Are current medical marijuana recommendations still valid with the passing of I-502?Yes. The laws relating to authorization of medical marijuana by healthcare providers are still valid and enforceable.
Will the passing of I-502 affect the amount of medical marijuana that authorized patients can possess?No. The current medical marijuana law allows authorized patients to possess 24 ounces of useable cannabis, instead of just one ounce allowed in I-502.
Will medical marijuana patients still be able to grow their own marijuana without a license to grow?Yes. The current medical marijuana law allows authorized patients to grow up to 15 plants.
Is medical marijuana (cannabis) legal in Washington? I've heard conflicting answers to this question.Some states may allow use of a medical marijuana recommendation from Washington. Washington medical marijuana patients should check with other states before traveling and comply with the laws in the other state. Healthcare provider recommendations, ID cards, and other documentation from other states are not legal in Washington.
guidelines for federal prosecutors in states that have laws allowing the use of medical marijuana (cannabis). The guidelines do not legalize medical marijuana (cannabis). The president directed federal prosecutors to consider appropriate medical use when making criminal charging decisions. The guidelines only provide direction for prosecutors when reviewing medical marijuana (cannabis) cases.
qualifying conditions you must have before a doctor, physician assistant, advanced registered nurse practitioner, or naturopath can recommend medical marijuana (cannabis). In addition to those conditions in the law, chronic renal failure was added by petition in 2010.
- Medical doctors (MDs)
- Physician assistants (PAs)
- Osteopathic physicians (DOs)
- Osteopathic physician assistants (OA)
- Naturopathic physicians (ND)
- Advanced registered nurse practitioners (ARNPs)
Is my recommendation still valid if it was written before June 10, 2010?Yes. It is still valid unless your healthcare provider has included an expiration date.
RCW 69.51A.040. The law says that a patient may exceed these limits if he or she can prove medical need. However, the law only allows for an affirmative defense (and not protection from arrest or prosecution) if the limit is exceeded and the patient is complying with the law.
Chapter 69.51A sets limitations on becoming a designated provider and ending a relationship as a designated provider.
Medical Quality Assurance Commission
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Olympia, WA 98504-7866