No Medical Records? No Problem to Get Pot Card in Seattle


At Hempfest, a three-day Seattle festival of all things marijuana, a clinic called 4Evergreen Group offered authorization to use medical marijuana for one year for $150 if the patient had medical records; $200 with no medical records, says the Seattle Times. Times reporter Jonathan Martin got authorization with no medical records for recurring lower-back pain, a condition a naturopath found covered under the state law’s definition of “a terminal or debilitating medical condition” because it caused “intractable pain.” It flares up weekly, but Martin hasn’t missed work for it in years.

Martin said the authorization process appears to largely comply with state law, even if he might not be the type of patient voters had in mind when they passed the law in 1998.

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