Michigan Medical Marijuana Program

Michigan medical marijuana cardMichigan passed a law in 2008 that legalized the medical use of marijuana for those who qualify. Under this law, patients may possess up to 2.5 ounces of medical marijuana and 12 plants, as long as the plants are kept in a locked and secure space.

Michigan has more recently legalized recreational use of marijuana, although retail stores are not expected to open until some point in 2020.

Registering for a medical marijuana card in Michigan is not difficult, but the process can at first be intimidating. This article will provide all you need to know to get a medical marijuana card in Michigan.

Qualifying Conditions & Requirements

Under Michigan’s medical marijuana law, patients may be recommended marijuana for the following conditions:

  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
  • Arthritis
  • Austism
  • Cachexia or wasting syndrome
  • Cancer
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Colitis
  • Chronic pain
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Glaucoma
  • HIV or AIDS
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Hepatitis C
  • Nail patella
  • Nausea
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Parkinson’s
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Seizures
  • Severe and persistent muscle spasms
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Tourette’s syndrome
  • Ulcerative colitis

To apply for a Michigan Medical Marijuana Card, you must meet the following requirements:

  • You must be a resident of Michigan
  • You must obtain your medical records, which indicate that you have been diagnosed by a Michigan-certified physician as having a qualifying medical condition.
  • You must receive written documentation from your physician that indicates you may benefit from the medical use of marijuana

How to Apply For a Medical Marijuana Card in Michigan:

The Michigan Medical Marijuana Program is administered by the Bureau of Health Professions, Department of Community Health. You can either send a paper application or fill out an application online (recommended). For those who choose to apply online, you will need to set up an account with the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA), the organization which regulates cannabis-related matters.

Renewal Requirements

Patients in the state of Michigan must annually renew medical marijuana recommendations, and then resubmit their application to get a new patient card.