Here are a few websites regarding marijuana and its current legal developments:


Federal Law and Policies

  • Memorandum for Selected United State Attorneys (Adobe Acrobat Document), Subject: Investigations and Prosecutions in States Authorizing the Medical Use of Marijuana, U.S. Department of Justice, Office of the Deputy Attorney General, 10/19/2009
  • VHA Directive 2011-004, Access to Clinical Programs for Veterans Participating in State-Approved Marijuana Programs, Veterans Health Administration, 01/31/2011

Washington Law and Policies As They Currently Exist




Chapter 69.51A RCW: Medical Marijuana Law in Washington State
This is the Washington State Medical Marijuana law from the WA State Legislature page.

SB 5052 The Cannabis Patient Protection Act

This is the most recent law change to medical marijuana. Effective July 2016

Washington State Medical Marijuana Frequently Asked Questions
This is a very comprehensive guide for patients and physicians that explains Washington State Medical Marijuana Act and answers many common questions about it. 

Washington State Cannabis News
Cannabis News is a great source for the articles on marijuana and its current legal developments in Washington State. 

The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML)
Since its founding in 1970, NORML has provided a voice in the public policy debate for those Americans who oppose marijuana prohibition and favor an end to the practice of arresting marijuana smokers. A nonprofit public-interest advocacy group, NORML represents the interests of the tens of millions of Americans who smoke marijuana responsibly. 

Marijuana Policy Project (MPP)
MPP envisions a nation where marijuana is legally regulated similarly to alcohol, marijuana education is honest and realistic, and treatment for problem marijuana users is non-coercive and geared toward reducing harm.

Medical Marijuana
Medical Marijuana presents laws, studies, statistics, surveys, government reports, and pro and con statements on questions related to marijuana as medicine.


MSNBC Special Report - Marijuana, Inc
Medical Marijuana Special Report - Marijuana Inc


Banned activities for medical marijuana patients and caregivers.

The Medical Marijuana Act does not give a broad freedom to medical marijuana patients to use marijuana anywhere, any time. Patients are not free to display their marijuana in view of the general public. No health insurer can be held liable for any claim for reimbursement for the costs of the medical use of marijuana. No physician shall be forced to authorize or discuss the medical use of marijuana. No school, business, or youth center may be forced to accommodate the medical use of marijuana. No patient will be able to claim a defense if their use of marijuana endangered the health or well-being of any person while driving.

Drug testing programs—including urinalysis and hair testing—required by federal agencies and some businesses for workers in certain safety-sensitive positions are unaffected by the Act. Even where drug testing is not a factor, employers may prevent employees from using marijuana on the job, if any degree of impairment would interfere with their work.

A warning to all marijuana users.

The Medical Marijuana Act was designed to protect a specific class of people—the seriously and terminally ill. It does not apply to recreational users of marijuana who simply feel they get some “medical” benefit. It does not even apply to terminally ill patients who fail to get their physician’s approval. The Act enables the courts to sort out who is entitled to these new protections and who is not.

Every detail, from proof of illness to the form and reasons for a marijuana recommendation, is a potential weak link in a person’s case. Don’t put yourself at risk on a flimsy claim of a medical need for marijuana. Remember, it is a class C felony to fraudulently produce any record claiming to be valid medical documentation