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 streamined and simple.
If you live in MI and are in need of a medical marijuana card, then this comprehensive 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 man 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 that you know 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 in MI are not legitimate.
How to Get a Medical Marijuana Card?
As a Resident of Michigan, The Process of Obtaining a Medical Marijuana Card is is Follows:
The first step to getting 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. And beware that many offices will charge a consultation fee that is additional to the state’s application fee.
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, 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.).
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 Costs Involved?
The Michigan Registry Patient fee is $60. Caregiver Fees are priced at $25.
What are Conditions are Eligible to Receive a Medical Marijuana Card?
The Michigan Medical Marihuana Act, Proposal 1 was recently approved allowing patients suffering from specific conditions to obtain cannabis as a medical treatment.
Most conditions are debilitating medical ones, and they include:
- Hepatitis C
- Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
- Crohn’s Disease
- Agitation of Alzheimer’s Disease
A Chronic or debilitating medical condition that causes one of the following:
- 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 permitted to:
Possession 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, should you decide to have the option to cultivate (this will need to be filled out on the application form), beware hat cultivation 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?
The process 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.
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Can I use Medical Marijuana Anywhere?
It is important to remember that when 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?
The laws in Michigan are extremely harsh, and therefore it is advised to consume marijuana responsibly and legally. Those caught with illegal weed could face jail time of up to 2 years. The penalty for the use of marijuana is anywhere from a 90-day incarceration and a minimum fine of $100. Cultivation fines can reach up to $10,000,000.
Can I Consume Cannabis in My Car?
No. This would be considered a public place and would be prohibited.
Can I take My Meds to a Different State?
Medical marijuana patients may face federal and local charges of transporting marijuana if they cross state lines with the drug. This is true even if the states between which they are traveling allow medical marijuana. Should you need to travel 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?
We are not doctors or physicians, and therefore you should always consult with a professional before using medical marijuana.
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