The Washington medical cannabis program recognizes 12 medical conditions as qualifying for medical marijuana treatment. These include 11 specific debilitating illnesses and any disease causing one or more of eight defined symptomatic outcomes.
In the State of Washington, patients applying for a medical marijuana card must be diagnosed with one or more of the following qualifying medical conditions:
Yes. Washington’s medical cannabis law has a provision for adding new qualifying conditions to the state’s medical marijuana program. The state previously accepted petitions from members of the public suggesting new qualifying conditions. These petitions were reviewed by the state’s Medical Quality Assurance Commission and the Board of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery. However, on July 24, 2015, Washington abolished the petition system. The only way to add a new qualifying condition to the state’s medical marijuana program is through an act of legislation.
No. Eligible healthcare practitioners can only recommend medical cannabis for qualifying conditions listed in Washington’s medical cannabis law.
Yes. Washington requires anyone applying for its medical cannabis card to obtain a medical cannabis authorization from an eligible medical practitioner. To be valid, this authorization must be provided by a medical practitioner who has a patient-practitioner relationship with the patient they are recommending for medical cannabis use. The completed and signed medical cannabis authorization form must also be printed on tamper-resistant paper. Washington allows the following medical practitioners to authorize the use of cannabis to their patients:
The State of Washington issues its medical cannabis card to both adults and minors diagnosed with qualifying medical conditions and with valid authorization forms recommending medical cannabis use. Minors need the consents of their parents or legal guardians to join the state’s medical cannabis program. However, Washington does not issue cannabis cards to visitors or non-residents.