Medical Marijuana Law Washington


Washington Laws


Back in 1998 the state of Washington voted in favor of allowing the compassionate use of medical marijuana by qualified patients. Medical marijuana patients in Washington are allowed to possess, use and cultivate their own medication. Any person diagnosed with one of the following conditions qualifies for a medical marijuana prescription:

  • ADHD
  • Anorexia
  • Cachexia
  • Cancer
  • Crohn's Disease
  • Epilepsy
  • Glaucoma
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Severe and chronic pain
  • Note: The Washington Board of Health may allow individuals to obtain a medical marijuana card for conditions not listed above.


    Washington's medical marijuana program allows patients and their primary caregivers to possess up to 24 ounces of marijuana and grow a maximum of 15 plants. The Department of Health may permit certain individuals to grow/possess more than those amounts, on an as-needed basis. A caregiver must be at least 18 years of age and are only allowed to grow marijuana for one patient at a time. Washington law states that the caregiver is prohibited from consuming any of the cannabis that he/she grows for patients.

    For more information pertaining to the medical marijuana program in Washington, please contact the following agency at:

  • Washington State Department of Health
  • 101 Israel Road SE
  • Tumwater, WA 98501
  • (800)-525-0127
  • ATTN: Glenda Moore

    Washington, along with Colorado, became one of the first states to approve the recreational use of marijuana by adults. In the Evergreen State individuals are allowed to possess up to 1 ounce of marijuana for personal use, with no repercussions. They must ingest the weed in private, just like alcohol. Public display of either ingesting the marijuana or it just being visible will result in a civil penalty and a $100 fine. Possession of 1 ounce to 40 grams is a misdemeanor that can result in anywhere from 24 hours in jail to 90 days and a $1,000 fine. Over 40 grams is a felony that holds a maximum of 5 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

    Sale or distribution of any amount of marijuana in Washington is an automatic felony, punishable by up to 5 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. Sale of any amount to a minor who is at least 3 years younger than the seller is also a felony with up to 10 years in prison and also with a $10,000 fine.

    Cultivation of any amount will result in a felony offense with up to 5 years behind bars and a $10,000 fine. Possession of less than 40 grams of hash or concentrates is a misdemeanor charge that is punishable by a maximum of 1 day in jail and a $250 fine. Possession of 40 grams or more of hash or concentrates, however, is a felony offense that can result in 5 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. Manufacture of, sale, delivery, or possession with intent to distribute hash or concentrates is a felony with up to 5 years in prison and $10,000 in fines to pay.

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    Guest | Jul 9, 2013
    Alcohol and cigarettes kill people. Marijuana does not! allen, I feel your pain. I am stuck in Idaho, which I will bet is a worse shit-hole than Az. This is one state that will be the last to implement mmj. When the fact is that the only thing criminal about marijuana are the laws against it. Because as marijuana laws stand now, all they do is make criminals out of people who are not criminals, and that is what is criminal!
    Guest | Dec 12, 2012
    Yes it is now legal to use pot recreationally in WA state. They probably don't want us growing (does not apply to MMJ) it at home because it's all about the revenue the state will make on retail weed. It's going to take about a year before the retail stores appear.
    Guest | Nov 9, 2012
    as of Novenmber 5th 2012 it is now legal to possess Marijuana in the state of Washington (well until Dec 3rd that is)and Colorado, but you still can't grow it in your own home :/
    Jordan Does It | Sep 12, 2012
    After reviewing all the other State Laws, I feel very fortunate to have my recommendation in Washington State!
    allen | Apr 25, 2012
    ya Washington State is grate and im stuck in this shit hole az.
    Guest | Dec 26, 2011
    2011 Washington approved collective gardens allowing up to 10 patients with a 45 plant limit. I am all for legalizing it just like alcohol.
    Guest | Oct 16, 2011
    @CannabisGril Did your Aunt visit every neighborhood in Washington State. Can't really talk crap about an entire state based on a 6 month stay. I was Born and raised here in Seattle and loving it. If you love hot and sunny weather you probably shouldn't come here. But really, who doesn't know that it rains a lot in Washington state?
    chronic sufferer | Jun 10, 2011
    What a good thing that over half of the residents(or at least those who voted) agree it is okay to use mmj. I wonder how many of the non voters agree as well. But anyway this is a sign that more and more people are agreeing that is has great value. I wish we knew how many of total Americans agree that it is great.
    lindzzz | May 29, 2011
    Nice to see that about 60% of voters in Washington agree that people should be allowed safe access. I wonder how they would establish what a 60-day supply is for different people. Everyone has such a different tolerance and need, I guess they would just need to take your word for it.
    CannabisGril | Mar 21, 2011
    My aunt lived here 6 months and now she lives down the road from me because she hated it so much there