Updated on May 6, 2020. Medical content reviewed by Dr. Joseph Rosado, MD, M.B.A, Chief Medical Officer
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.
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 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.”
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.
July 01, 2016, the Cannabis Protection Act, goes into full effect, implementing the Medical Marijuana Authorization Database — while the database is NOT mandatory, registered patients and designated providers who do choose to voluntarily register, will receive a recognition card, also known as a medical marijuana card/cannabis I.D. card, that will ensure the individual legal protection from state-level criminal penalties for the use, possession or cultivation, of cannabis; and receive a tax break on the medication (medical marijuana is sale tax free).