Medical marijuana cards in Michigan are being issued by the Michigan Marijuana Regulatory Agency of the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs.
With the Michigan medical marijuana program, Michigan residents and patients with state-approved medical marijuana cards are allowed and are able to purchase medical cannabis from dispensaries and provisioning centers.
Michigan is the first state to legalize marijuana in the mid-West.
In 2018, the state of Michigan has legalized marijuana and has started to allow stores to sell weed to recreational users and to shift their medical marijuana supply to recreational.
However as of today, still 80 percent of Michigan municipalities have opted out of allowing recreational sales within their borders. (Fortunately, we’re an Ann Arbor dispensary, so we’re good :))
With this, it seems necessary and important for patients to get a Michigan medical marijuana (MMJ) card in order to acquire legal and medical marijuana.
If you are planning to get an MMJ card in Michigan, before proceeding with your application, make sure that:
(1) you have proof of residence in Michigan
(2) you are able to check in first with your doctor and medical records if you qualify.
These are the medical conditions covered by the Michigan medical marijuana program:
- Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Positive
- Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS)
- Hepatitis C
- Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
- Crohn’s Disease
- Agitation of Alzheimer’s Disease
- Nail Patella
Category B: Any chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition or its treatment that produces one (1) or more of the following:
- Cachexia or Wasting Syndrome
- Severe and chronic pain
- Severe nausea
- Seizures (including but not limited to those characteristics of epilepsy)
- Severe and persistent muscle spasms (including but not limited to those characteristics of multiple sclerosis)
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Spinal cord injury
- Inflammatory bowel disease
- Ulcerative colitis
- Parkinson’s disease
- Tourette’s syndrome
- Chronic pain
- Cerebral palsy
Once you have confirmed that you are qualified, you may get a medical marijuana card either through paper or online application:
- Download the application form from the Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) website through this link: Applications (Paper) New/Renewal.
- The first form included is the Application Form for Registry Card Application that you or your caregiver (if you are designating a caregiver to apply on your behalf) will need to fill out. You will just need to: (1) Provide basic identity information like your name, birth date, address, etc. (2) Tick the corresponding box to indicate whether it will be you or your caregiver to possess marijuana plants. (3) Provide caregiver information if applicable. (4) You or your caregiver will need to sign the document to attest that the information provided in the medical marijuana form is true and accurate.
- The second one is the Physician Certification Form that will need to have completed and signed by a medical doctor or doctor of osteopathic medicine and surgery who holds an active license to practice in the State of Michigan. Hand this form to your doctor who has your medical records to accomplish for you.
- Put in one envelope the following required documents: (1) the accomplished Application Form for Registry Card Application (2) the accomplished Physician Certification Form (3) proof of Michigan residency (put in a copy of your valid Michigan driver’s license, personal identification card or signed voter registration) (4) the check or money order for the $40 application fee payable to the State of Michigan – MMMP (5) and, only if you are designating a caregiver, you will need to include a copy of the caregiver’s valid state-issued driver’s license or personal identification card.
- Send the envelope by mail to Michigan Medical Marijuana Program, P.O. Box 30083, Lansing, MI 48909
- Wait for your result – you will be notified within 15 business days whether your application was accepted or rejected.
- Create your online account in the LARA website through this link: Create a secure online account (patient without caregiver)
- Once done, you may proceed with your Michigan state medical marijuana card application through this link: Online Application/Renewal (Patients 18 and Over). The full step-by-step instructions on how to fill out the online form are on this site: Apply for Patient-Only Registry Card online (patient without caregiver). Basically, you will need the same documents as required in the paper application – you will need to upload the soft copy of those documents instead of the online application.
- By the end of the online application, you will be prompted to pay the $40 application fee online. Payment may be made using a valid Credit or Debit Card (Mastercard, VISA, or Discover) or electronic check (E-check). Payment will be posted to your statement as “LARA BMMR”.
- Once your payment has been successfully submitted, you will receive confirmation your application has been submitted. Write this record number on the summary you printed, or you may print this page for your records.
- Your physician will receive notification of your pending application, and they will have 15 days to complete their portion of the application. Ensure to get an in-person medical evaluation or appointment from an active Michigan physician and inform them of your desire to apply for the Michigan medical marijuana card beforehand.
- Patients who apply online will receive their approval or denial through email from email@example.com. Make sure to also check your email Junk or Spam folder. The good thing about applying online is that you may already use your approval email as a temporary card while waiting for the physical medical marijuana card to be delivered to your specified address.
The Medical marijuana card is able to allow patients to gain access to medical cannabis, with certain possession limits.
Once patients have their medical marijuana card, those 18-21 of age can possess up to one ounce of weed, while adults aged above 21 are able to possess up to 2.5 ounces of weed.
Aside from this, patients are also allowed to have up to the following limits for products in different forms:
- 16 ounces of marijuana-infused products in a solid form
- 36 fluid ounces of marijuana-infused product in a liquid form
- 7 grams of marijuana-infused product in a gaseous form
Patients and/or primary caregivers are also allowed to grow and possess up to 12 marijuana plants, depending on who specifically was indicated to be provided authorization to possess and cultivate marijuana plants in your application.