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Medical Cannabis

Medical Cannabis Authorization

   Source: WA Dept. of Health

Medical Marijuana Authorization Database

Starting July 1, 2016, medical marijuana patients with a valid Medical Cannabis Authorization Form may join the Medical Marijuana Authorization Database and receive their medical marijuana recognition card.

Benefits of the Recognition Card

Joining the authorization database is voluntary and isn't required in order to be a medical marijuana patient. However, the medical marijuana recognition card affords the patient many benefits. A recognition card holder may:


  • Purchase products at the medically endorsed retail stores sales tax free.
  • Purchase up to three times the current limits at licensed retail stores with a medical marijuana endorsement.
  • Purchase high-THC products.
  • Possess six plants and eight ounces of usable marijuana. A healthcare practitioner may authorize additional plants to a maximum of 15; a patient so authorized may posses up to 16 ounces of usable marijuana produced from their plants (see RCW 69.51A.210).
  • Participate in a medical marijuana cooperative garden (see RCW 69.51A.250).
  • Have arrest protection (see RCW 69.51A.040).


Authorized Patients Not Entered into the Database

Patients and designated providers who hold valid authorizations but aren't entered into the database may purchase only in accordance with the laws and rules for non-patients. They will have an affirmative defense to criminal prosecution if they possess no more than four plants and six ounces of usable marijuana. 

How to Join the Database

Take your authorization form to any licensed and medically endorsed retail marijuana store (see list of Marijuana License Applicants).
Ask to see the certified Medical Marijuana Consultant on staff who is trained in working with authorized medical marijuana patients.
Give the consultant your authorization form so that he or she can enter your information into the database, take your picture, and create a new Medical Marijuana Recognition Card.

Who Can Access the Database

The Medical Marijuana Authorization Database is a secure system that has limited accessibility. Only the following people can see information from the database:


  • Certified Medical Marijuana Consultants
  • Can add patient information from the authorization form and verify if the patient's card is valid.
  • Employees of a Medically Endorsement Store
  • Can only verify that a card is valid.
  • Healthcare Practitioners
  • May only access their authorized patients' healthcare information from the database.
  • Law Enforcement
  • May only verify that a card is valid.
  • Recognition Card Holders
  • May learn who has accessed their healthcare information.
  • Washington State Department of Health
  • Will access the database to troubleshoot issues, help store employees with registration, and collect non-identifiable aggregate data.
  • Washington State Department of Revenue
  • Can access the database to verify sales tax free purchases through non-identifiable data.
  • Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board
  • May only verify that a card is valid

Medical Marijuana
Possession Amounts
- Any adult aged 21 or older

Can purchase any combination of the following from a licensed retail marijuana store:

  • One ounce of usable marijuana
  • Sixteen ounces of marijuana-infused product in solid form
  • Seventy-two ounces of marijuana-infused product in liquid form, or
  • Seven grams of marijuana concentrate


Qualified patients and designated providers
Until July 1, 2016:

Under state law, qualified patients and designated providers have an affirmative defense to criminal prosecution as long as the patient or designated provider has completed a valid medical cannabis authorization form and complies with the legal amounts allowed to possess and grow — up to 15 plants and 24 ounces of usable marijuana.

Now in effect as of July 1st, 2016:
The possession amounts  have changed and will depend on whether the patient or designated provider is entered into the medical cannabis database.

Qualified patients and designated providers who are entered into the database may legally:
Purchase:

The patient or designated provider may purchase sales-tax free any combination of the following from a licensed retail store with a medical endorsement:

  • 3 ounces of usable marijuana
  • 48 ounces of marijuana-infused product in solid form
  • 216 ounces of marijuana-infused product in liquid form or
  • 21 grams of cannabis concentrate


Grow:

The patient or designated provider may also grow in their home or as a member of a cooperative:

  • 6 plants for personal medical use, and
  • Possess up to 8 ounces of usable marijuana produced from their plants.


Exception:

If the patient's healthcare practitioner determines the patient requires more than the presumptive amount, they may authorize:

  • Up to 15 plants for personal medical use, and
  • A person so authorized may possess 16 ounces of usable marijuana produced from their plants.


Note: As of July 24, 2015, no more than 15 plants may be grown or located in any one housing unit even if multiple qualifying patients or designated providers reside in the housing unit. The only exception will be for cooperative gardens established under SB 5052 after July 1, 2016.

Qualified patients and designated providers who are not entered into the database may: 
Purchase:

  • Patients and designated providers who have a valid authorization but aren't entered into the database may purchase only the amounts allowed for non-patients.


Grow:
The patient or designated provider may grow in their home:

  • Four plants for personal medical use, and
  • Possess up to six ounces of usable marijuana produced from their plants. 


Note: Patients and designated providers who aren't entered into the database are limited to four plants and six ounces of usable marijuana even if a higher number of plants is indicated on their authorization.

Patients and designated providers who aren't entered into the database have only an affirmative defense to criminal prosecution. 

               

                                                                                                                 Source: WA Dept. of Health



THIS DOES NOT CONSTITUTE LEGAL ADVICE, PLEASE CONTACT A LEGAL PROFESSION FOR LEGAL ADVICE.

New Medical Cannabis law now in effect, WA Dept. of Health database operational

The medical cannabis database is operational and it is the patient's decision to register or not (unless under 21 years old then registration is required). The database is necessary to produce medical cannabis recognition cards at licensed medical cannabis stores (retail marijuana locations that hold a medical cannabis endorsement). Patients must take their authorization form to a licensed medical cannabis store to receive their recognition card. Cost for recognition card is $1.


Patients and designated providers who are entered into the medical marijuana authorization database, will receive a recognition card which will entitle the patient to additional rights and protectionsunder SB 5052 (Please Read: Washington State Constitution, art. I, § 12). Those "additional rights and protections" include legal authority for patients and designated providers age 21 and older to:

  • Purchase products sales-tax free;
  • Purchase up to three times the current retail legal limit for recreational users; 
  • Grow up to 15 plants if authorized by their healthcare practitioner;
  • Form or join a Cooperative Garden with up to three other authorized patients;
  • Have full protection from arrest, prosecution, and legal penalties. 
  • Purchase high-THC infused products.


Under the new medical cannabis law, if you are not entered into the database you will NOT be able to:

  • Purchase products sales-tax free.
  • Purchase up to three times the current legal limit for recreational (retail) users.
  • Purchase high-THC infused products.
  • Grow more than four plants in your residence.
  • Nor be able to form or join a Cooperative arden.
  • Have full protection from arrest, prosecution, and legal penalties, although patients will still have an affirmative defense.


Patients and designated providers who hold valid authorizations but aren't entered into the database will have an affirmative defense to criminal prosecution ifthey possess no more than four plants and six ounces of usable marijuana. They may purchase only in accordance with the laws and rules for non-patients (Again, Please Read: Washington State Constitution, art. I, § 12).



Medical Cannabis - Qualifying Conditions

Under Section 16 of the Cannabis Patient Protection Act, the legislature finds that there is medical evidence that some patients with terminal or debilitating medical conditions may, under their healthcare professional's care, benefit from the medical use of cannabis.

Some of the conditions for which marijuana appears to be beneficial include, but aren't limited to:

  • Nausea, vomiting, and cachexia associated with cancer, HIV-positive status, AIDS, hepatitis C, anorexia, and their treatments;
  • Severe muscle spasms associated with multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, and other seizure and spasticity disorders;
  • Acute or chronic glaucoma;
  • Crohn's disease; and
  • Some forms of intractable pain.


Humanitarian compassion necessitates that the decision to use cannabis by patients with terminal or debilitating medical conditions is a personal, individual decision, based upon their healthcare professional's professional medical judgment and discretion.


The new Medical Marijuana Regulation Bill (PDF) went into full effect July 1, 2016, integrating the medical cannabis market with the current retail marijuana market.

Primary Goals

  • Clarify what is meant by the medical use of cannabis.
  • Better protect qualifying patients by regulating medical cannabis products to ensure a safe, adequate, and consistent supply.
  • Allow for tax breaks for medical cannabis patients who are entered into the authorization database.
  • Provide protection from arrest and prosecution for medical cannabis patients who are entered into the authorization database.