How to Get a Medical Marijuana Card in Michigan

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MarijuanaBreak Staff / Updated on August 11, 2018

How to Get a Medical Marijuana Card in Michigan

Medical marijuana has actually been around in Michigan for quite some time – believe it or not, state voters approved the original legislation way back in November 2008. However, under a new set of laws that went into effect back in December 2016, the state is finally starting to see its expected surge in MMJ applicants. And fortunately, the new application process is very streamlined and simple.

If you live in MI and require a medical marijuana card, then this informative guide on how to get a medical marijuana card in Michigan is for you.

First, though, it’s important to understand that only applicants through the official Michigan Medical Marijuana Program may obtain a registry ID card. There have been reports of third-party licensing and rumors that a physician’s recommendation and a completed application may serve as a temporary registration card, but this is not true. Unless you have an official MMJ ID card from the state of Michigan, you may not purchase medical cannabis.

Also, if you are applying for a medical card in Michigan or have applied for one in the past, it is important to understand the following:

*All aspects of medical marihuana registration are administered through the Bureau of Medical Marijuana Regulation (BMMR), which is housed in the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA). Any other vendor(s) claiming to supply marijuana ID cards – or claiming to be able to issue them in the same day – in MI are not legitimate.


How to Get a Medical Marijuana Card?

Residents of Michigan actually have it relatively easy compared to other states in the country in terms of applying for medical marijuana. Here are the basic steps for how to apply for a medical marijuana card in Michigan:

Step 1 – Download the official application and meet with a doctor

The first step to applying for a medical marijuana card in the state of Michigan is to download and print the official MMMP Application Packet.

Once you have the application, you’ll need to schedule an appointment with a currently licensed/practicing doctor in the state of Michigan to see whether or not you have a condition that qualifies for treatment with medical marijuana (see list of qualifying conditions below).

On the last page of the application is the Physician Recommendation Form – this will need to be filled out and signed by the recommending doctor and submitted along with the other documents in the application packet.

Also, it is important to understand that the state of Michigan does not supply a list of marijuana-recommending physicians – you will need to take initiative and get in touch with a physician’s office to see if a cannabis recommendation is a possibility (feel free to get in touch with us for recommendations on where you can go).

Also, beware that many offices will charge a consultation fee that is additional to the state’s application fee.

Step 2 – Complete the application packet and gather supplemental documents

After you have visited your doctor and he/she has filled out the Physician Recommendation Form documenting that you have a medical marijuana-qualifying condition, you will need to proceed with filling out the rest of the Application Packet.

Please note that in order to get a Medical Marijuana Card in Michigan, you MUST be a resident of the state. You will need to provide proof of residency via one of the following ways:

  • A valid Michigan driver’s license, OR
  • A personal ID card from the state of MI, OR
  • A signed MI voter registration card

A clear and legible copy of one of the above forms MUST be mailed in with the application packet to be considered for approval. Also, be aware that a copy of a voter registration card without a signature is not valid – if you submit your proof of residency via voter registration, you will need to include additional proof of identity via a government-issued document that includes your name and birth (if you have any questions about which type of documents qualify, call 517-284-6400 or e-mail [email protected]).

In addition to the proof of residency, all completed applications must include:

  • A $60 patient application fee (in the form of a check or money order made out to State of Michigan – MMMP)

*Please beware that the process of how to apply for medical marijuana in Michigan is different for individuals under the age of 18. To apply for medical marijuana in Michigan as a minor, please refer to this form.

Also, if you need to have your official caregiver submit your application on your behalf, be advised that the process is somewhat different (refer to the state’s Frequently Asked Question page on caregiver registry.).

Step 3 – Submit the application packet and wait for approval

Once you have your payment and all of your documents completed and in order, you are then ready to mail the Application Packet to the MMMP program for reviewal. Submit all documents (including application packet, physician recommendation form, payment, and proof of residency) to the following address:

Michigan Medical Marihuana Program
PO Box 30083
Lansing, MI 48909

If the application was submitted completely and in order, Michigan is actually required by law to notify you within 15 business days whether it was accepted or rejected. (If you submitted your application more than 5 weeks ago and have not received your registry ID card, you can inquire by calling 517-284-6400 and selecting option #4).

What are the Medical Marijuana Costs Involved?

The Michigan Registry Patient fee is $60. Caregiver Fees are priced at $25.

What Conditions are Eligible to Receive a Medical Marijuana Card?

The Michigan Medical Marihuana Act, Proposal 1 allows patients suffering from the following conditions to apply for an MMJ card and buy cannabis products from operating dispensaries:

Also, patients suffering from a “chronic or debilitating medical condition” that causes one of the following will be allowed to apply for an MMJ card:

  • Cachexia or wasting syndrome;
  • severe and chronic pain
  • Severe nausea
  • Seizures, including those characteristics of epilepsy; or
  • Severe and persistent muscle spasms, including those characteristics of multiple sclerosis

What Are Approved Medical Marijuana Patients Entitled To?

If your application for medical marijuana is approved by the state of Michigan, you will be allowed to:

Possess an “adequate supply of cannabis,” which is defined as: a maximum quantity of no more than 2.5 ounces and 12 plants (though please note that the state does require you to keep all marijuana substances in a closed and locked facility).

Also, if you decide you want to cultivate and grow your own medicine, you will need to declare as such on the application form. Beware, however, that there is a distinction between personal cultivation and commercial cultivation. Personal cultivation allows for an aforementioned 12 plants, while commercial permits are divided into three classes:

  • Class A – Permits you to grow a maximum of 500 plants
  • Class B – Permits you to grow a maximum of 1000 plants
  • Class C – Permits you to grow a maximum of 1500 plants

How to Renew Your Medical Marijuana Card in Michigan?

The process for renewing a medical marijuana card in Michigan is similar to those applying for the first time. To renew your card, you are required to submit an application 60 days prior to the expiration of your card. All cards are processed in the order they are received by the state, though you will typically receive your renewal in 2-3 weeks.

Related Article: 3 Ways to Get a Medical Marijuana Card Online (in Minutes)

Can I use Medical Marijuana Anywhere in Michigan?

Even with a valid medical marijuana card, it is prohibited to smoke marijuana in public or while operating a vehicle. Also, it is always important to remember that if smoking in public, it may be assumed that you are using it for recreational use, which is illegal on a federal level. It is advised to consume your medicine responsibly, in the safety of your home or a private residence.

Also, the laws of Michigan require you to store your marijuana in a secure, locked place. It is illegal to travel across state lines with cannabis, even if you have a valid Michigan Registration ID card.

What are the Current Michigan Laws?

Without a valid MMJ card, marijuana laws in Michigan are very harsh. Those caught with illegal weed of any amount could receive a misdemeanor criminal charge, and/or face jail time of up to 1 year and a fine of $2,000. If caught using or possessing weed in a public park, the charge could be a felony with a maximum jail sentence of 2 years – no matter the amount of possession.

The penalties for the illegal sale and distribution of marijuana in Michigan are even more severe. Distribution of any amount of weed without remuneration (i.e. even if you don’t get paid for the product), is a misdemeanor with a potential 1 year jail sentence.

The sale of any amount of weed less than 5 kg is a felony charge, with a potential jail sentence of 4 years and a maximum fine of $20,000. For amounts over 5 kg, the potential incarceration time is 15 years with a maximum fine of $10,000,000.

Clearly, if you are suffering from a medical condition and want to treat with marijuana in Michigan, make sure you apply for a medical marijuana card.

Can I Consume Medical Cannabis in My Car?

No. This would be considered a public place and is prohibited.

Where Can I Buy Medical Marijuana in Michigan?

There are dozens of operating medical marijuana dispensaries throughout the state of Michigan that serve the nearly 220,000 MMJ patients in the state. Incidentally, however, as of July 2018 none of these dispensaries are currently licensed in the state.

Some of the operations have been selling cannabis to legal MMJ patients since 2016, but it has only been within the past year that the state has required they apply for official licensing. Apparently, if  they do not apply for and obtain a state license by September 15th 2018, they run the risk of being shut down.

Can I take My Meds from Michigan to a Different State?

No. Medical marijuana patients may face federal and local charges of transporting marijuana if they decide to cross state lines with it. This is true even if the states between which they are traveling allow medical marijuana.

Should you need to travel from state to state with your marijuana, it would be best to contact the state’s Bureau of health to understand the specific laws of the state you are going to not risk breaking any laws.

How Much Should I consume in Michigan?

Please note, we are not physicians or doctors, and therefore you should always consult with a professional prior to using medical marijuana.

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How to Get a Medical Marijuana Card in Michigan
August 11, 2018
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  1. Gloria courtney

    I was late by 3days sending out my renewal for my card , will they except it ,if not then what will I have to do to renew it?

    1. Adam

      That is a tough questions. You’d have to contact the state. Generally no, but we hope that they do!

  2. Kristi Hales

    Where are there liscensed doctors? Do I just fill out the form and take it to them? How do I know if I’m approved? You have to pay $60 without knowing if you’ll even get it?

  3. Rod Sanford

    My dad is undergoing radiation and chemo for cancer. He has no appetite, is losing weight, and is in pain and depressed. He would never go into a medical marijuana store, but I think edibles would really help him. How do I go about getting him qualified for this and have me or another family member be able to go into a store and purchase edibles for him?

  4. Mario Vascetti

    Im going to transfer to Western Michigan University from italy and would like to know if it would be possible for me to get a card.

    1. Adam

      Only if you are a resident of the state

    2. sara j

      you should definitely try. Buona fortuna!

  5. Ms Williams

    Do I pay for the cannibas myself, or is it cover my insurance?

    1. Adam

      You normally pay for yourself

  6. Amanda Eason

    This is something I really liked, thank you

  7. Sue Hemphill

    Done with the application, thank you

  8. Amanda Perkins

    Trying to get medical marijuana card in Michigan. Let’s hope I get it soon

  9. Erica

    Ok I don’t live in Michigan but I want to attend cannabis cup next month. But you have to have a medical card to go. What can I do? If anything

  10. Reina Stadler

    Getting a medical card in Michigan is amazing. Now I can get solutions to all my health issues.

  11. Joan Goss

    The medical card is the perfect solution for all ailments

    1. Joah

      I sent out my mmmp card is it true that if I mis spelled a word in my application would I get denied and if I have to replay do I have to send them another 60$

  12. Jessica

    If you are renewin your card how much do I send the state, if you have Medicaid and Medicare? It use to be $25

  13. Mike M

    I have Michigan Medicaid Insurance. Does Medicaid pay for my Medical Marijuana?

    1. Adam

      As far as we are aware, no

  14. Chrystyna Alexander

    I have had severe chronic migraines for almost 40 years (28 Botox injections in my head every 3 months has lessened the severity of the migraines)I also have spinal stenosis and degenerative disc disease which is relieved for periods with steroid injections into my spine, in addition my knees are ready to be replaced so I get steroid injections for the pain relief.
    All of this causes me to feel anxious and suffer from insomnia.
    Currently I take a small dose of Kadian twice a day, Vicodin 7.5 as needed as well as Xanax and Prozac for both anxiety and insomnia.

    I have never used Marijuana and am 68 years old. I have been reading how CBD oils or edibles can help with the issues that I have without giving me a high.

    Question: is it safe to try CBD oil while still on these meds to see if it would work???

    1. Jessie

      I’m not a doctor, but I’d say most likely safe.

  15. Mary Murray

    Do I qualify for card if I have stage 3b chronic kidney disease with nausea and pain in my back?

  16. Karen

    if I am on permanent disability with state of Michigan do I still need to access my medical records and go through another doctor I have proof

    1. Adam

      It’s always best to have your medical records with you

  17. Bertha Johnson

    Thanks for providing this information. It is the best article that I have ever read. I got to know everything about how to get a medical card in michigan.

  18. Kathy Armstrong

    How can you get your card if your doctor is against it I was in a car acentdent had to spin surgerys bad ADHD disorder and very bad panic attacks and anzitys attacks my life has been turned up side down I have tried different products because my sister has her card and I wanted to see if it would help me and it really did thank you for your time Kathy Armstrong I all so was diagnosed from social security sikiatrist and therapist

    1. Dawn

      If your doctor is against it, you can always find other doctors in your area. However there may be a 60 dollar fee but it’s worth it if it helps you.

  19. Michael RHUE

    What if your just interested in buying just the candy and brownies?

  20. Wanda

    Marijauna has changed my life. Living in Michigan it’s not easy to come by, but it’s definitely worth it.

  21. Debra Evelyn

    Medical marijauna card is truely a solution to attain all medical treatments without any botheration.Thanks for explaining how to get this in illinois.

  22. James Cole

    I am a Florida resident with valid Medical Maijianna Card,, I’m looking to see if I can buy & do mail order for the R.S.O. (RICK SIMPSON OIL) ??? Thank You.

  23. Bonita Byrd

    I do not have my medical records with me, lost them. Is there a way to get a medical card with only the doctor’s recommendation?

    1. Adam

      It’s best to you have your medical records.

  24. Monica Gartner

    Having bad nausea so had to get the marijuana card to smoke marijuana privately at home. Very thankful with the legalization of this awesome drug in Michigan.

  25. Rosa

    Got my own medical marijuana card for glaucoma, though I need to keep it safe and smoke marijuana privately.

  26. Julie

    Needs to be legalized nationwide

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