FAQ CHECK: Basic Michigan Medical Marijuana Law
How Do You Register as a Med Marijuana Patient in Michigan?Qualifying patients" must register with The Michigan Department of Community Health , Bureau of Health Professions, P.O. Box 30083, Lansing, Michigan 48909.
To register, the patient must submit ( on forms provided by the department) the following information:
(a) an application or renewal fee;
(b) the name, address, and birth date of the qualifying patient;
(c) the name, address, and telephone number of the qualifying patient's physician;
(d) the name, address, and birth date of the qualifying patient's caregiver, if any.
(e) written certification that the person is a qualifying patient from a doctor.
Qualifying Medical ConditionsPatients must suffer from a debilitating medical condition, defined as:
(a) cancer, glaucoma, or positive status for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS), hepatitis C, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Crohn's disease, agitation of Alzheimer's disease, or nail patella.
(b) a chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition or its treatment that produces one of more of the following:
(i) cachexia or wasting syndrome;
(ii) severe and chronic pain;
(iii) severe nausea;
(iv) seizures, including but not limited to those caused by epilepsy; or
(v) severe or persistent muscle spasms, including but not limited to, those which are characteristic of multiple sclerosis; or
(c) any other medical condition or treatment for a medical condition adopted by the department by rule. (NOTE: To date, the department has not added to the list by administrative rule.)
Legally Getting Med MarijuanaYou can grow your own (up to 12 plants) or designate a caregiver.
Michigan law provides for a system of designated caregivers. The caregiver can acquire 2.5 ounces of usable marijuana and grow up to 12 marijuana plants for a qualifying patient. The caregiver may assist up to 5 patients. The caregiver must sign a statement agreeing to provide marijuana only to the qualifying patients who have named the individual as their caregiver. The caregiver's name, address, birth date and social security number must be provided to the state at the time of a patient's registration. The Department will issue a registry identification card to the caregiver who is named by a qualifying patient on his/her application. The Department may not issue a registry identification card to a proposed caregiver who has previously been convicted of a felony drug offense. The Department will verify through a background check with the Michigan State Police that the designated caregiver has no disqualifying felony.
Important Facts About Michigan Med Marijuana LawImportant facts to remember:
o Doctors will not be writing marijuana prescriptions. They will only be attesting to qualifying illnesses.
o The Michigan Department of Community Health will be issuing registration cards that will allow the holder to possess, grow and use a limited amount of marijuana to treat symptoms.
o Abuse of the card, such as possessing or growing amounts that exceed set limits, selling your card or your marijuana or operating a vehicle under the influence, will result in arrest and prosecution.