Updated on April 9, 2019. Medical content reviewed by Dr. Joseph Rosado, MD, M.B.A, Chief Medical Officer
Patients in Michigan diagnosed with one of the following severe, debilitating, or life-threatening medical conditions, are afforded legal protection under the Michigan Medical Marihuana law, as per “Michigan Medical Marihuana Act” — Proposal 1:
Proposal 1, “Michigan Medical Marihuana Act”, was approved by voters on November 04, 2008 (effective December 04, 2008) removed state-level criminal penalties on the use, possession and cultivation of marijuana by patients possessing the medical recommendation from their physician, stating that he or she may benefit from the medical use of marijuana.
House Bill 4851, signed on April 01, 2013, amended the law, enforcing a “bona fide physician-patient relationship”.
The Michigan Supreme Court ruled medical marijuana dispensaries illegal, in “The State of Michigan vs. McQueen”, on February 08, 2013. Michigan medical marijuana patients may cultivate and grow their own marijuana, or they may appoint a cannabis caregiver — who may care for no more than five patients.
As of November 2018, as per the MMP website, there are no licensed provisioning centers in the state of Michigan. Patients who want to acquire Medical Marijuana or related products from Licensed Provisioning Centers in the future must present a valid Registry ID Card when they do purchase.
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 doctors in Michigan will supply patients with a medical marijuana recommendation in compliance with state law.
According to Michigan medical marijuana laws, the maximum amount patients may legally possess up to two and one-half (2.5) ounces of usable medical marijuana. And twelve cannabis plants, which must be kept in an enclosed and locked facility, should the patient choose not appoint a caregiver to cultivate their marijuana.
Patients meeting Michigan medical marijuana qualifications in Oakland County saw their access preserved — for the short-term, at least — when a judge ruled police had unjustly attempted to close a dispensary. The police claimed the owner was using the facility as a cover to illegally sell recreational weed, but he maintained he was running a legitimate operation. The owner said police had seized not only cannabis from the dispensary, but also property, money and even Christmas presents he had purchased for his children.
The local police said the seizures were warranted because the man was growing weed to supply to the black market, but a judge ruled otherwise. He ruled not only did police need to stop harassing the man, but they also had to return $10,000 in cash they seized from the dispensary owner. A hearing to determine whether or not the rest of the owner’s property would be returned was not expected until August 2017.
Unfortunately, patients meeting medical marijuana qualifications in Michigan cannot legally purchase cannabis in Plymouth, MI. The town council decided in April 2017 not to vote on a resolution banning the sale of medical weed within the city limits. The failure to vote on the issue is the same as voting no.
The town’s Board of Trustees refused to allow patients to legally obtain medical cannabis, despite the mountain of evidence showing marijuana has therapeutic properties that can help people suffering from many medical conditions.
If you would like to learn more about the issue of medical cannabis in Michigan, such as how to qualify for a medical marijuana card in the state, check back with MarijuanaDoctors.com. We’ll keep you updated as developments warrant. Not only do we strive to be your go-to source regarding medical cannabis, we also want you to be as well informed as possible.