of Rhode Island.
1.16 “Seedling” means a marijuana plant with no observable flowers or buds.
1.17 “These Regulations” mean all parts of Rhode Island Rules and Regulations Related to the Medical Marijuana Program [R21-28.6-MMP].
1.18 “Unusable marijuana” means marijuana seeds, stalks, seedlings, and unusable roots.
1.19 “Usable marijuana” means the dried leaves and flowers of the marijuana plant, and any mixture or preparation thereof, but does not include the seeds, stalks, and roots of the plant.
2.8 Registered Primary Caregiver and Registered Qualifying Patient Possession Limits.
The following possession limits are established for each registered primary caregiver and registered qualifying patient:
2.8.1 Pursuant to RIGL §21-28.6-4(d), a registered primary caregiver may possess an amount of marijuana which does not exceed twelve (12) mature marijuana plants and two and one-half (2.5) ounces of usable marijuana for each qualifying patient to whom he or she is connected through the Department’s registration process established pursuant to these Regulations. 2.8.2 Notwithstanding the provisions of §2.8.1 of these Regulations, and pursuant to RIGL §21-28.6-4(n), no primary caregiver other than a compassion center shall possess an amount of marijuana in excess of twenty-four (24) mature marijuana plants and five (5) ounces of usable marijuana for qualifying patients to whom he or she is connected through the Department’s registration process established pursuant to these Regulations. 2.8.3 Pursuant to RIGL §21-28.6-4(a), a registered qualifying patient may possess an amount of marijuana which does not exceed twelve (12) mature marijuana plants and two and one-half (2.5) ounces of usable marijuana. 2.8.4 Pursuant to RIGL §21-28.6-4(e), registered primary caregivers and registered qualifying patients shall be allowed to possess a reasonable amount of unusable marijuana, including up to twelve (12) seedlings, which shall not be counted toward the limits established in §§2.8.1 and 2.8.3 of these Regulations.
Section 8.0 Scope of the Act
8.1 The Act and these Regulations shall not permit: 8.1.1 Any person to undertake any task under the influence of marijuana, when doing so would constitute negligence or professional malpractice; 8.1.2 The smoking of marijuana: (a) In a school bus or other form of public transportation; (b) On any school grounds; (c) In any correctional facility; (d) In any public place; (e) In any licensed drug treatment facility in this state; or (f) Where exposure to the marijuana smoke significantly adversely affects the health, safety, or welfare of children. 8.1.3 Any person to operate, navigate, or be in actual physical control of any motor vehicle, aircraft, or motorboat while under the influence of marijuana. However, a registered qualifying patient shall not be considered to be under the influence solely for having marijuana metabolites in his or her system.
8.2 Nothing in the Act or these Regulations shall be construed to require: 8.2.1 A government medical assistance program or private health insurer to reimburse a person for costs associated with the medical use of marijuana; or 8.2.2 An employer to accommodate the medical use of marijuana in any workplace.
Section 9.0 Penalties for Violations
9.1 Fraudulent representation to a law enforcement official of any fact or circumstance relating to the medical use of marijuana to avoid arrest or prosecution shall be punishable by a fine of five hundred dollars ($500) which shall be in addition to any other penalties that may apply for making a false statement for the non-medical use of marijuana.
9.2 If a cardholder willfully violates any provision of the Act or these Regulations, as determined by the Department, his or her registry identification card may be revoked.
9.3 A registered qualifying patient who fails to notify the Department of any changes required pursuant to §4.7.2 of these Regulations shall be responsible for a civil infraction, punishable by a fine of no more than one hundred fifty dollars ($150)
9.4 A primary caregiver, principal officer, board member, employee, volunteer or agent of a compassion center who fails to notify the Department of any changes required pursuant to §4.7.3 of these Regulations shall be responsible for a civil infraction, punishable by a fine of no more than one hundred fifty dollars ($150).