Washington Medical Marijuana

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Qualifying Conditions

  • Cachexia
  • Cancer
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Glaucoma
  • Hepatitis C
  • HIV or AIDS
  • Intractable pain
  • Persistent muscle spasms, and/or spasticity
  • Nausea
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Seizures
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Any “terminal or debilitating condition”

State Agency

Washington Medical Marijuana Program

Physician Certification

Medical practioners can authorize patients for medical cannabis are required to have a bona fide provider-patient relationship with the patient.


How do I become a medical marijuana patient in Washington?

RECOMMENDATION: Schedule an appointment with your health care practitioner to see if your medical condition qualifies (see Qualifying Conditions). If it is determined you qualify, your practitioner may provide you with a medical marijuana authorization (authorization) - see form example.

REGISTER*: Call a medically-endorsed retail store and schedule an appointment with a medical marijuana consultant (certified consultant) who may register you into the medical marijuana database and issue a medical marijuana card. Bring your authorization and government- or state-issued identification (i.e., driver license) to the appointment (WAC 314-55-150).

RECEIVE: Once you have a medical marijuana card, you are now officially registered with the program and may take advantage of the card benefits (see A Patient's Guide to the Medical Marijuana Database).

*Note: Registration is voluntary for adult patients (age 18 and older), but required for minor patients (under age 18) and their designated provider.

How do I get a medical marijuana card?

Once the patient receives a medical marijuana authorization from their health care practitioner, they may call a nearby medically-endorsed store (PDF) and schedule an appointment with a certified consultant who will:

  • review the authorization for completeness and accuracy;
  • compare the information to the patient's state identification;
  • take a photo of the patient's face and designated provider (if any);
  • enter patient information and upload the photo into the medical marijuana authorization database;
  • generate, print and laminate the medical marijuana card; and
  • return the authorization, identification and medical marijuana card to the patient.

What are the benefits for registering in the state database?

Patients who register in the state database will receive the following benefits:

  • May buy and possess up to three times the current limit from any medically-endorsed retail store.
  • Exempt from paying sales tax when buying products from a medically-endorsed retail store.
  • May buy high-THC compliant products from a medically-endorsed retail store, where available.
  • Depending on their practitioner's recommendation, may grow six to 15 plants and possess eight ounces of usable marijuana produced from their plants within their domicile.
  • May participate in a registered medical marijuana cooperative (PDF).
  • Receive arrest protection if compliant with chapter 69

Are there age restrictions to becoming a medical marijuana patient?

No. A health care practitioner may authorize the use of marijuana for any patient, regardless of age, as long as it is medically appropriate under the law and the profession's standard of care

How long is my medical marijuana authorization form good for?

Depending on your treatment plan, a medical marijuana authorization may be good for up to a year after issuance for an adult patient (age 18 and older) and up to six months after issuance for a minor qualifying patient (under age 18)

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