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Michigan Medical Marijuana Qualification

Who Qualifies for Medicinal Marijuana in Michigan

On November 4, 2008, Michigan voters approved the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act (MMMA), which allows seriously ill patients to use medical marijuana (also referred to as medical weed, medical pot or medical cannabis). The Act permits an individual with a qualifying debilitating medical condition to register as a medical marijuana patient with the Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) and avoid criminal penalties under state law for certain medical uses of marijuana. The Michigan Medical Marihuana Program (MMMP) was established to administer the registration program provided for in Michigan medical marijuana law. The MMMP reviews applications submitted by patients and caregivers wishing to participate in the MMMP and issues medical marihuana registration identification cards to those individuals whose applications are approved.

Read the full text of the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act here.

How to Qualify for Medical Marijuana in Michigan

To qualify to use medical marijuana in the state of Michigan, a patient must:

What Ailments Can Be Treated with Medical Cannabis in Michigan?

Patients must suffer from a debilitating medical condition, defined by the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act as:

  • Cancer, Glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, hepatitis C, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), Crohn's disease, agitation of Alzheimer's disease, or nail patella.
  • A chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition or its treatment that produces one or more of the following:
  • any other medical condition or treatment for a medical condition adopted by the department by rule.

Medical Marijuana Access

Some medical marijuana patients will claim they have a doctor's prescription for medical marijuana, but marijuana prescriptions are in fact illegal. The federal government classifies marijuana as a schedule I drug. Therefore doctors are unable to prescribe marijuana to their patients, and medical marijuana patients cannot go to a pharmacy to fill a prescription for medical marijuana. Instead, medical marijuana physicians will supply patients with a medical marijuana recommendation in compliance with Michigan state law.

According to Michigan marijuana laws, patients and their caregivers are allowed to grow medical marijuana only for the qualified patient's private medical use; they can possess up to 2.5 usable ounces and 12 plants; and they cannot purchase or sell medical cannabis.

How to Contact the MMMP

The Michigan Medical Marihuana Program is administered by the Bureau of Health Professions, Department of Community Health.

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 30083
Lansing, Michigan   48909

Street Address:

611 W. Ottawa Street
Lansing, Michigan   48933

Telephone Number:


Email Address:  BHP-MMMPINFO@michigan.gov