You’ve probably heard about the medical miracle that is marijuana and want to give it a shot. But you’re probably wondering: how do I get medical marijuana in Michigan? It’s not like it grows on trees (well, it does just not the ones you can easily access!). Since marijuana is still illegal at a federal level and at state level if used recreationally, it’s not easy to get a hold of it unless you have a special medical marijuana card.
So what is this card, you ask? Under Michigan law, medical marijuana patients have to register with the Michigan Medical Marihuana Program (MMMP) in order to get a Medical Marihuana Registry Identification Card.
For short, let’s just call it The Card.
The Card is pretty awesome for anyone who suffers from a debilitating condition and wants to access medical marijuana. It basically makes you exempt from state law which otherwise would probably throw you in jail for using or carrying marijuana.
It’s your ninja pass for weed.
Being in possession of The Card entitles you to:
- Grow your own weed- you are allowed to grow up to 12 plants at one time in a locked room. If cannabis-growing is your thing, of course.
- Access to dispensaries- instead of shady, back-room buying with no guarantee as to the quality of the cannabis, being a holder of The Card means that you can walk into any medical marijuana dispensary (such as ours!) and access a great variety of high-quality weed. Of course, not all dispensaries were created alike so be careful when choosing your dispensary.
- Get-Out-Of-Jail-free Card: like, literally. You will not go to jail for possessing, using or growing what is otherwise an (unfairly) illegal substance. You can carry 2.5 ounces of marijuana at any one time and cannot be discriminated against by your employer for using it if you’re following your doctor’s instructions.
By now, you’re probably thinking “Great! Sign me up!”. Of course, as with all good things, there is a caveat (there always is, isn’t there?).
Step 1: Find out if you qualify for The Card
To qualify for The Card, you need to have one of the following conditions:
- Hepatitis C
- Crohn’s disease
- Nail patella
- Any chronic disease which causes chronic pain, severe nausea, wasting syndrome, seizures or severe muscle spasms
Step 2: Find a doctor who will help you get The Card
As you may have already discovered from your own experience (or by reading our free eBook about the real reasons your doctor won’t prescribe marijuana), finding a medical marijuana doctor in Michigan can be pretty hard. Of course, this isn’t always the case and some people have found it very easy to find a doctor who will support their push to access marijuana to help them deal with their illness. Thankfully, if you happen to be in the former camp, there are websites you can visit that will help you find a doctor willing to talk to you. One such website is Marijuana Doctors. Here, you will find an exhaustive list of doctors that would be happy to speak with you about your condition and whether or not you would qualify for medical marijuana. This website will let you see their profiles and get all the details you need before you book an appointment.
Step 3: Apply for The Card
Once you’ve seen your doctor and he/she thinks you qualify for The Card, you may now go ahead and begin the application process with the Michigan Medical Marihuana Program. The following is a list of things you will need for your application:
- Medical records from your doctor describing the diagnosis
- A signed Physician’s Statement from a physician, currently licensed to practice medicine in Michigan
- Valid proof of residency in Michigan.
- Fill out your application form- MMMP – Application Form and Instructions
- Mail your application and Physician Statement to the Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) along with the following documents:
- Copy of your Photo ID
- Caregiver Attestation (if applying for a minor)
- Copy of Caregiver’s Photo Identification (if applicable)
- A check or money order in the amount of the application made payable to State of Michigan—MMMP (there’s a reduced fee of $25.00 if currently enrolled in Medicaid or receiving SSI or SSD (include proof if you are a recipient of Medicaid, SSI or SSD))
- Submit application to:
Michigan Medical Marihuana Program
Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs
Bureau of Professional Licensing
PO Box 30083
Lansing, MI 48909
You can also find out more about the application process here.
Step 4: Find a good dispensary
Once you have The Card, your next and final stop is the marijuana dispensary. Starting medical marijuana for the first time can be a confusing time so you will need all the help and support you can get. As Houghton’s only permitted medical marijuana center, we have the experience to help you through this time and provide you with the products that will be of most help to you. Need advice? Schedule a call or a visit with us or message us directly on Facebook!