Michigan Legal Information

In 2008, Michigan voters passed the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act, which allows qualifying patients or their designated caregivers to cultivate up to 12 cannabis plants and possess up to 2.5 ounces of usable cannabis. Patients certified by their doctor and registered with the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs are not subject to arrest or prosecution and are protected from civil penalty or disciplinary action by a business or occupational or professional licensing board or bureau. There are currently no statewide regulations covering dispensaries; however, certain municipalities have passed ordinances that permit the businesses. Although dispensaries are not expressly permitted by state law, several local jurisdictions have allowed them to provide access to patients.


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Michigan's Medical Cannabis Laws & Regulations

In 2008, Michigan voters passed the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act through the state's initiative process. The Act is very comprehensive. Its preamble describes its purposes as follows: "AN INITIATION of Legislation to allow under state law the medical use of marihuana; to provide protections for the medical use of marihuana; to provide for a system of registry identification cards for qualifying patients and primary caregivers; to impose a fee for registry application and renewal; to provide for the promulgation of rules; to provide for the administration of this act; to provide for enforcement of this act; to provide for affirmative defenses; and to provide for penalties for violations of this act."

Becoming a Patient in Michigan

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.

Recommending Cannabis in Michigan

Medical professionals recommending medical cannabis must be licensed a Medical Doctor or Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery fully licensed by the state of Michigan. Physicians are required to demonstrate a bona fide physician-patient relationship through...

MI Caregiver, Producer & Provider Info

Every state has varying laws and regulations for caregivers, cultivators and medical cannabis providers. This section includes an overview of state requirements and links to necessary forms and applications.

Facing state or federal charges?

Every state has varying laws and regulations for caregivers, cultivators and medical cannabis providers. This section includes an overview of state requirements and links to necessary forms and applications.