In 1998 Washington State Voters passed Washington Initiative 692. This created an affirmative defense for medical "marijuana" patients in Washington State.


Patients are required to have their primary care doctor, specialist, or medical professional fill out this authorization form on tamper proof paper.


RCW 69.51A.010 Contains the following language regarding approved medical conditions.

"Terminal or debilitating medical condition" means a condition severe enough to significantly interfere with the patient's activities of daily living and ability to function, which can be objectively assessed and evaluated and limited to the following:
(a) Cancer, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), multiple sclerosis, epilepsy or other seizure disorder, or spasticity disorders;
(b) Intractable pain, limited for the purpose of this chapter to mean pain unrelieved by standard medical treatments and medications;
(c) Glaucoma, either acute or chronic, limited for the purpose of this chapter to mean increased intraocular pressure unrelieved by standard treatments and medications;
(d) Crohn's disease with debilitating symptoms unrelieved by standard treatments or medications;
(e) Hepatitis C with debilitating nausea or intractable pain unrelieved by standard treatments or medications;
(f) 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;
(g) Posttraumatic stress disorder; or
(h) Traumatic brain injury.
*In 2010 Renal Failure was added to this list by petition.

Washington State Legislature RCW 69.51.A


Senate Bill 5052, the

Cannabis Patient Protection Act

reinforced arrest protection for qualified medical Cannabis userS, Caregivers, and their attending healthcare professionals.


37"Qualifying patients with terminal or debilitating medical
38 conditions who, in the judgment of their health care professionals,
39 may benefit from the medical use of ((cannabis)) marijuana, shall not

1 be arrested, prosecuted, or subject to other criminal sanctions or
2 civil consequences under state law based solely on their medical use
3 of ((cannabis)) marijuana, notwithstanding any other provision of 4 law;"

5 Persons who act as designated providers to such patients
6 shall also not be arrested, prosecuted, or subject to other criminal
7 sanctions or civil consequences under state law, notwithstanding any
8 other provision of law, based solely on their assisting with the medical use of ((cannabis)) marijuana; and
10 (c) Health care professionals shall also not be arrested,
11 prosecuted, or subject to other criminal sanctions or civil
12 consequences under state law for the proper authorization of medical
13 use of ((cannabis)) marijuana by qualifying patients for whom, in the
14 health care professional's professional judgment, the medical use of ((cannabis)) marijuana may prove beneficial.