In order to be a medical marijuana patient in the state of Washington, you must get a Medical Marijuana Authorization form from a healthcare practitioner who is allowed to authorize marijuana for medical purposes.
Once you have your authorization, you or your designated care-giver may opt to come into the shop and one of our certified consultants can add you to the state database and create a medical marijuana card. It typically takes about 20 minutes to create the laminated card for your first visit, so please allow extra time.
The Medical Marijuana Card allows you purchase up to three times as much as a recreational customer and allows us to waive your state sales tax.
In accordance with the July 23, 2017 law, authorized patients and designated providers may purchase immature plants, clones or seeds from a licensed grower (not a retailer).
how to obtain a card
The decision to use marijuana for medical purposes is best made between the patient and their health care practitioner. Current regulations define a qualifying patient as someone who is a Washington resident, who has been diagnosed with a qualifying condition and has a medical marijuana authorization from their health care practitioner – RCW 69.51A.010.
The general process to becoming a medical marijuana patient in Washington is outlined below:
- Step 1: Schedule an appointment with your health care practitioner.
- Step 2: Obtain a medical marijuana authorization from your practitioner.
- Step 3: Visit a medically-endorsed store to get a medical marijuana card.
- Step 4: Use the card to purchase products sales tax free.
- Step 5: Repeat steps 1 – 4 to renew both the medical marijuana authorization and card before expiration.
For additional information and resources, see the program’s Frequently Asked Questions webpage for common questions asked by other patients.
Contact and Connect
Email: MedicalMarijuana@doh.wa.gov | Phone: 360-236-4819
For more information, visit The Washington State Department of Health.