- cachexia; cancer; HIV/AIDS; epilepsy; glaucoma; intractable pain, defined as pain unrelieved by standard treatment or medications; multiple sclerosis;
- Or, other conditions subject to the approval of the Washington Board of Health.
- * Crohn’s disease; Hepatitis C with debilitating nausea or intractable pain, or diseases, including anorexia, which result in nausea; vomiting; wasting; appetite loss; cramping; seizures; muscle spasms; or spasticity; when those conditions are unrelieved by standard treatments or medications, to the list of qualifying medical conditions — effective November 02, 2008.
- * Chronic renal failure — effective August 31, 2010.
- * Post-traumatic stress disorder; and traumatic brain injury — effective July 24, 2015.
3. Patients are required to obtain legitimate medical records or documentation from their primary care physician describing the diagnosis of their qualifying condition — *Learn how to request your medical records
6. Once certified, patients may choose to voluntarily register with the state authorization database — effective July 01, 2016. Qualified patients choosing to register with the authorization database, will be ensured legal protection from arrest and prosecution, in addition to a tax break as medical marijuana is sale tax-free. Individuals who choose to register will receive a recognition I.D. card.
A Guide to Registered Marijuana Dispensaries — You can obtain our guide to the best distributors in Washington. This guide is essential since the state has over 300 stores where you can buy marijuana for medical and recreational use.
At the top of the page, you can click on one of the cities in Washington to see a list of doctors working there. After you take a look at their profile, request an appointment to get started.
For purposes of the Department of Health, and law enforcement, the medical marijuana recognition card serves to identify those patients who are exempt from Washington criminal and civil penalties, for conduct pursuant to the medical use of marijuana.
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- Possess a Large Supply of Marijuana — Washington is one of the states with relatively liberal medical marijuana laws. After your registration, you’ll be able to possess 48 ounces of marijuana-infused products in a solid form, three ounces of marijuana in usable form, 216 ounces of liquid marijuana, and 21 grams of concentrates. You can purchase your marijuana products from licensed recreational stores that are manned by knowledgeable people who are certified to fulfill medical marijuana prescriptions.
- Grow Your Own Pot at Home — Your card gives you the right to grow marijuana plants at home. If you joined the voluntary patient database while registering, you may grow six plants for medicinal use and hold eight ounces of usable marijuana produced from your plants. But if your healthcare professional decides you need more to treat your condition, you’ll be allowed to grow up to 15 plants, which should yield 16 ounces of marijuana.
- Join a Growers’ Collective — With your medical marijuana card, you’re permitted to pool your resources together with other patients and cultivate plants in a collective garden. Each garden is to have a maximum of four patients and each patient may decide to grow some or all of their personal 15 plants. The maximum number of plants allowed in each collective garden is 60.
Learn how to get a medical marijuana card in Washington. Find out about local laws and qualifying conditions.
- Patients must be a resident in the state of Washington.
- Patients must be at least eighteen (18) years of age. If under the age of eighteen (18), patients must have a designated provider. Patients under the age of 21 cannot receive Medical marijuana that was produced, processed or delivered through a cooperative garden, nor, participate in a cooperative garden. The designated provider can only participate on behalf of the patient.
- Patients must be diagnosed with one or more of the above Qualifying Condition(s).
- If Patients receive an authorization from a Healthcare Practitioner, patients are able to grow up to four (4) plants. If patients are authorized to grow more than four (4) plants, they can access the benefits of being a regonized card holder by taking their authorization form to a Medically Endorsed Marijuana Store. They will then be entered into the Medical Marijuana Authorization Database and the plants the patient has been allotted to grow will be printed on a card.
Patients in Washington diagnosed with one of the following severe, debilitating, or life-threatening medical conditions, are afforded legal protection under Washington’s medical marijuana law:
Please note, as per Washington’s Department of health, Mental Health Conditions do not qualify since the State of Washington has determined there is not enough scientific evidence to support Medical Marijuana Treatment for Mental Health Conditions.
November 03, 1998, Ballot Initiative I-692 was approved, removing all state-level criminal penalties on the use, possession and cultivation of marijuana by patients who possess “valid documentation” from their physician affirming that he or she suffers from a debilitating condition and that the “potential benefits of the medical use of marijuana would likely outweigh the health risks.”
Updated on May 6, 2020. Medical content reviewed by Dr. Joseph Rosado, MD, M.B.A, Chief Medical Officer
- Chronic Renal Failure — effective August 31, 2010.
- Crohn’s Disease
- Hepatitis C with Debilitating Nausea or Intractable Pain
- Intractable pain (Defined as pain unrelieved by standard treatment or medications)
- Multiple Sclerosis;
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Traumatic Brain Injury — effective July 24, 2015
- Diseases, including Anorexia, which result in nausea; vomiting; wasting; appetite loss; cramping; seizures; muscle spasms; or spasticity; when those conditions are unrelieved by standard treatments or medications, to the list of qualifying medical conditions — effective November 02, 2008.
- Or, other conditions subject to the approval of the Washington Board of Health
To become a medical marijuana patient, schedule an appointment with your health care practitioner to see if your condition qualifies. If it’s determined your condition would benefit from the medical use of marijuana, your health care practitioner will provide you with a completed medical marijuana authorization form.
November 02, 2008, the Final Rule was amended to include Crohn’s disease and Hepatitis C, with debilitating nausea, vomiting, wasting, appetite loss, cramping, seizures, muscle spasms, or spasticity, when those conditions are unrelieved by standard treatments or medications, to list of qualifying medical conditions.
August 31, 2010, chronic renal failure was added to the complete list of qualifying medical conditions, for the state’s medical marijuana program.
Learn more about qualifying for medical marijuana in Washington. Get info on qualifying conditions and find local doctors at Marijuana Doctors.