How does a Caregiver Apply for a Medical Marijuana Card in Washington?
In Washington, the Medical Cannabis State Law – chapter 69.51A RCW allows medical cannabis patients to appoint caregivers. These caregivers will assist patients in buying, storing, and using medical marijuana. Active patients can be caregivers.
Caregivers must have only one patient at a time and must not use the patient's medicine. Parents or legal guardians must also serve as caregivers for minors that require medical marijuana treatment. All aspiring caregivers must meet the following requirements:
- Must be 21 years of age or above;
- Must live in Washington;
- Must register with the Department of Health;
- Must have no conviction records for drug-related crimes.
To become a designated caregiver, the individual must follow these steps:
- Agree to help a qualifying patient purchase, grow, store, and use medical cannabis. The patient must have a registered physician's certification.
- The patient must visit a state-approved medical marijuana store to get a medical marijuana card.
- While applying, the patient must list the caregiver's name on the application form.
- The patient will obtain MMJ cards for themselves and the caregiver. The caregiver must keep their MMJ card with them at all times.