Here are some important changes to Washington’s Medical Cannabis Law:
- The law allows for Qualifying Patients to participate in collective gardens for growing Medical Marijuana for up to ten patients at a time as long as there are no more than a total of 45 plants or 15 plants for any one patients, but the garden cannot have more than 72 oz of useable Marijuana total or 24 oz for any one patient.
- A parent cannot lose visitation time with their children for using Medical Marijuana.
- The law does not make an exception to the Drug Free Work Place rule. You can still be fired if you test positive for marijuana even though you have a Medical Marijuana recommendation from your doctor.
- Makes displaying Medical Marijuana open to the public a Civil Infraction.
- Does not require insurance providers to cover Medical Marijuana costs.
- Protection from arrest and prosecution for using Medical Marijuana does not apply if you are operating a motor vehicle.
- Gives Counties, Towns and Cities the ability to adopt and enforce zoning requirements, licensing requirements, business taxes and health & safety requirements relating to growing or dispensing Medical Marijuana.
- If you are on probation you cannot use the affirmative defense in this law to prevent a supervision revocation or violation hearing.
The Governor vetoed the section of the new law that allowed for Medical Cannabis Dispensaries. So the law regarding the selling or delivery is still up in the air and you should contact competent legal advice before proceeding either buying or selling Medical Marijuana from a “Dispensary”.
You must have a recommendation from a Washington State Medical Professional listed below and posses a Washington State Medical Marijuana registration to lawfully possess marijuana. The Governor Vetoed the section of the new law that would allow someone with a Medical Marijuana recommendation from out of state to legally possess Medical Marijuana.
The Governor also vetoed the section of the new law that would prevent someone from being denied housing for using Medical Marijuana.
The new law signed by the Governor appears here.