slater center faqs


I’ve never done this before. What should I expect?

There’s no need to be nervous – we’re here for you every step of the way.

When you arrive, attendants will direct you as to where to park in our secure fenced parking lot. You’ll then enter the dispensary where you’ll be greeted by someone at the front desk who will arrange for one of our friendly employees to get you registered.

You’ll find our dispensary is a warm, inviting place, tastefully decorated with comfortable chairs and couches, beautiful display cases and private stations at the counter for confidential discussions with your Patient Advisor, who will help you select and purchase your medicine. We also have security inside and outside the building, for everyone’s safety.

Is my privacy protected?

Absolutely. We abide by all Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) requirements for patient confidentiality.

Can someone else purchase medicine for me?

Your designated caregiver or authorized purchaser can buy medicine for you. In fact, many patients find this a convenient way to get their medicine, especially when they are not able to come to the center.

The caregiver or authorized purchaser registers through the patient’s account and the purchases will be recorded and attributed to that patient.

Can a family member or friend accompany me during visits to the Slater Center?

Only individuals with approved documentation as medical cannabis patients, caregivers and authorized purchasers are allowed to enter the building.

If you want a family member or friend to come with you to the Slater Center, that person needs to be registered as your designated caregiver or authorized purchaser.

The State of Rhode Island allows each registered Medical Marijuana Patient to designate one Caregiver and one Authorized Purchaser. You must complete an application for either/both within the Instructions and Application for Initial Registration as a Medical Marijuana Patient* on the Rhode Island Department of Health website. (The application for caregivers and authorized purchasers is on pages eight and nine of the form.)

* NOTE: You don’t need to designate a caregiver or authorized purchaser when you initially apply – you can add them at any time.

How much medicine can I get?

Under state law, a compassion center can dispense no more than 2.5 ounces (70 grams) of usable cannabis or its equivalent to a qualifying patient or his/her caregiver or authorized purchaser during a 15-day period.


We have answers to other frequently asked questions about medical cannabis below. We also have lots more information throughout our website, including Cannabis 101: A Beginner’s Guide to Medical Cannabis. This handy guide includes additional information about the use of medical cannabis, as well as detailed information about specific plants and products.

We’re also happy to answer any other questions you may have. Stop by or give us a call at 401-274-1000

Again, welcome to the Slater Center. We look forward to being your partner on your journey to wellness.

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