Michigan Medical Marijuana Programs Brings in $10 Million for the State
Posted by Marijuana Doctors on 02/18/2013 in Medical Marijuana News
Talking Points for Medical Marijuana Advocates in Michigan
An annual report to the state legislature as mandated by the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act illustrates the net positive effects Medical Marijuana has on Michigan. The report shows that over $10 million in revenue was collected from the state’s medical marijuana program in the 2012 fiscal year. The program cost $3.6 million to administer while the revenue earned was greater by 156%.
Michigan earned $10 million on 124,131 patients in 2012 with new and renewing medical marijuana patients. New and renewing registration costs medical marijuana patients $100 while those that demonstrate low-income are charged $25. Once registered, patients are permitted to acquire up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana and grow up to 12 plants.
The report also illustrates the maturity of medical marijuana patients in obeying state guidelines. Out of the 124,000 Michigan medical marijuana cards issued, there were no cards revoked in 2012. Michigan law requires expulsion from the medical marijuana program for those convicted of distributing marijuana to anyone not authorized for medical marijuana use.
The medical marijuana program has been established in Michigan since 2008 when 63% of voters passed Proposal 1. Proposal 1 removed state-level penalties on the use, possession and cultivation of medical cannabis who possess a Michigan Medical Marijuana Card. To obtain a Michigan Medical Marijuana Card, one must first obtain a recommendation from a Michigan medical marijuana doctor and then submit a form that can be approved by the state.
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