Getting a Michigan Medical Marijuana License – State Laws Info

Updated on August 31, 2020.  Medical content reviewed by Dr. Joseph Rosado, MD, M.B.A, Chief Medical Officer

Michigan began formulating legalized medical marijuana back in 2008 when voters approved the measure. The initiation of Legislation legalized the medical use of marihuana.  It also provided legal protection for patients and established a statewide marihuana patient registry.

Part of the legislation also provided for cannabis legal reform, with changes to affirmative defenses [Act 283, Eff. Dec. 20 2016]. The measures were legalized in 2008 though the Michigan Compassionate Care Initiative, which was passed with a 63% approval rating by resident vote.

In 2018, the legalization of Adult-Use or recreational cannabis was made law, with a 56% majority vote.  Sales of recreational marijuana in Michigan began in December of 2019.

If you have been thinking about getting a Michigan medical marijuana license, you need to know some legal requirements and procedures before you get started.

Who Can Qualify for a Michigan Medical Marijuana Card?

Patients over the age of eighteen (21) years can apply for their medical marijuana card.  Patients are required to have one or more of the qualifying health conditions or symptoms.  Patients with chronic or severe symptoms, rare diseases, or terminal illnesses under 18 years must have a designated caregiver.

The minor will still be required to undergo a health evaluation by a board-certified physician in Michigan.  This can also be a pediatric review, or in partnership with a child disease specialist.  When the caregiver completes the minor’s application, they must provide legal documentation that confirms guardianship and Medical Durable Power of Attorney for the child. Patient applications for minors may not be completed online; they must be submitted as a paper application.

Adult patients aged 18 years or older must create a patient account with the Michigan Medical Marijuana Program (MMMP).  Once the secure online account is created, patients must schedule an appointment with an active Michigan physician for a health evaluation.

What Do You Have to Provide to Get a Michigan Medical Marijuana Card?

Patients applying for approval and entry into the Michigan medical marijuana program must provide a completed application form.  They must also submit the Physician Certification Form.  This is the document that is provided by the Michigan doctor after the health evaluation.  The fee for the medical evaluation varies by provider.

A copy of a Michigan driver’s license or another form of government-issued photo identification is needed.  Proof of identity can also include a copy of a valid Michigan voter registration.  Proof of residency in Michigan can be provided with any government-issued document that shows the applicant’s date of birth, name, and address.

The Michigan medical marijuana card is valid for twenty-four (24) months.  The renewal is required up to 60 days before the expiration of the medical marijuana license.

Michigan Marijuana Physicians Must Have a Bona Fide Patient Relationship

A physician can conduct a medical marijuana card health evaluation on a first and initial visit with the patient in some states.  However, in Michigan, the physician must treat the patient on multiple visits before he or she can provide a marijuana card health evaluation.

To establish a patient/physician relationship, multiple visits are required to the doctor before they can evaluate your eligibility for a Michigan medical marijuana card.  Patients must fill out the MMMP Michigan medical marijuana application form, and then submit it with proof of residency and the physician recommendation.

How is the Quality of Cannabis in Michigan Controlled?

If you are getting a Michigan medical marijuana license, you may be wondering about the safety and quality of cannabis products that are cultivated in the state.  When you have received your medical marijuana card, you will be able to visit any licensed dispensary to purchase cannabis.

The Michigan Medical Marijuana Program (MMMP) administers the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act.  The Metrc is the statewide seed-to-sale marijuana tracking system that uses a serial number to tag every plan cultivated in Michigan.  It also serves to monitor the inventory of seedlings and mature plants, and the serialization follows each cannabis plant through processing, manufacturing, and retail sale for product safety.

The standards for safe cultivation in Michigan are taken from an industry-standard resource.  The Cannabis Inflorescence: Standards of Identity, Analysis, and Quality Control monograph from the American Herbal Pharmacopeia provides the safety guidelines that Michigan cultivation and processing laws are based on.

To remain compliant, a production facility must conduct ongoing batch quality assurance tests on all marijuana produced in the state.  The tests check moisture content, potency, and THC levels, microbes and mycotoxin screening, and check for fungus, insecticides, fungicides, and terpene levels.

State Laws and Regulations for the Medical Marijuana Program in Michigan

The Michigan Marihuana Act & Rules provides legislation for the state medical marijuana program.  Medical marijuana regulations and amendments are standard, and patients should bookmark the Michigan Medical Marijuana Program (MMMP) website.

Michigan Department of Health (Medical Marijuana Program) patient resource pages and legislation resource links are as follows:

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How to Get a Medical Marijuana Card in Michigan

  1. Patients must obtain legitimate medical records or documentation from their primary care physician describing the diagnosis – *Learn how to request your medical records
  2. Patients need a signed Physician’s Statement from a physician, currently licensed to practice medicine in Michigan – *Find a certified medical marijuana physician in Michigan
  3. Patients must be a Michigan resident, with a valid proof of residency.
  4. To qualify, a patient needs to be diagnosed by a physician as having one of the following debilitating medical conditions that is specifically identified in the law:
    • Cachexia or wasting syndrome;
    • severe and chronic pain
    • Severe nausea
    • Seizures, including those characteristic of epilepsy; or
    • Severe and persistent muscle spasms, including those characteristic of multiple sclerosis
    • OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder), Chronic Pain, Spinal Cord Injury, Autism, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Tourette’s Syndrome, Arthritis, Parkinson’s Disease, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Ulcerative Colitis
    • and, any other medical condition or treatment for a medical condition adopted by the department by rule.
  5. Patients are required to register with the Michigan Medical Marijuana Program (MMMP). Registration is mandatory.
  6. The patient registry application fee is $60 – for both new and renewal applications.
  7. Fill out the appropriate application:
    Have a Michigan Licensed MD or DO complete and sign the Physician Certification form, which is included in the application form above.

  8. Mail the application and Physician Certification to the Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) along with the following documents:
    • Copy of Patient’s Photo Identification
    • Copy of Patient’s Photo Identification
    • Caregiver Attestation (if applicable; included in the application form)
    • Copy of Caregiver’s Photo Identification (if applicable)
  9. Submit application to:
    Michigan Medical Marijuana Program
    Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs
    Bureau of Professional Licensing
    PO Box 30083
    Lansing, MI 48909
    Phone: 517-284-6400
    EmailBHP-MMMPINFO@michigan.gov
    WebsiteMichigan Medical Marijuana Program
    * Your application will be approved or denied within 15 days of receipt by the MDCH. Please remember to retain a copy of your application for your files.

Michigan Medical Marijuana Application Forms and Instructions

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