A Washington cannabis business group is starting a fund to help patients defray the cost of medical marijuana.
The Washington CannaBusiness Association said Tuesday that the new charitable effort will expand patient access to medical marijuana.
Marijuana’s illegal status at the federal level can present challenges to patients seeking the assistance they can get with so many other medicines.
“People don’t have access to the same kinds of opportunities to get assistance for their medicine,” said WACA Executive Director Vicki Christophersen.
“We heard, and have been hearing from patients — legitimate patients who have an authorization — there are people having a difficult time accessing their medications.”
Patients facing an array of medical conditions can sometimes get assistance for prescription drugs from pharmaceutical companies, government agencies and charities.