Becoming a Patient in Washington

Summary

In order to become a medical cannabis patient in Washington, a person must suffer from a terminal or debilitating condition and reside in state at the time of diagnosis. Qualifying patients may legally possess up to 15 plants and 24 ounces with no requirement for registration. The law also allows individuals to cultivate their own medicine, designate a provider to do so or participate in collective gardens. Below you will find an overview of state requirements and links to other helpful information.

QUALIFYING CONDITIONS

  • Cancer
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
  • Epilepsy or other seizure disorder
  • Spasticity disorders
  • Intractable pain, unrelieved by standard treatments
  • Glaucoma, unrelieved by standard treatments
  • Crohn’s disease, unrelieved by standard treatments
  • Hepatitis C, unrelieved by standard treatments
  • Diseases, including anorexia, which cause nausea, vomiting, appetite loss, cramping, seizures, muscle spasms or spasticity
  • Any other condition approved by Washington’s Medical Quality Assurance Commission in consultation with the Board of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery

PATIENT REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be diagnosed with a terminal or debilitating medical condition
  • Must reside in Washington at the time of diagnosis
  • Must be advised by a health care professional about the risks and benefits of medical cannabis
  • Must be advised by a health care professional that they may benefit from the use of medical cannabis
  • Must not possess more than 15 plants
  • Must not possess more than 24 ounces of useable cannabis or a combined total of products that exceed what could be reasonably produced with 24 ounces of useable cannabis

Patient Resources and Support:

Talking to Your Doctor
http://www.safeaccessnow.org/talking_to_your_doctor_about_medical_marijuana

What the Science Says http://www.safeaccessnow.org/medical_cannabis_research_what_does_the_evidence_say

Guide to Using Medical Cannabis
http://www.safeaccessnow.org/using_medical_cannabis

Know Your Rights
http://www.safeaccessnow.org/knowing_your_rights

Become a Medical Cannabis Advocate
http://www.safeaccessnow.org/work_with_asa

The Medical Cannabis Advocate’s Training Center
http://www.safeaccessnow.org/advocate_training_center

Washington State Medical Cannabis Legal Guide by Cannabis Defense Coalition
http://cdc.coop/docs/legal-guide-draft.pdf