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Published on Tuesday, July 5, 2016

New medical marijuana database up and running

Effective July 1, the state medical marijuana authorization database went live for input at medically endorsed retail stores throughout Washington. However, some stores may not be ready to begin to input data and create recognition cards. Here is a link to the Department of Health map of where the medical stores are located (indicated by the blue pin).

Medical marijuana patients who sign up for the authorization database are eligible to:

  • Purchase marijuana products sales-tax free.
  • Purchase up to three times the current legal limit for recreational users.
  • Purchase high-THC infused products.
  • Grow more than four plants in their residence.
  • Have full protection from arrest, prosecution, and legal penalties, although patients will still have an affirmative defense.

The establishment of the medical marijuana database is part of a number of changes that took effect on July 1 that were part of legislation adopted in 2015. The other major change is that all marijuana businesses must have a state license to continue operating after July 1.

For more information about the medical marijuana database visit the Department of Health website.

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