Medical Cannabis has been used in treating or alleviating the pain, nausea, and other symptoms associated with a variety of debilitating medical conditions.
Unfortunately, many individuals who may benefit from Medical Cannabis are either uncertain or unaware of how to obtain access to it.
At Mora Mota Group, we're posting a FAQ list that can help provide insight into the Washington Medical Marijuana Program.
Frequently Asked Questions
+ What is the WMMP?
The Washington Medical Marijuana Program (WMMP) is a state patient registration program that went into effect on November 3, 1998.
+ Why was the WMMP Established?
The Department of Health, under the Cannabis Patient Protection Act, adopted rules for a medical marijuana authorization database, training and certification of medical marijuana consultants, and product compliance.
+ How do I register for the WMMP?
To become a registered patient, a person must make an appointment with a health care practitioner that may authorize the use of marijuana for any patient as long as it's medically appropriate under the and the profession's standard of care.
+ What are the qualifying medical conditions?
A patient must be diagnosed by a qualifying medical professional for one of the following conditions:
- Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)
- Multiple sclerosis
- Epilepsy or other seizure disorder, or spasticity disorders.
- Intractable pain (limited for the purpose of this chapter to mean pain unrelieved by standard medical treatments and medications)
- Glaucoma, either acute or chronic (limited for the purpose of this chapter to mean increased intraocular pressure unrelieved by standard treatments and medications)
- Crohn's disease with debilitating symptoms unrelieved by standard treatments or medications.
- Hepatitis C with debilitating nausea or intractable pain unrelieved by standard treatments or medications.
- Diseases, including anorexia, which result in:
- Nausea, vomiting, wasting, appetite loss, cramping, seizures, muscle spasms, or spasticity, when these symptoms are unrelieved by standard treatments or medications.
- Chronic renal failure requiring hemodialysis.
- Posttraumatic stress disorder.
- Traumatic brain injury
+ Who are the qualified medical professionals?
Qualifying patients who believe they would benefit from the use of marijuana do not need to go to a specialty clinic and pay for an authorization. The state law that went into full effect on July 1, 2016, requires all medical practices that are primarily providing medical marijuana authorizations to either increase the variety of medical services within their practice or close down
- Physician (M.D. or D.O.)
- Physician Assistant (P.A.)
- Osteopathic physician assistant (DOA)
- Naturopathic Physician (N.D.)
- Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN)
It is recommended that patients start with their general practitioner or the specialist they are seeing for their qualifying condition to discuss the use of marijuana as a form of treatment.
+ What WMMP Applications and Forms am I required to submit?
Once a patient receives an authorization for the medical use of marijuana, the patient keeps their authorization (do not send a copy to the Department of Health); with their authorization, a patient may grow four plants.
Medical marijuana patients with a valid authorization form from their healthcare practitioner may join the medical marijuana authorization database and receive their medical marijuana recognition card.
How to Join the Database
- Take your authorization form to any licensed and medically endorsed retail marijuana store.
- Ask to see the certified medical marijuana consultant on staff who is trained in working with authorized medical marijuana patients.
- Give the consultant your authorization form so that he or she can enter your information into the database, take your picture, and create a new medical marijuana recognition card.
- Pay a $1 fee required from cardholders when their card is created. The medically endorsed store collects the fee and pays it to the Department of Health.
+ How much cannabis can I posses while registered under the WMMP?
Qualified patients and designated providers with a valid authorization form who choose not to be entered into the database may purchase the amounts allowed for non-patients under the law, or grow in their homes four plants for personal medical use (and possess up to six ounces of usable marijuana produced from their plants).
Qualified patients and designated providers who are entered into the database may legally purchase sales-tax free any combination of the following from a licensed marijuana store with a medical endorsement:
- Three ounces of usable marijuana
- Forty-eight ounces of marijuana-infused product in solid form
- Two hundred sixteen ounces of marijuana-infused product in liquid form or
- Twenty-one grams of marijuana concentrate
Grow in their home or as a member of a cooperative:
- Six plants for personal medical use, and
- Possess up to eight ounces of usable marijuana produced from their plants.
+ What about Designated Providers Registered under the WMMP?
Medical marijuana patients may designate on their medical marijuana authorization form someone to purchase their marijuana product and/or grow the marijuana for them. The designated provider will also receive an exact copy of the form printed on tamper-proof paper.
To be a designated provider for a qualifying medical marijuana patient, the person must be:
- Twenty-one years of age or older;
- Named on the patient's medical marijuana authorization form.
- Have a fully completed form also printed on tamper-resistant paper (the patient signs his or her copy of the authorization form, and the designated provider signs his or her own copy).
- Entered into the medical marijuana database and have a designated provider recognition card, if the patient chooses to be entered into the database.
+ Where can I get more Information?
You may access the DOH website here.