Scheduling of Marijuana Report to the Governor and Legislature – January 2016 (PDF) SB 5052 was passed during the 2015 legislative session. The governor vetoed Sections 42 and 43, which would remove from Schedule I of Washington State's Controlled Substances Act any medical marijuana product that the Department of Health identifies in rule as appropriate for sale to qualifying patients and designated providers in a retail outlet that holds a medical marijuana endorsement. In his veto message, the governor noted that rescheduling just medical marijuana may cause serious problems such as having the unintended effect of limiting the types of marijuana that are considered medicine. Therefore, he directed the department to thoroughly consider this idea in consultation with medical professionals and stakeholders, and bring an appropriate resolution to me and the legislature by next year.
Specialty Clinics Report to the Governor and Legislature – December 2015 (PDF) SB 5052 was passed during the 2015 legislative session. Section 41 requires the Department of Health to develop recommendations on establishing medical marijuana specialty clinics that would allow for the authorization AND dispensing of marijuana to patients of healthcare professionals who work on-site of the clinic and who are certified by the department in the medical use of marijuana.
Patient Access to Medical Marijuana in Washington State – July 2008 (PDF) Washington voters passed Initiative 692, the Medical Use of Marijuana Act, November 1998. This law lets patients meeting certain criteria use marijuana for medical reasons. Engrossed Substitute Senate Bill (ESSB) 6032 was passed in 2007 to clarify the law for patients, doctors, designated providers, and law enforcement. It directs the department to report on patient access to an adequate, safe, consistent, and secure source of medical marijuana. The department must consider alternative distribution systems and gather information from medical and scientific literature, consulting with experts and the public, and reviewing the best practices of other states.