Washington state and medical marijuana, July 2016

Dr. Michael Stern would like to inform you of the impending changes to his practice and washington state laws that are about to be implemented. After 36 years of clinical practice, he is transitioning into retirement and closing his practice.

My clinic, Northwest Healthy Options, will no longer issue new or renewal of authorizations. I will continue monitoring (a few hours a day) the phone lines at 206-707-8494 and my business email of: DRSTERN.NWHO@GMAIL.COM. All medical records will be maintained but the majority of records are forms that you have filled out for my specific medical practice and not of value to you in transitioning to another doctor. All my patients have been seen and cared for by other physicians in the past and I will have no ongoing medical relationships with any patients after my practice closes. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of my patients and hope that I have provided a service for you in the last 36 years.

The following list of some of my interpretation of the state law which will be implemented as of July 1, 2016:

  1. All marijuana producers, processors and retail stores must be licensed by the LCB. (Liquor Control Board).
  2. All marijuana and marijuana products must be tested for safety and THC/CBD levels, accurately labeled, and sold in child-resistant packaging.
  3. Licensed retail stores may apply for and get a medical marijuana endorsement.
  4. All authorizations must be written on a form developed by the department and printed on tamper-resistant paper. All other forms of documentation are no longer valid.
  5. Patients under 18 years of age must have permission from a parent or guardian, and must participate in treatment.
  6. The database becomes operational. All authorized medical marijuana patients must be registered with the state database.
  7. Patients and designated providers may be entered into the database by presenting their authorization to a licensed retail store with a medical marijuana endorsement.
  8. Possession amounts change depending on whether the patient or designated provider is entered into the database:
    1. Entered: May purchase up to three times the current limits at licensed retail store with a medical marijuana endorsement and may possess six plants and eight ounces of useable marijuana; healthcare practitioner may authorize additional plants to a maximum of 15; purchases at retail stores with a medical marijuana endorsement are not subject to sales tax; provides arrest protection.
    2. Not entered: Patient or designated provider can be arrested but has an affirmative defense to criminal prosecution for possession of up to four plants and six ounces of useable marijuana; may not participate in cooperatives; purchases at retail stores limited to amounts for all adults and are subject to sales tax.
  9. Up to four patients and designated providers may form a cooperative at the residence of one of the members and may grow the total authorized amount for the four members. Cooperatives must be registered with the LCB.
  10. A healthcare practitioner may sell or donate to patients topical products that have less than 0.3 percent THC.

Collective gardens under the old law are no longer allowed. New language allows for cooperatives with specific restrictions.

Washington state and medical marijuana, August 2014

A doctor's point of view

Washington State has had a medical marijuana law on the books since 1998.

In 2012 the State passed a law that allows anyone 21 and over to possess and utilize recreational marijuana.

Currently under state law medical marijuana patients are allowed to grow, use and possess marijuana. Only patients with a medical marijuana authorization are allowed to legally go to a cooperative and make a donation and in return they receive marijuana (this is clearly a gray area within the law).

All qualified MMJ patients may register at a legal MMJ cooperative (dispensary) and obtain medical cannabis.


To qualify, a patient must have been diagnosed and treated for one of these qualifying conditions:

Intractable debilitating pain (located anywhere in the body) - unrelieved with standard therapy,
Serious neurological diseases such as (epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, debilitating migraines, ALS, etc.),
Hepatitis C,
Anorexia or other eating disorders.



Our medical marijuana clinic specializes in providing qualified patients with a legal authorization to grow, possess, and use marijuana as medicine. Dr. Michael Stern, specializes in providing a medical marijuana "card or permit" to be used for visits to co-ops: referred to as medical marijuana dispensaries. We explain in detail why we recommend the medical use of marijuana and how you can benefit from using marijuana as medicine.

Do you have cancer, HIV, hepatitis C, severe pain (from any cause i.e. migraines, arthritis, degenerative disc disease), intestinal disease, seizures, or multiple sclerosis?

To receive your so-called "green card" or legal medical marijuana authorization, register, and send your medical records to (206) 707-8495 and forward your request for an appointment to Dr. Michael Stern, by clicking this link:

Email Request for Appointment

Or you can email a request by sending it to appointments (at) nwhealthyoptions (dot) com.


Receive a legally valid authorization on tamperproof paper for the use, possession, and growth of marijuana (hemp, cannabis) in the state of Washington.

For more information regarding an authorization for MMJ possession and an authorization, you can email us at info (at) nwhealthyoptions (dot) com, or simply click this link:

Information Request



Dr. Michael Stern

Michael H. Stern M.D.

Director / Board Certified
Authorizing Physician



We are a medical marijuana clinic and work closely with medical marijuana dispensaries/cooperatives to verify that you are a legitimate patient of NWHO (NW Healthy Options)

Our Clinic's Distinguishing Characteristics:
  • Clinic fees are used to pay business overhead.
  • Dr. Stern's profile is available so that you can know the doctor before your visit.

  • Dr. Stern has been a practicing board certified medical doctor since 1983.

  • Dr. Stern has worked with lawyers as a consultant so he is experienced and knowledgeable to protect your rights. The main reason to get authorization is legal protection so be guaranteed you get that protection.

  • Dr. Stern is disabled with primary progressive MS so he understands patients better than most doctors.

  • Dr. Stern believes in using marijuana as natural medicine.

  • Dr. Stern does this work to help and legally protect other patients.

  • Dr. Stern works as a volunteer, receiving a $1 per year salary.

Our Mission: To provide and protect our patients' right to legal and effective treatment for better health and healing of their body, mind, and spirit. Using marijuana as Natural Medicine.

NW Healthy Options provides a compassionate and empathetic staff to help educate and promote natural, safe, and legal medical treatment. The three pillars of our clinic are professionalism, education, and compassionate care. Our services are:

  • Medical Marijuana Authorization
  • Nutrition/Lifestyle Coaching