Article by Nichole Choice
The Evergreen state of Washington is home to approximately 138,056 medical marijuana patients, according to ProCon.org. What were the steps these individuals took to obtain patient status, and what are the real benefits to getting authorized?
First, you must be a resident of the state of Washington with valid proof of residence. You must be age 21 or older, and you must have been diagnosed with a qualifying medical condition. An official list of the current qualifying conditions can be found on the Washington State Department of Health official website.
Next, obtain your medical records describing your condition from your primary care physician. You will need to bring them to your evaluation with a certified medical marijuana physician.
Now here’s where things get interesting: upon certification, you have the option to register with the state patient authorization database. During the summer of 2016, the state of Washington merged the medicinal field with the recreational market. So, upon authorization, should one choose to register with the state, the patient receives a tax break, and can possess three times the amount non-registered patients are allowed. Registrants also receive legal insurance for protection against arrest, as well as a recognition identification card.