Who Uses Medical Marijuana in Michigan?
Posted by Marijuana Doctors on 02/09/2011 in Medical Marijuana
The great state of Michigan officially became the 13th state to legalize the medical use of marijuana on November 4, 2008, when Michigan voters passed the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act (MMMA). The marijuana law removed state level penalties for patients who receive a doctor’s recommendation, register with the state’s Michigan Medical Marijuana Program, and are properly diagnosed with one of the law’s qualifying medical conditions, which include cancer, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, hepatitis C, severe and chronic pain and a variety of other ailments.
Since the passing of the law, tens of thousands of Michigan medical marijuana patients have taken advantage of being able to legally use, grow and possess this valuable medicine under state law. The latest statistics from the Michigan Medical Marijuana Program (MMMP) report that since April 6, 2009 there have been:
- 87,973 original and renewal applications received
- 49,283 patient registrations issued
- 10,186 applications denied – most due to incomplete application or missing documentation
The Michigan Medical Marijuana Program hasn’t yet released statistics on the ages of the patients or the medical conditions that the patients are using cannabis for, but one thing is for certain: medical marijuana patients come from all walks of life. So if you’re wondering who uses medical marijuana in Michigan, they are likely no different. Medical Marijuana Michigan patients are mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, aunts and uncles. They are men and women. They come from all socio-economic backgrounds. And they encompass every age range. Although they are different, they all have one thing in common: they find medical marijuana to be an extremely effective medicine.