How to get a Medical Marijuana Card in Michigan

michigan medical marijuana programThe Michigan Medical Marihuana Act (MMMA) was approved by voters in November 2008. The Michigan Medical Marihuana Program (MMMP), a function of the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, is the government body that administers the program.

To Qualify for the Michigan Medical Marijuana Program

  • You must be a Michigan resident to be a registered patient in the Michigan Medical Marihuana Program (MMMP)
  • You must submit an application form. There is a separate form for minors
  • The current application fees are:
    • £100
    • $25.00 patient is currently enrolled in Medicaid or receiving SSI or SSD
  • The fee cannot be waived, although it can be reduced under certain circumstances
  • Your application form, together with your fees, photo id and physician’s attestation to:

    Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs
    Michigan Medical Marihuana Registry
    P.O. Box 30083
    Lansing, MI 48909

Qualifying Medical Conditions for the Michigan Medical Marijuana Program

  • Cancer
  • Glaucoma
  • 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
  • Nail patella
  • 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

  • Any other medical condition or treatment for a medical condition adopted by the department by rule

Rules of the Michigan Medical Marijuana Program

  • The MMMP cannot supply you with seeds or starter plants, or give you advice on how to grow medical marihuana
  • Your physician must be a Medical Doctor (MD) or Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) licensed to practice in Michigan
  • You must have an established patient/physician relationship with your “attending physician”
  • Other licensed health professionals such as Chiropractors, physician assistants and nurse practitioners cannot sign the documentation
  • The MMMP cannot refer you to a physician and does not have a physician referral list
  • You, or your designated primary caregiver, may grow your marihuana
  • There is no place in the state of Michigan to legally purchase medical marihuana
  • The MMMP cannot find a designated primary caregiver for you neither does it keep a referral list of persons who want to be caregivers for patients
  • You are not required to list a caregiver unless you are less than 18 years old
  • Your caregiver cannot be your physician.
  • If you decide to change your caregiver, it is your responsibility to notify him or her that he or she is no longer protected under the law
  • The MMMP does not communicate directly with caregivers
  • The MMMP will only speak directly with the patient
  • All written requests to release information must be signed and dated by the patient
  • The MMMP will not accept written or verbal requests for information from your caregiver or any other person without your permission.
  • The Act neither protects marihuana plants from seizure nor individuals from prosecution if the federal government chooses to take action against patients or caregivers under the federal Controlled Substances Act
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  1. If medical marijuana is legal is Michigan and the Rules of the Michigan Medical Marijuana Program state that:
    1. you, or your designated primary caregiver, may grow your marihuana
    2. That there are no dispensaries, no list of caregivers
    3. The MMMP cannot find a designated primary caregiver for you neither does it keep a referral list of persons who want to be caregivers for patients.

    Then how does a patient go about getting the marijuana clones, strains and or seeds? Do they buy the seeds online? Do they illegally purchase street marijuana then smoke it? I guess this list of caregivers is spread by word of mouth by your attending physician? I ask this because you can’t order marijuana bud. You can order seeds but that is illegal under the federal governments laws and you risk being arrested or your seeds confiscated. Can anyone answer? Thanks

  2. Do you know if Medical Marijuana supports “Sleep Apnea” or is that a Qualifying Medical Condition????

  3. I need information on how to change care providers. I have been with my care provider since December of 2010, in that time I have received a total of 2 ounces from him. He is not providing proper care to me, and I believe he is selling my stuff to other patients for money, instead of providing it to me.

    It is always a different dilemma every time I talk to him, a different story. Thank you for your time with this matter.

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