Only healthcare practitioners licensed in Washington can recommend qualifying patients for medical marijuana and issue medical cannabis authorization forms in the state. The state does not keep an official list of medical marijuana doctors. However, patients with eligible conditions can discuss the possibility of medical cannabis therapy with their physicians.
Yes. In Washington, patients need to see medical practitioners to determine whether their medical conditions qualify for medical marijuana treatment before joining the state's Medical Cannabis Program. Regardless of age, once a Washington medical marijuana doctor determines that a patient qualifies for cannabis therapy, the patient will be issued a medical cannabis authorization form.
Healthcare practitioners licensed under Chapters 18.71, 18.71A, 18.57, 18.57A, 18.36A, and 18.79 of the Revised Code of Washington can authorize medical cannabis use in the state. They include the following:
No, the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) does not have a list of medical marijuana doctors in the state.
Discussing the use of marijuana as a form of treatment with physicians who are already treating patients for their qualifying conditions is a good day to find medical marijuana doctors in Washington.
Yes, the appointment with a Washington medical marijuana doctor may happen online, but only after the healthcare practitioner has had an in-person consultation with the patient. Generally, Washington law mandates physical examinations of qualifying patients by marijuana doctors when issuing patients' initial authorization for medical cannabis. However, patients who are eligible for compassionate care renewal can obtain authorization from medical marijuana doctors via telemedicine services when renewing their Washington medical cannabis recognition cards. With telemedicine services, cannabis patients can have improved access to their physicians and may be relieved of the additional financial expenses associated with in-person medical appointments.
Qualified medical cannabis patients with valid authorization from Washington medical marijuana doctors who choose not to be entered into the medical cannabis database may purchase any combination of the following:
Patients who have healthcare practitioners' authorization for medical marijuana treatment who are entered into the Washington medical cannabis database may purchase any combination of the following: