Washington Medical Marijuana Card Laws
June 17, 2016

Washington Medical Marijuana Card
Washington is the only state with no medical marijuana patient registry, as per Chapter 69.51A RCW. However, on July 01, 2016, the Cannabis Protection Act will go into full effect, upon which a voluntary state patient authorization database will be instituted. Qualified patients who choose to register with the Medical Marijuana Authorization Database, will be issued a recognition card, also known as a cannabis I.D. card or medical marijuana card.

For purposes of the Department of Health, and law enforcement, the medical marijuana recognition card serves to identify those patients who are exempt from Washington criminal and civil penalties, for conduct pursuant to the medical use of marijuana.


As per the Washington’s Department of Health, the following outline serves as a guide on how to register for a medical marijuana card:

  1. Patients must be a resident in the state of Washington with proof of residency. If you do not have a Washington I.D. an out of state I.D., passport, or other photo I.D. with proof of residency such as bank statement, utility bill, etc is acceptable.
  2. Patients must be at least 21 years of age.
  3. Patients are required to obtain legitimate medical records or documentation from their primary care physician describing the diagnosis of their qualifying condition —
  4. Patients are required to obtain a signed Physician’s Statement from a physician, currently licensed to practice medicine in Washington  — *Find a certified 
  5. To qualify, a patient needs to be diagnosed by a physician as having one of the following debilitating medical conditions that is specifically identified in the law:
    • cachexia; cancer; HIV/AIDS; epilepsy; glaucoma; intractable pain, defined as pain unrelieved by standard treatment or medications; multiple sclerosis; or other conditions subject to the approval of the Washington Board of Health.
    • * Crohn’s disease; Hepatitis C with debilitating nausea or intractable pain, or diseases, including anorexia, which result in nausea; vomiting; wasting; appetite loss; cramping; seizures; muscle spasms; or spasticity; when those conditions are unrelieved by standard treatments or medications, to the list of qualifying medical conditions — effective November 02, 2008.
    • * Chronic renal failure — effective August 31, 2010.
    • * Post-traumatic stress disorder, and traumatic brain injury — effective July 24, 2015.
  6. Once certified, patients may choose to voluntarily register with the state authorization database — effective July 01, 2016. Qualified patients choosing to register with the authorization database, will ensured legal protection from arrest and prosecution, in addition to a tax break as medical marijuana is sale tax free. Individuals who choose to register, will receive a recognition I.D. card.
  7. To register, a patient MUST have a Medical Marijuana Authorization Form completed by the authorizing health care practitioner.
  8. *Please note: All applications MUST be printed single-sided, on 8.5 x 11 tamper-resistant paper.
  9. To contact the Washington DOH:

Washington Department of Health
Medical Marijuana Program
PO Box 47852
Olympia, WA 98504-7866
Phone: 360-236-4819
Fax: 360-236-2901
Email: MedicalMarijuana@doh.wa.gov