The Cannabis Patient Protection Act (PDF) integrates the medical market with the current regulated market. The following changes impact medical marijuana patients:
Medical marijuana patients with a valid authorization form may join the medical marijuana authorization database and receive a medical marijuana recognition card. Joining the authorization database is voluntary and isn’t required in order to be a medical marijuana patient unless the patient is under the age of 18. However, the medical marijuana recognition card gives the cardholder many benefits.
A certified medical marijuana consultant will be on staff in every licensed and medically endorsed marijuana store to assist patients.
The new medical marijuana cooperative law replaced the marijuana collectives law. Up to four medical marijuana patients or their designated provider may join together to grow marijuana for the patients’ personal use. Once all patients have their recognition card, the cooperative must be registered with the Liquor and Cannabis Board.
A $1 fee is required from cardholders when their card is created. The medically endorsed store collects the fee and pays it to the Department of Health.
All medical marijuana authorizations must be written on the Department of Health form dated June 2015 (or later). All previous medical marijuana forms and cards will not be accepted at the licensed and medically endorsed marijuana stores.
Information tekn from: http://www.doh.wa.gov/YouandYourFamily/Marijuana/MedicalMarijuana