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Michigan Cannabis Facts

Updated on April 30, 2020.  Medical content reviewed by Dr. Joseph Rosado, MD, M.B.A, Chief Medical Officer

Michigan in 2018 became the first Midwestern state to allow both medical and recreational marijuana use. The law allows anyone 21 or older to possess up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana, and to grow as many as 12 plants at home.

Registration with the state is mandatory in order to receive a valid medical marijuana card in Michigan, but the state also recognizes cards from other states. The law requires that a patient have an established relationship with the doctor who writes his or her medical marijuana recommendation.

Michigan Medical Marijuana Facts

  • Pain was the most common qualifying condition claimed by Michigan medical marijuana patients in March 2020. About half of all patients on the state registry listed chronic or severe pain as a reason. Arthritis accounted for about a quarter of users, according to the state.
  • Curious Michigan marijuana fact: the state, and thus all legal documents, officially spell MARIHUANA with an “h” instead of the usual spelling with a “j.” No explanation is given for this other than it being an acceptable spelling.
  • The law has very strong built-in doctor protections: a doctor may not be arrested, prosecuted or penalized in any manner, or be denied any right or privilege, for discussing medical marijuana with a patient. This includes protection from civil penalties and disciplinary actions by state medical boards.
  • Caregivers are allowed to grow and possess medical marijuana for as many as five patients.
  • Michigan law requires that MMMP approve or deny an application within 15 business days of the date the application is received.

If you would like to learn more marijuana facts for Michigan or any other state, visit on a regular basis. We will provide updated information as developments in this extremely important issue warrant.

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