A Guide to Washington's Medical Marijuana Law

News Release: 
Friday, June 4, 2010

Washington voters passed the Medical Use of Marijuana Act in 1998 as a ballot initiative (I-692), and the Washington Legislature amended the Act in 2007 with SB 6032, in 2010 with SB 5798, in 2011 with SB 5073, and in 2015 SB 5052.   

Patients with terminal or debilitating medical conditions, and their friends, families, providers and health care professionals should take time to understand this law. There were significant changes made to the law in 2015 with a variety of changes going into effect on July 24, 2015 and July 1, 2016. The law is codified in Chapter 69.51A of the Revised Code of Washington. The Department of Health has created a website which provides up to date information on Washington’s medical marijuana law, as well as an FAQ page that answers common questions.

The Department of Health also has an FAQ page for healthcare providers who may have questions about recent changes to the law.

For legal advice on how the act applies to you personally, you should speak with an attorney who is familiar with this law.