Medical Marijuana Patients Network
I-502 authorizes the sale of marijuana in Washington State by retailers licensed through the Liquor Control Board. The rules implementing the initiative will not be completed for about one year. You can find information about the implementation of I-502 on the Washington State Liquor Control Board's website. The initiative does not amend or repeal the medical marijuana laws (chapter 69.51A RCW) in any way. The laws relating to authorization of medical marijuana by healthcare providers are still valid and enforceable. Some additional information about I-502 and the current medical marijuana laws is available in our frequently asked questions.
In 2011, the legislature changed the requirements for providing medical marijuana (cannabis) recommendations to qualifying patients by passingESSB5073. The Department of Health has received several reports and complaints about healthcare providers inappropriately recommending medical marijuana (cannabis) or not following the requirements established in law. In an effort to ensure that all healthcare providers are familiar with the law and follow requirements and practice standards when recommending medical marijuana (cannabis), we've developed a list of frequently asked questions focused on providers. More information for providers on the medical cannabis law is online.