Medical content reviewed by Dr. Richard Koffler, MD, Board Certified Physiatrist
While products made with cannabidiol (CBD) come from marijuana, they sometimes undergo different regulations than cannabis medicine. CBD does not cause a high like marijuana and can come from hemp in sufficient amounts. The state of Michigan makes a few distinctions between the two medications.
The only 100 percent legal way to get CBD medicine in Michigan is through the medical marijuana program. It has ambiguous laws regarding hemp-based CBD. In May, state authorities declared any CBD derived from marijuana as a type of cannabis medicine. Therefore, marijuana-based CBD falls under the regulations of the medicinal cannabis program.
Hemp-based CBD products have much more unclear regulations. Any cannabis plant with less than 0.3 percent tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) counts as hemp. But, the hemp industry only includes universities conducting research on it. Federal laws place hemp CBD in a gray area. Many people can get it without legal persecution. But, Michigan authorities sometimes send cease-and-desist letters to stores that sell it.
For the safest products and most legal protections, patients should join the medical marijuana registry if possible. A medicinal cannabis card keeps them safe from punishment under state law.
You must have one of the state’s qualifying health issues to join the Michigan medical marijuana program. These ailments include:
Michigan considers many more conditions valid for program registration. See the full list by visiting our guide to qualifying for Michigan cannabis medicine.
If you think you have one of the program’s eligible conditions, you can sign up for the state registry. Follow these steps to register:
While hemp CBD has ambiguous rules in Michigan, you don’t have to worry about this confusion with marijuana CBD. We recommend joining the Michigan Medical Marijuana Program to receive the protections and services afforded to you. Locate a cannabis-positive doctor today to begin the application.