Cannabis in Rhode Island

In Rhode Island, it is legal to consume adult-use recreational marijuana. Dispensaries that have previously only sold medical marijuana are now licensed to sell it for recreational use as well, and more dispensaries will open throughout the state in the coming months and years. Smoking cannabis is now legal in most places where cigarettes are permitted. However, note the maximum amount you can legally hold is one ounce. For additional information and links regarding Rhode Island's cannabis laws, click here.

Cannabis in Rhode Island


As is the case with other New England states, Rhode Island has its on-water personality, it off-the-water personality, plus a few more for its urban and rural faces. The on-water parts of the state, like the sandy beaches of South County and Newport, RI, and the rocky shoreline of Jamestown, is a huge draw for summer people. In all seasons of the year, visitors enjoy the small cities of Newport – with many original, Colonial-era buildings and streets, along with sailing, mansions, and shopping on the wharves – and the capital city of Providence, RI. Providence is getting renowned for its dining scene, juiced up by a bustling Little Italy neighborhood and the presence of a major culinary college. Visiting any of these places is delightfully enhanced, in mind and body, by a preliminary toke or nibble of cannabis. Luckily, the state is small enough that dispensaries are readily accessible no matter where you decide to visit.

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Aerial View of Matunuck in South Kingstown, RI - Cannabis in Rhode Island
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Aura of Rhode Island

1136 Lonsdale Avenue Central Falls, RI, 02863 Phone: 401-335-5356

Quality products and a friendly, knowledgeable staff at state’s premier dispensary

Quality products, fair prices, a super-friendly staff: That’s what you’ll find at Aura of Rhode Island, the state’s premier cannabis dispensary. Built on a foundation of quality, passion and dedication to the art of cannabis, Aura sells cannabis from the state’s top cultivators. In addition to a wide selection of flower, products include pre-rolls, tinctures, concentrates, THC and CBD topicals, a large selection of vape products, accessories and apparel. And edibles come in all forms, from green apple and red raspberry gummies to cookies-and-cream chocolate bars, beverages, brownies, cookies and CBD pecan butter. The dispensary’s wait times are very short, a loyalty reward program leads to future discounts, and there’s plenty of parking. The staff will be happy to answer all your questions.

Cannabis Products are NOT SAFE FOR KIDSFor Ages 21+ and medical cannabis patients.
- RI License # MMP CC005
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Cannabis Disclaimer

Cannabis/marijuana products have not been analyzed or approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). There is limited information on the side effects of using such products, and there may be associated health risks. Marijuana use during pregnancy and breast-feeding may pose potential harms. It is against the law to drive or operate machinery when under the influence of this product. KEEP THIS PRODUCT AWAY FROM CHILDREN. There may be health risks associated with consumption of this product. Marijuana can impair concentration, coordination, and judgment. The impairment effects of Edibles may be delayed by two hours or more. In case of accidental ingestion, contact poison control hotline 1-800-222-1222 or 9-1-1. This product may be illegal outside of Rhode Island.
  • Please Consume Responsibly.
  • Marijuana can impair concentration, coordination and judgment. Do not operate a vehicle or machinery under the influence of this drug.
  • For use only by adults 21 years of age or older. Keep out of the reach of children.


Rhode Island’s beaches are famous, but slightly less-known, perhaps, are the pleasures of exploring Little Rhody’s inland areas, like the historic Blackstone Valley, named for the Blackstone River. Up to World War II, this river was a workhorse of industry driven by water power. In fact, the first water-powered textile plant in the nation was created in Pawtucket, RI when Samuel Slater built the Slater Mill (still standing, and hosting tours) with plans he had stolen from England. Now the river valley is a place for hiking, biking, paddling, and tasting ethnic cuisine, from French-Canadian, a gift of the region’s earlier mill workers, to the more-recent Asian and Hispanic. Feeling the munchies from that last round of marijuana? Providence and the small towns of the Blackstone Valley offer adventurous dining.

East Bay Bike Path into Providence, RI


Culturally, Providence, RI is a busy place. Major live theaters include Providence Performing Arts Center, Veterans Memorial Auditorium, Trinity Repertory Company, The Gamm Theater (in nearby Warwick, RI), and many other small places. The big three theaters, downtown, host major productions of Broadway-caliber shows. Visit any of these theaters’ productions with a brain enhanced by THC, and you may enjoy an extra-profound experience. Art museums, including one associated with Rhode Island School of Design, are found in Providence and Newport. Historic home museums, many telling the stories of the state’s founding by Roger Williams in 1636, are out in the pretty countryside, calling you to a delightful drive.

Providence Performing Arts Center in Providence, RI


As a shoreline state, Rhode Island clearly knows how to cook and serve seafood (in fact, the state’s official appetizer is calamari). In Newport, you can dine in any of the dozens of casual or more-formal restaurants on the city’s restored wharves, facing sunset and the sails in motion in Newport Harbor. Providence has a positively authentic Little Italy neighborhood called Federal Hill. In fact, Providence is home to Johnson & Wales University, known nationally for its culinary school. Many Providence restaurateurs stepped right out of that college and into innovative kitchens in the city. Be sure to bring your weed-induced appetite; you won’t be disappointed.

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Outdoor Waterfront Patio at the Lobster Pot in Bristol, RI

State Laws


  • It is legal to possess up to one ounce of marijuana in Rhode Island. Anything between one and two ounces is a civil violation, like a parking ticket.


  • There are six dispensaries in Rhode Island; these dispensaries offer both recreational and medical cannabis. The new law also allows up to 33 new retail licenses to be distributed in six zones statewide. (Current as of 7/2023)

Smoking in Public:

  • You may smoke marijuana in public, in any place where you are allowed to smoke tobacco, but individual communities, businesses or property owners may choose to restrict it on their premises.

Driving Under the Influence:

  • Similarly to alcohol, it is illegal drive a motor vehicle while stoned. Driving while intoxicated will result in a driver's license suspension for a period of 6 months for the first offense.

Medical Marijuana:

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