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 streamlined and simple.
To help you navigate the process read this article exhaustively.
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.
Also, if you are applying for a medical card in Michigan or have applied for one in the past, it is important to understand the following:
- All aspects of medical marijuana 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 – or claiming to be able to issue them in the same day – in MI are not legitimate.
How to Get a Medical Marijuana Card?
Residents of Michigan actually have it relatively easy compared to other states in the country in terms of applying for medical marijuana. Here are the basic steps for how to apply for a medical marijuana card in Michigan:
Update: As of December 6, 2018, recreational cannabis is legal in Michigan (due to the passing of Proposal 1). However, recreational dispensaries will not be up and running and adults will not be able to access any marijuana products until early 2020. For the time being, applying for an MMJ card is still the only way to purchase and use legal medical marijuana in Michigan.
You don’t need to be michigan medical card application any form of physician, you just need to be a certified physician by the State of Michgan.
Step 1 – Download the official application and meet with a doctor
The first step to applying for 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 (feel free to get in touch with us for recommendations on where you can go).
Also, beware that many offices will charge a consultation fee that is additional to the state’s application fee.
Step 2 – Complete the application packet and gather supplemental documents
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 that 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)
Also, if you need to have your official caregiver submit your application on your behalf, be advised that the process is somewhat different
Step 3 – Submit the application packet and wait for approval
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).
Eligible Conditions to Receive a Medical Marijuana Card?
The Michigan Medical Marihuana Act, Proposal 1 allows patients suffering from the following conditions to apply for an MMJ card and buy cannabis products from operating dispensaries:
- Hepatitis C
- Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
- Crohn’s Disease
- Agitation of Alzheimer’s Disease
Also, patients suffering from a “chronic or debilitating medical condition” that causes one of the following will be allowed to apply for an MMJ card:
- 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