WA Caregiver, Producer & Provider Info
Every state has varying laws and regulations for caregivers, cultivators and medical cannabis providers. In Washington, patients may legally designate a provider to cultivate cannabis on their behalf or become a participating member of a collective garden. Registration is not required for designated providers and collective gardens are not subject to licensing or regulatory oversight under state law. Below is an overview of state requirements for designated providers and collective gardens, as well as links to other helpful resources.
DESIGNATED PROVIDER REQUIREMENTS
Designated providers may not be arrested, prosecuted or subject to other legal sanctions for possession, cultivation or delivery of medical cannabis, absent other violations of state law. Designated providers may only care for one patient in any 15-day period, in addition to themselves and are not subject to government oversight.
- Must be 18 years of age or older
- Must be designated in writing by a patient
- Must be a designated provider to only one patient at any one time
- Must not provide care to more than one qualifying patient within any 15 day period
- Must not consume marijuana obtained for the medical use of the patient being cared for
- Must not possess more than 15 plants and 24 ounces of cannabis, unless designated provider is a qualifying patient, in which case the limit is 30 plants and 48 ounces
COLLECTIVE GARDEN REQUIREMENTS
Collective gardens are defined in law as a group of qualifying patients who share necessary resources to produce and process cannabis for medical use. This can include the location, equipment, construction materials, supplies and labor needed to plant, grow and harvest cannabis, as well as any plants, seeds or cuttings. Collective gardens can provide for up to ten patients at a time, as long as there is no more than 72 ounces on site and production is limited to 45 plants. Collective gardens are not subject to state oversight or tax requirements.
- Up to 10 qualifying patients per collective garden
- Must have copy of each patient’s valid documentation available on the premises at all times
- Must limit garden to 15 plants per patient, not to exceed a maximum of 45 plants
- Must limit possession of cannabis to 24 oz. per patient, not to exceed maximum of 72 oz.
- Must only supply cannabis to participating members of the collective garden
Provider Resources and Support:
Making the Decision to be a Provider
Standards of Care for Providing to Patients
ASA’S Patient-Focused Certification Program
Basic Legal Information
Washington State Medical Cannabis Legal Guide by Cannabis Defense Coalition
ACLU-WA Guide for Patients, Providers, Law Enforcement and the Public
Preparing for a Raid
ASA’S Raid Response Campaign
Become a Medical Cannabis Advocate
The Medical Cannabis Advocate’s Training Center