Washington Adds Crohn's Disease To Medical Marijuana Law

Wednesday, 10 November 1999

Washington's Medical Quality Assurance Commission has approved a petition to add Crohn's Disease to the list of qualifying illnesses legally treatable by using marijuana.
Crohn's Disease is an inflammatory bowel disease, characterized by severe abdominal pain, nausea, and weight loss. The state law, adopted by a state-wide voter initiative in 1998, previously allowed marijuana use for patients suffering from AIDS, cancer, multiple sclerosis, glaucoma and intractable pain.
Dr. Rob Killian, the primary sponsor of Washington's initiative in 1998, supported the petition to add Crohn's Disease to the list of diseases treatable with marijuana.
"Crohn's Disease is a particularly debilitating illness, and patients have long espoused the use of marijuana to ease some of its more severe symptoms," said Killian. "By adding this illness to the list, we are further safeguarding a group of patients who need protection from criminal prosecution for using a medicine that works."
"When we drafted this initiative, we knew that there needed to be a mechanism to allow for the addition of medical conditions if information became available to show that its symptoms can be relieved by marijuana," said Killian. "We are happy to see that the system worked."
For more information, please contact Tim Killian of Washington Citizens for Medical Rights at (206) 679-4779.