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Washington Medical Marijuana Law Fact Sheet

Washington Medical Marijuana Law Fact Sheet

Posted by Marijuana Doctors on 05/09/2010 in Medical Marijuana Laws

Ever wanted to know how to get medical marijuana in Washington? Or whether cannabis, marijuana, pot or weed is legal in Washington? Do you know the difference between a marijuana recommendation and a marijuana prescription? How do you locate quality medical marijuana doctors?

With different, complex rules for each medical marijuana state, it can be difficult to find the answers to these questions. So we’ve compiled this Washington Medical Marijuana Law Fact Sheet to make it a little easier to obtain the medicine you need.

State Measure:

Measure 692

Date Passed:

November 3, 1998

Defenses Provided:

Washington’s medical marijuana law provides an affirmative defense if you are in compliance with the statue. The state does not have a marijuana medical card program at this time.

Medical Marijuana Uses:

Under Washington medical marijuana law, medical cannabis may be used if you suffer from any of the following conditions:

Cancer, HIV/AIDS, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy or other seizure disorder, or spasticity disorders; intractable pain; glaucoma, either acute or chronic; Crohn’s disease; Hepatitis C; or any disease, including anorexia, which results in nausea, vomiting, wasting, appetite loss, cramping, seizures, muscle spasms, and/or spasticity, when these symptoms are unrelieved by standard treatments.

Documentation Needed:

In order to qualify for medical marijuana in Washington, you must obtain a statement signed by your physician, or a copy of your pertinent medical records, which states that in the physician’s professional opinion, the “potential benefits” of medical marijuana “would likely outweigh the health risks.” Find a WA medical marijuana doctor here.

Marijuana Card Program:

There is currently no state ID program or registry for medical marijuana patients in Washington to obtain a marijuana card. In order to receive full legal protections of the Washington State Medical Marijuana Act, all you need is a written recommendation from a state licensed doctor.

Cannabis Possession and Growing Limits:

Medical cannabis patients in Washington may possess a “sixty day supply” of medical marijuana. Washington does not allow patients to purchase marijuana at dispensaries at this time.

Caregiver Provisions:

Medical Marijuana patients in Washington may designate a caregiver to possess, transport and grow cannabis on the patient’s behalf. There may only be one caregiver per patient, and a caregiver may serve only one patient at a time.

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