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Michigan CBD Program

Medical content reviewed by Dr. Joseph Rosado, MD, M.B.A, Chief Medical Officer

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.

How Does Michigan Regulate CBD?

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.

Qualifying Conditions for CBD

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.

Registering as a Patient

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:

  1. Fill out your sections of the Medical Marijuana Program Application Packet. You need to provide personal details and assign a caregiver if applicable.
  2. Visit a doctor and ask them to complete the physician section. Any physician licensed to practice in Michigan can fill it out, but not every doctor will agree. Check out our list of marijuana-friendly doctors to find one near you.
  3. Submit the full application and materials. Remember to include every document required by the state.

Hemp-Derived vs. Marijuana-Derived CBD Medicine

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.