Washington first signed a medical marijuana program into law in 1998. Because marijuana is now recreationally legal in Washington, all medical marijuana patient registration is done on a voluntary basis. Patients enrolled in the voluntary registry are allowed to possess up to 48 ounces of marijuana infused solid products or 3 ounces of usable marijuana. Patients who have voluntarily registered in Washington’s program are entitled to cultivate up to six marijuana plants at home and possess a maximum of eight homegrown ounces. There are no state-licensed dispensaries in the state of Washington, however, private retailers are also allowed to sell medical marijuana. All marijuana-related programs in Washington are only available to residents of the state, and no accurate number of enrollment is published at this time.   At this time, no formal registration is required in the state of Washington to acquire a medical marijuana card. The rules surrounding Washington’s medical marijuana program are dictated by the Washington Department of Health. Starting in 2016, patients in Washington can voluntarily register for a medical cannabis card that will provide them with additional legal protections in the future. Until then, all you need to qualify is written certification of medical marijuana evaluation by a licensed doctor. Washington’s medical marijuana program covers 12 core qualifying ailments and is extremely flexible:
  • Cachexia / Wasting syndrome
  • Cancer
  • Crohn's disease
  • Glaucoma
  • Hepatitis C
  • HIV / AIDS
  • Intractable pain
  • Persistent muscle spasms, and/or spasticity
  • Nausea
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Seizures
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Any “terminal or debilitating condition” not on this list.
Patients seeking more information about acquiring medical marijuana in Washington can contact the Washington State Department of Health’s Medical Marijuana division by email.