Becoming a Patient in Washington

Summary

In 2015, the state approved SB 5052, which establishes state regulated medical cannabis retail access points utilizing the I-502 retail stores and made significant changes to the state's patient cultivation rights. Collective gardens will no longer be allowed as of July 2016, but can apply to form non-commercial cooperatives to provide an alternative to access from retail stores.

What's Legal

Patients may apply to form cooperative gardens, or may grow up to six plants and possess up to eight ounces of usable medicine. Patients may purchase forty-eight ounces of marijuana-infused product in solid form; three ounces of useable marijuana; two hundred sixteen ounces of marijuana-infused product in liquid form; or twenty-one grams of marijuana concentrates. The qualifying patient or designated provider may also grow, in his or her domicile, up to six plants for the personal medical use of the qualifying patient and possess up to eight ounces of useable marijuana produced from his or her plants.

Eligible 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

Application process

The medical marijuana authorization form is ONLY to be completed by the authorizing healthcare practitioner. Please read the following instructions fully before downloading the form.

In order to be valid, the medical marijuana authorization form must be:

  • Printed single-sided on 8.5 x 11 tamper-resistant paper for both pages as defined in RCW 69.51A.010.
  • Fully completed by the authorizing healthcare practitioner with the patient and the patient's designated provider, if any*:
    • Every field must be filled in unless it is described as"Optional."
    • Mark N/A if a designated provider isn't identified.
    • The healthcare practitioner must list their office phone number for verification.
    • The patient and designated provider (if any*) must each have their own form completed with the information fields for both the patient and designated provider; and each will sign their own form under the attestation.

Doctor

The medical marijuana authorization form is ONLY to be completed by the authorizing healthcare practitioner. Please see application process above.

Access/Caregivers

Caregivers are defined as "designated providers." Requirements and limitations for designated providers include:

  • Has been entered into the medical marijuana authorization database as being the designated provider to a qualifying patient; and
  • Has been provided a recognition card;
  • Is prohibited from consuming marijuana obtained for the personal, medical use of the qualifying patient for whom the individual is acting as designated provider;
  • Provides marijuana to only the qualifying patient that has designated him or her;
  • Is in compliance with the terms and conditions of this chapter; and
  • Is the designated provider to only one patient at any one time.

Consumption

No restrictions on where patients may medicate.

Age Limits

Patients under the age of 18 are permitted, but they must have their parent or legal guardian serve as their designated provider Additionally, they must be re-certified by their physician ever 6 months

Confidentiality

Personally identifiable information of qualifying patients and designated providers included in the medical marijuana authorization database is confidential and exempt from public disclosure, inspection, or copying. Information contained in the medical marijuana authorization database may be released in aggregate form, with all personally identifying information redacted, for the purpose of statistical analysis and oversight of agency performance and actions. Information contained in the medical marijuana authorization database shall not be shared with the federal government or its agents unless the particular patient or designated provider is convicted in state court for violating this the medical cannabis law.

Housing

No protections.

Employment

No protections.

Insurance

Insurance is not required to cover medical cannabis expenses.

Out of State patients

Their is no reciprocity for out of state patients visiting Washington State.

For More information

Department of Health Medical Marijuana page


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