A Step-By-Step Guide to Getting Your Medical Card in Washington

Washington state has been at the forefront of cannabis legalization for decades, with countless people every year registering for the state’s medical marijuana program. If you’re interested in getting your own Washington medical marijuana card, we’re here to show you how. Here are just three steps you need to follow:

  1. Meet with a licensed physician 
  2. Receive a medical marijuana authorization form
  3. Go to a medically-endorsed store, meet a certified consultant, and start shopping!
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How To Get a Washington Medical Marijuana Card

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Who Can Get a Medical Card in Washington?

To get a medical marijuana card in Washington, you have to be an in-state resident and receive an authorization form from a qualified professional stating you have an eligible condition that may benefit from medical marijuana consumption. 

What Are the Qualifying Conditions for Medical Cannabis in Washington?

The qualifying conditions for a medical marijuana card in Washington are:

  • 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-To Steps for Getting an MMJ Card in Washington

1: Meet With a Licensed Physician

To get an MMJ card in the Evergreen State, you have to first meet with a licensed physician who is qualified to evaluate you for medical marijuana use. 

2: Receive a Medical Marijuana Authorization Form

If your doctor finds that you do qualify for medical cannabis consumption, they will fill out and provide you with a medical marijuana authorization form that confirms your need for an MMJ card. Hold on to this! 

3: Go to a Medically-Endorsed Store, Meet With a Certified Consultant, and Start Shopping!

Once you have received your authorization form, you can head over to one of the state’s medically-endorsed stores to meet with a certified consultant. (You will have to make an appointment.) Here, your Certified Consultant will:

  • Review the authorization for completeness and accuracy
  • Compare the information to your state identification
  • Take a photo of your face and designated provider (if any)
  • Enter your patient information and upload the photo into the medical marijuana authorization database
  • Generate, print, and laminate the medical marijuana card
  • Return the authorization, identification, and medical marijuana card to you

From here, you’re all set to start shopping for medical cannabis in Washington state.