How to Get a Medical Marijuana Card in WA

  • STEP 1:


    Book an appointment in Washington state so that you can see a medical marijuana doctor in WA through Veriheal at a time that is most convenient for you. Provide basic medical history and book your appointment with a licensed medical marijuana doctor. You will need medical records and the doctor(s) can approve any qualifying condition.

  • STEP 2:


    Consult with a doctor online for 15 mins to evaluate your ailments, and ask any questions you may have about medical marijuana treatment. After the appointment is complete, the doctor will fill out a recommendation form for medical marijuana and approve you. Once you have this you can then use that to apply to the state.

  • STEP 3:


    Once you are approved, you'll register with the state and submit an application. The state will process your application and notify you of your approval and mail your card. Once you have your card in hand, you can begin purchasing from dispensaries.

    In Washington, patients will need to re-certify their license annually by seeing a licensed physician again. Veriheal will get in touch with you when your certification is approaching its expiration to help you set up a renewal consultation.

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The Status of Cannabis in Washington

The legalization of marijuana came into force in December 2013. Washington at the time was the second state to legalize recreational cannabis. Total of 10 states have allowed marijuana use since 2014, while 33 have voted to allow for the selling and usage of medical marijuana.

Only cannabis patients in the authorization database, who have medical marijuana ID cards can purchase products free of sales and use taxes. Medical cards expire each year for adults, six months for minors, but some authorizing healthcare providers may specify an earlier expiration date.

Qualifying Conditions

Patients with terminal or debilitating medical conditions may benefit from the medicinal use of marijuana under the supervision of their health care practitioners.

Terminal or chronic medical condition means a condition sufficiently severe to substantially interfere with the everyday life and functional activities of the patient, which can be measured and evaluated objectively, and limited to the following:

  • Cancer, 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.

How do I become a medical marijuana patient in Washington State?

In order to become a medical marijuana patient in Washington State, you need to be a Washington citizen and make an appointment with your health care provider to see whether you qualify under Washington State law.

If your healthcare professional believes that the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes will help your medical condition, he or she should complete a medical marijuana authorization form for you.

Possession and Cultivation

Any adult aged 21 or older can purchase any combination of the following from a licensed retail marijuana store:

  • One ounce of usable marijuana
  • Sixteen ounces of marijuana-infused product in solid form
  • Seventy-two ounces of marijuana-infused product in liquid form, or
  • Seven grams of marijuana concentrate

Qualified patients and designated providers with a valid authorization form who choose not to be entered into the database may:

Purchase only the amounts allowed for non-patients.

Grow in their home:

  • Four plants for personal medical use, and
  • Possess up to six ounces of usable marijuana produced from their plants.

Note: Even if several eligible patients or approved providers live in the housing unit, no more than 15 plants can be grown or located in any one housing unit. The only exception to this is for cooperatives.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I become a medical marijuana patient?

In order to become a medical marijuana patient in Washington State, you need to be a Washington resident and make an appointment with your healthcare provider to see whether you qualify under Washington State law. If your healthcare professional believes that the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes will help your medical condition, he or she should complete a medical marijuana authorization form for you. You can get an appointment through Veriheal using the form at the top of this page.

Are there age restrictions to becoming a medical marijuana patient?

Health care professionals may allow marijuana to be used by any individual, regardless of age, provided that it is medically acceptable under the law. If a patient is under the age of 18, they will need to have a caregiver designated to them.

Where do I get a medical marijuana authorization form?

Once your healthcare practitioner identifies that you are qualified for Medical Marijuana, he/she will give you the form during your medical appointment. If you have a designated provider (caregiver), you will receive two medical marijuana licenses, one for you as a patient and one for your designated provider.

What is a designated provider?

A designated provider is a person who is aged 21 years or older. A parent or guardian of a qualified patient who is younger than 18 years of age; or who has been approved to purchase, supply, or cultivate marijuana (cannabis) by a qualified patient and is allowed by the medical practitioner of the patient. A designated provider can only serve one patient at any one time

How long is my medical marijuana authorization good for?

Under the current regulations, a license expires one (1) year after its issuance for a qualified individual aged eighteen (18) or older and an authorization expires six (6) months after it has been given to a qualified individual under the age of 18. Your healthcare provider determines the expiration dates depending on the medical schedule.

How do I get a medical marijuana card?

Once the patient receives a medical marijuana authorization from their health care practitioner, they may call nearby marijuana dispensaries here (link to Washington dispensaries) and schedule an appointment with a certified consultant. You must bring your medical marijuana authorization (and your designated provider’s authorization, if any) and a state-issued photo identification to the appointment.

What are the qualifying conditions to qualify as a medical marijuana patient in Washington?

Cancer, intractable pain, glaucoma, Crohn's disease with debilitating symptoms, Hepatitis C with debilitating nausea or intractable pain, diseases including anorexia, chronic renal failure requiring hemodialysis, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury.

Places to Visit in Washington After Enjoying Your Medicine

Washington State has many beautiful places to visit, from popular sights in Seattle to undiscovered islands, bays, and parks, and its natural world seems to be bigger than life. Every year, it draws millions of tourists, and those seeking real adventure can trek across the entire state via the Pacific Crest Trail, or discover the massive environments located in Washington's three acclaimed national parks.

Olympic National Park

Olympic National Park overflows with incomparable scenery from the ocean beaches to glacier mountaintops. The park occupies most of the Olympic Peninsula and roads only circle the park on US 101 with a scenic drive, never cutting through the mountainous heart of the park. The rugged western edge of the park, a few minutes ' drives away from the large trees and abundant foliage found on the Hoh-rain forest, defines iconic coastal areas like Ruby and Rialto Beach. The snowy Hurricane Ridge peaks and the warm waters of the Sol Duc Hot Springs are also popular tourist destinations.

The Olympic National Park hiking trails run through many different landscapes, including a Hall of Mosses and the family-friendly Marymere Falls. An absolute must-do hike for all ages, the Hoh River Trail explores the rainforest and river corridor with a flat path for 13 miles before ascending to the lateral moraine of Blue Glacier on Mount Olympus.


Seattle really does have an enormous variety of attractions that weekend tourists have to make some serious priority in order to make the most of every minute. Begin your tour at the Sky View Observatory or the Space Needle, both of which provide spectacular views of the city and nearby mountains and islands.

Museums function to fulfill both desires. The Wooden Boats Museum is perhaps one of the most interesting museums because it offers you the opportunity to set off into an ancient maritime craft and practice how to navigate, sail and restore. Many museums include the Living Computer Museum, the EMP Museum of Modern Culture, the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park and the Museum of History and Industry. Perhaps the most fascinating of all is the Museum of Flight, home to 160 iconic aircraft including a real Concord and a Space Shuttle Simulator. You can also visit the Seattle Art Museum and the Chihuly Garden and Glass Show, which is truly fascinating. Foodies are overwhelmed by the variety of choices offered with a range of amazing food tours to satisfy just about every palate.


Spokane promises a diverse range of weekend travel experiences, including many outdoor activities as well as a significant but selective number of cultural activities. Located in the heart of Spokane, Riverfront Park covers more than 100 acres and includes the stunning Spokane Falls. From the Spokane Falls Skyride, you can enjoy visiting all of the park attractions on foot or get a fantastic aerial view. Outdoor enthusiasts should make their way to the John A. Finch Arboretum to experience a spectacular display of trees and shrubs or explore Manito Park in the middle of lush landscaped gardens, which contains a conservatory filled with tropical plants. In Riverside State Park, tourists can tackle the 40-mile paved Centennial Trail along the beautiful Spokane River.

Thrill-seekers will experience a spectacular zip line ride with Mica Moon Zip Tours, or try their hand at white-water rafting along an incredible 8-mile stretch of the Spokane River with the ROW Ride Center. During the winter, Mount Spokane Ski and Snowboard Park become a hive of activity. The Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture (MAC) is an impressive museum featuring five underground galleries and an outdoor amphitheater.

Data last updated 05/14/2020

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