Washington State’s medical marijuana law, enacted by ballot initiative in 1998, removed state-level penalties for the use, possession and cultivation of marijuana by qualifying patients.
“Qualifying patients” refers to those who have valid documentation from their physician stating that the “potential benefits of the medical use of marijuana would likely outweigh the health risks.”
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”
PATIENT POSSESSION LIMITS:
Those in the voluntary patient database are permitted to possess: 48 ounces of marijuana-infused product in solid form, 3 ounces of useable marijuana, 216 ounces of marijuana-infused product in liquid form, or 21 grams of marijuana concentrates.
Those in the voluntary patient database may cultivate up to six plants for personal medical use, and may possess up to 8 ounces of usable marijuana produced from the plants. If a physician confirms that the medical needs of the patient exceed these limits, he or she will be able to grow up to 15 plants, yielding up to 16 ounces of usable marijuana, for the medicinal use of the patient.
If a patient has not been entered into the medical marijuana database, he or she may grow up to four plants for personal medicinal use, and may possess up to six ounces of usable marijuana.
No. Retail providers may engage in the sale of medical marijuana.
Yes. A designated caregiver is a person who has been confirmed in writing by a patient to serve as their primary caregiver. Caregivers must be at least 21 years or age. Providers must either possess authorization from the patient’s physician, or must be entered into an authorized database. The provider is only allowed to provide cannabis to the specified patient.