Becoming a Patient in Michigan

Summary

In Michigan, a patient with a debilitating disease whose doctor recommends marijuana may use medical marijuana with the proper state-issued ID. A patient may elect to have a primary caregiver assist them in growing and using marijuana.

What's Legal

As a patient, you may have up to 2.5 ounces of usable marijuana. If you do not have a primary caregiver who will cultivate marijuana for you, you may keep up to 12 plants in an enclosed, locked facility. Primary caregivers may have up to 2.5 ounces and 12 plants for each patient they care for. You may possess pipes, vaporizers, and growing equipment.

Eligible Conditions

  • cancer
  • glaucoma
  • HIV/AIDS
  • hepatitis C
  • amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease)
  • Crohn's disease
  • Alzheimer's disease
  • nail patella (NPS or Turner-Kiser syndrome)
  • cachexia or wasting syndrome
  • severe and chronic pain
  • severe nausea
  • seizures, including those characteristic of epilepsy
  • severe and persistent muscle spasms, including those characteristic of multiple sclerosis.
  • any other medical condition approved later on by rulemaking
    • post traumatic stress syndrome as added via rulemaking on March 14, 2014

Application Process

After your licensed doctor recommends medical marijuana, you must complete an application and send it to the Michigan Department of Community Health. You must pay an application fee of $100, unless you are currently enrolled in Medicaid or receiving SSI or SSD, then you must pay $25. Application and instructions can be found here for adults, and here for minors.

Doctor

Any Doctor of Medicine (MD) or Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) licensed in Michigan can recommend a patient for the Michigan marijuana program. Your doctor must sign a written statement saying that in your doctor's professional opinion you are likely to receive therapeutic benefit from the medical use of marijuana to treat or alleviate your debilitating medical condition or symptoms associated with the condition This written recommendation must be submitted to the Michigan Department of Community Health with your application and fee.

Access/ Caregivers

Primary caregivers may cultivate marijuana for qualifying patients and patients may grow medicine for themselves. A person can be a caregiver for up to five patients. Caregivers can also receive compensation for the costs of their services. Make sure you do not cultivate more than the law allows.

Consumption

Do not medicate on school grounds, in a school bus, or while driving or operating heavy machinery.

Confidentiality

The state maintains a confidential list of the people who have been issued ID cards. Individual names and other identifying information on the list are confidential.

Housing

Nothing in Michigan's medical marijuana law specifically addresses whether or not you can be evicted due to your status as a medical marijuana patient, even if you have only the amount of medical marijuana allowed by law. Also, the Act does not address whether or not a person can be a medical marijuana patient and live in subsidized housing. If you have questions about these important issues, Americans for Safe Access recommends you talk to an attorney to learn about your rights and protections.

Employment

The law prohibits disciplinary action by a business or occupational or professional licensing board based solely on a person's status as a medical marijuana patient. The law does not require an employer to accommodate your use of marijuana in the workplace.

Child Custody

A patient shall not be denied custody or visitation of a minor for using medical marijuana, unless the patient's behavior is such that it creates an unreasonable danger to the minor.

Visiting Qualified Patients

Visiting qualifying patients, or patients from other states with an equivalent state-issued marijuana ID card, are protected by Michigan's medical marijuana laws.

For more information

http://www.michiganmedicalmarijuana.org/: Site for Michigan medical marijuana patients

Text of the statute

State Department of Community Health

Michigan Department of Community Health: Michigan Marihuana Program (MMMP)
Bureau of Health Professions
611 W. Ottawa Street
Lansing, Michigan 48933
Phone: (517) 373-0395
Email:bhp-mmmpinfo@michigan.gov

Program Overview: Michigan Medical Marihuana Program Application and Forms

Frequently Asked Questions

Contact Michigan Medical Marihuana Program