what are the medicinal marijuana laws in Washington state?

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V-Ronkz asked:

if I were to move to Washington and have medical care there, would a doctor be authorized to give me a prescription for medicinal marijuana as a for severe debilitating cramps? (I have vomited on several occasions from the severe pain) and I have been prescribed other medications in the past, but none of them work and I am worried about side effects of the pills.

2 comments on “what are the medicinal marijuana laws in Washington state?

  1. Paul G on

    There is more to pot than thc, the pills are thc – it’s like makeing bean soup,only you just eat the beans and leave the soup.

    from the NORMAL SITE:

    SUMMARY: Fifty-nine percent of voters approved Measure 692 on November 3, 1998. The law took effect on that day. It removes state-level criminal penalties on the use, possession and cultivation of marijuana by patients who possess “valid documentation” from their physician affirming that he or she suffers from a debilitating condition and that the “potential benefits of the medical use of marijuana would likely outweigh the health risks.” Patients diagnosed with the following illnesses are afforded legal protection under this act: cachexia; cancer; HIV or AIDS; epilepsy; glaucoma; intractable pain (defined as pain unrelieved by standard treatment or medications); and multiple sclerosis. Other conditions are subject to approval by the Washington Board of Health. Patients (or their primary caregivers) may legally possess or cultivate no more than a 60-day supply of marijuana. The law does not establish a state-run patient registry.

    AMENDMENTS: Yes.

    Senate Bill 6032, mandated the Department of Health to “adopt rules defining the quantity of marijuana that could reasonably be presumed to be a sixty-day supply for qualifying patients.” In October 2008, the department finalized guidelines allowing patients to cultivate up to 15 cannabis plants and/or possess up to 24 ounces of usable marijuana. The new limits took effect on November 2, 2008.

    Patients who possess larger quantities of cannabis than those approved by the Department will continue to receive legal protection under the law if they present evidence indicating that they require such amounts to adequately treat their qualifying medical condition.

    Senate Bill 6032 also affirmed changes previously recommended by the state’s Medical Quality Assurance Commission to expand the state’s list of qualifying conditions to include Crohn’s disease, hepatitis c, and any “diseases, including anorexia, which results in nausea, vomiting, wasting, appetite loss, cramping, seizures, muscle spasms, and/or spasticity, when these symptoms are unrelieved by standard treatments or medications.”

    It also limits the ability of police to seize medicinal cannabis that is “determined … [to be] possessed lawfully [by an authorized patients] under the … law.”

    MEDICAL MARIJUANA STATUTES: Medical Use of Marijuana Act, Wash. Rev. Code §69.51A.005 and Wash. Rev. Code §69.51A.010 through Wash. Rev. Code 69.51A.008 and Washington Rev. Code §69.51A.900 Through §6951A.902 (2007).

    CONTACT INFORMATION: Fact sheets outlining Washington’s medical marijuana law are available from:

    Washington State Department of Health
    1112 SE Quince St.
    P.O. Box 47890
    Olympia, WA 98504-7890
    (800) 525-0127 or (360) 236-4052
    Attention: Glenda Moore

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