Marijuana Prevention and Education Program

Washington Initiative 502 (PDF) passed in November of 2012 and went into effect July 1, 2015. I-502 directed the Washington State Department of Health to implement the following:

  • A marijuana use public health hotline that provides referrals to substance abuse treatment providers, utilizes evidence-based or researched-based public health approaches to minimizing the harms associated with marijuana use, and does not solely advocate an abstinence-only approach.
  • A grants program for local health departments or other local community agencies that supports development and implementation of coordinated intervention strategies for the prevention and reduction of marijuana use by youth.
  • Media-based education campaigns across television, internet, radio, print, and out-of-home advertising, separately reaching youth and adults, that provide medically and scientifically accurate information about the health and safety risks posed by marijuana use.

The goal of the department's Marijuana Prevention and Education Program is to reduce initiation and use of marijuana by youth (ages 12-20), especially among populations most adversely affected by marijuana use throughout Washington State. Learn more...

Medical Marijuana Program

The Cannabis Patient Protection Act (SB 5052) (PDF) was passed in April of 2015 and went into full effect on July 1, 2016. SB 5052 creates strict regulations for marijuana producers, processors and stores that want to sell to patients. Under the act, the Department of Health is directed to adopt rules for:

  • Product compliance;
  • A Medical Marijuana Authorization Database; and
  • Training and certification of medical marijuana consultants

The Department of Health is dedicated to protecting access for patients with qualifying conditions and ensuring that their products are safe, quality tested and accurately labeled. Learn more...