Washington

Washington

11,000
Registered Patient Population
0.14%
of Total Population Represented by Patients
157
Total Medical Retail Locations Currently in Operation
70 : 1
Patients : Retail

Cannabis is legal to all adults above 21 in Washington. Medical patients may grow 4 plants at home, or up to 15 per household with registration from the state. Patients and caregivers may shop at the state’s dispensaries. Washington does not recognize out of state medical cannabis cards. Patients report there are still few dispensaries which presents a barrier to access in many areas.

Patient Rights and Civil Protections 80/100   
Arrest Protection 25/25
Affirmative Defense 20/20
Parental Rights Protections 20/20
DUI Protections 0/10
Employment Protections 10/20
Explicit Privacy Standards 5/5
Access to Medicine 80/100   
Authorizes Retail Access 10/10
Alternative Accessibility Methods 20/20
- Authorizes Delivery 10/10
- Authorizes Curbside Pickup 10/10
Personal Cultivation 15/15
Collective Gardening 5/5
Sufficient Number of Licenced Retailers 30/30
Reciprocity 0/20
Program Functionality 64/100   
Legal Protections Within Reasonable Time Frame 16/20
Reasonable Possession Limits 10/10
Reasonable Purchase Limits 10/10
Telemedicine for Physician Certifications 3/15
Patient and Physician Representation in Program Decision Making 0/20
Reasonable Caregiver Standards 5/5
- Background Checks 2/2
- Number of Caregivers 3/3
Reasonable Physician Standards 5/5
Access to Administration Methods 10/10
- Allows Dried Flower 5/5
- Allows Edibles, Concentrates, and Other Forms 5/5
Provides Access to Minors on School Grounds 5/5
Affordability 60/100   
Sales Tax Break for Patients and Caregivers 20/20
Covered by State Insurance or Health Aid 0/20
Reasonable Registration Fees 20/20
Financial Hardship Waivers or Discounts 20/20
Donation Program 0/10
Allows Multi-Year Registrations 0/10
Health and Social Equity 57/100   
State Program Protections 25/25
Housing Protections 0/25
Access for Minors 9/10
Access in Underserved Areas 5/10
List of Qualifying Conditions is Exhaustive or All Inclusive 5/10
Allows Patients to Medicate Where they Choose 8/10
Organ Transplants 5/5
Ownership or Employment Restrictions 0/5
Consumer Protection and Product Safety 102/200   
Total 15/50
Quality Management Systems 0/10
Staff Training 0/10
Standard Operating Procedures 2/8
- Facility and Equipment Sanitation 0/1
- Workplace Safety 0/1
- Storage 0/1
- Batch and Lot Tracking 0/1
- Security 0/1
- Waste Disposal 1/1
- Water Management 0/1
- Records Management 1/1
Pesticide Usage Limitations 2/2
Environmental Impact Regulations 1/2
Required Testing 5/8
- Cannabinoids 1/1
- Terpenes 0/1
- Microbials 1/1
- Aflatoxins 1/1
- Pesticides 0/1
- Heavy Metals 0/1
- Foreign Matter 1/1
- Moisture Content/ Water Activity 1/1
Packaging and Labeling 2/3
- Cannabinoids 1/1
- Terpenes 0/1
- Pesticides 1/1
Complaints, Adverse Event Reporting, and Recall Protocol 3/7
Total 29/50
Quality Management Systems 10/10
Staff Training 5/10
Standard Operating Procedures 2/7
- Facility and Equipment Sanitation 0/1
- Workplace Safety 0/1
- Storage 0/1
- Batch and Lot Tracking 0/1
- Security 0/1
- Waste Disposal 1/1
- Records Management 1/1
Environmental Impact Regulations 2/3
Required Testing 4/10
- Cannabinoids 1/1
- Terpenes 0/1
- Microbials 1/1
- Aflatoxins 1/1
- Pesticides 0/1
- Heavy Metals 0/1
- Residual Solvents 1/1
- Homogeneity 0/1
- Foreign Matter 0/1
- Water Activity 0/1
Packaging and Labeling 3/5
- Cannabinoids 1/1
- Terpenes 0/1
- Ingredients 1/1
- Allergens 1/1
- Nutritional Content 0/1
Complaints, Adverse Event Reporting and Recall Protocol 3/5
Total 14/50
Staff Training 0/20
Standard Operating Procedures 2/7
- Facility Sanitation 0/1
- Workplace Safety 0/1
- Storage 0/1
- Batch and Lot Tracking 0/1
- Security 0/1
- Waste Disposal 1/1
- Records Management 1/1
Product Testing 5/10
- Product Meets Requirements Before Sale 0/5
- COA Disclosure 5/5
Complaints, Adverse Event Reporting and Recall Protocol 7/13
Total 44/50
Independent or Third-Party 5/5
Laboratory Sampling 3/5
Method Validation 4/4
Quality Management Systems 5/5
Staff Training 20/20
Standard Operating Procedures 7/7
- Facility and Equipment Sanitation 1/1
- Equipment and Instrument Calibration 1/1
- Workplace Safety 1/1
- Sample Tracking 1/1
- Security 1/1
- Waste Disposal 1/1
- Records Management 1/1
Result Reporting 0/4
Score Penalties 41/100   
Gives Regulatory Preference to Adult Use 20/20
Classifies Cannabis as a Medicine of Last Resort 0/15
Administrative or Supply Problems 0/15
Requires Vertical Integration 0/10
Creates New Criminal Penalties for Patients 10/10
Limits Patients to a Single Retailer 0/10
No System for Adding Qualifying Conditions 10/10
Imposes Bans or Limits on THC 1/5
Imposes Bans or Limits on CBD 0/5
Excerpted from ASA's 2021 State of the States Report.
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