Washington’s Medical Marijuana Rules

Washington’s Medical Marijuana Rules

Always check with an attorney about Medical Marijuana use, but the general guidelines about the Medical Marijuana restrictions in the state of Washington are outlined below.

What is the number of plants allowed?

The state of Washington does allow you to possess up to 24 ounces of dried, ready to use marijuana for medically approved conditions. In addition, you can also have up to 15 plants being cultivated at the same time.  

What are the medical conditions covered under the laws?

Conditions approved for Medical Marijuana use include but are not limited to: 

  • Glaucoma
  • Cancer
  • HIV
  • AIDS
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Hepatitis C
  • Cachexia
  • Other conditions as approved by the state's Board of Health.
Resources:  Medical Marijuana in Seattle

What are the legal protections?

Related: News about the Medical Marijuana bill in the state of Washington

The state issues cultivation registration for patients for whom it is a financial hardship to get to nearby medical facilities for treatment of qualifying conditions. In addition, if you have a qualifying medical condition for the use of Medical Marijuana and are caught in possession of it, you are allowed by law to use the defense that the Marijuana is medically necessary for your condition. You must provide evidence of the condition as well as a physician's recommendation for Medical Marijuana use. 

Final thoughts:  While Washington State does allow for the use of Medical Marijuana, it is important to comply with the rules regarding registration, possession and cultivation as not doing so could cost you the right to use. 

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