Medical Access Fund
Thank you for your interest in the Washington CannaBusiness Association’s effort to help patients mitigate economic hardship as they access cannabis products prescribed by a medical professional. Only patients with a valid authorization from a medical professional and who are registered with Washington State’s Department of Health will be eligible to apply.
“I applaud our state’s licensed cannabis producers, processors and retailers for moving forward with a plan to help reduce economic barriers for patients accessing medicine prescribed to them by a health care professional,” said State Senator Ann Rivers, a prime sponsor of the 2015 Cannabis Patient Protection Act. “I have heard from many patients who are concerned that their medicine is out-of-reach due to personal economic hardship. I am encouraged that our state’s business leaders are stepping forward to help and I will continue to work in Olympia to support a safe marketplace that keeps marijuana away from kids but allows the legal industry to grow and prosper while continuing to diminish the illegal, unregulated black market.”
In late 2016, WACA’s Board of Directors approved plans to establish a charitable fund to lower financial barriers for registered patients in Washington State. Qualifying patients are encouraged to apply for financial support to help defray the costs of medical products. Due to the legal and regulatory landscape of Washington’s still young legal marijuana marketplace, additional details concerning the fund are currently being finalized and reviewed by the appropriate regulatory agencies. Pending regulatory approval, WACA is looking forward to announcing next steps in Spring 2017.
“For many patients, medical cannabis has offered relief when conventional pharmaceuticals have failed, but the cost for a safe and consistent supply of medicine can be well out of reach for many,” said Ryan Day, patient advocate and supporter of the Cannabis Patient Protection Act. “As the father of a medical marijuana patient, I am heartened by the cannabis businesses who want to ensure that economic barriers don’t prevent patients from getting the medicine that they need. Our regulated system in Washington helps ensure that products sold are safe and quality-controlled. Now those businesses will also help ensure that the patients are not forced to buy cheaper but questionable products off the street.”