If you live in Michigan and are in need for a medical marijuana card, then this comprehensive guide is for you.
Thankfully, Michigan has shifted its attitude towards medical marijuana over the last couple of years, and while the original medical marijuana program was voted and established in 2008, recent December 2016 rules governing the Michigan Medical Marijuana Program were changed for the better.
During this time state leaders approved the addition of concentrated forms of cannabis, such as ointments, oils, and tinctures. As of now, patients can possess flowers and extracts through the state’s medical marijuana program to treat specific medical conditions.
If you are applying for a medical card or have applied for one in the past it is important that you know the following:
According to the Michigan.gov website; Michigan has centralized all aspects of medical marihuana regulation with the creation of the Bureau of Medical Marihuana Regulation (BMMR) housed in the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA). The new bureau combines the existing oversight functions of the state’s patient and caregiver registry with the newly established statutory requirements for medical marihuana facility licensing.
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 retrieve your medical records and get a signed physician’s statement from a doctor, licensed to practice medicine in Michigan.
Please note, to get a Medical Marijuana Card you MUST be a resident of the state. You will need to provide proof of residency, for example, a Michigan I.D, passport or another photo I.D, with proof of residency such as bank statement, utility bill, etc. is acceptable.
If you are from another state, it is possible to get a medical card, but it is decided on a case by case basis, by Michigan’s Medical Marijuana Program. In most cases, they do NOT accept other state’s registry cards, so please don’t have high hopes.
In the state of Michigan, it is not enough to simply have a signed recommendation from your primary doctor or marijuana doctor; you are also required to obtain legitimate medical records or documentation from your physician describing their diagnosis.
The more medical history you can get and attach to your application, to back up your claim, the more of a chance you are going to have in getting a medical marijuana card.
It is also important to note that you must have a bona fide relationship with your physician (according to House Bill 5851).
Once you have your documents, you are then required to register with the Michigan Medical Marihuana Program. You can access the Michigan Medical Marihuana Program Application Instructions and CheckList using this form.
For applicants under 18 years of age, please use this form.
For further information feel free to contact the Michigan Medical Marihuana Program
Michigan Medical Marihuana Program
Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs
Bureau of Professional Licensing
PO Box 30083
Lansing, MI 48909
Email: [email protected]
If you submitted your application more than 5 weeks ago and have not received your registry ID card, you can inquire about your application 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?
By enrolling and receiving approval by the state of Michigan, you will be permitted to obtain:
Possession of an adequate supply: a maximum quantity of no more than 2.5 ounces and 12 plants. Please note that the state does require you to keep all marijuana substances in a closed and locked facility.
Should you decide to cultivate note that 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.
Related Article: 3 Ways to Get a Medical Marijuana Card Online (in Minutes)
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.
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.
Should you have any other questions, feel free to contact us through our Facebook Page.
Found this post informative? Help us get it in front of people who need the information by SHARING it.