Michigan Medical Marijuana Qualification
Who Qualifies for Medicinal Marijuana in Michigan
On November 4, 2008, Michigan voters approved the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act (MMMA), which allows seriously ill patients to use medical marijuana (also referred to as medical weed, medical pot or medical cannabis). The Act permits an individual with a qualifying debilitating medical condition to register as a medical marijuana patient with the Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) and avoid criminal penalties under state law for certain medical uses of marijuana. The Michigan Medical Marihuana Program (MMMP) was established to administer the registration program provided for in Michigan medical marijuana law. The MMMP reviews applications submitted by patients and caregivers wishing to participate in the MMMP and issues medical marihuana registration identification cards to those individuals whose applications are approved.
Read the full text of the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act here.
How to Qualify for Medical Marijuana in Michigan
To qualify to use medical marijuana in the state of Michigan, a patient must:
- Obtain a copy of your medical records indicating diagnosis of a qualifying condition, as listed below. Be sure to bring these records with you to your marijuana evaluation appointment. Learn how to request your medical records.
- Receive a recommendation from a Michigan licensed MD or DO. Find a qualified medical marijuana doctor in Michigan here.
- Register with the Michigan Department of Community Health to obtain a medical marijuana card.
What Ailments Can Be Treated with Medical Cannabis in Michigan?
Patients must suffer from a debilitating medical condition, defined by the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act as:
- Cancer, Glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, hepatitis C, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Crohn’s disease, agitation of Alzheimer’s disease, or nail patella.
- A chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition or its treatment that produces one or more of the following:
- 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
- any other medical condition or treatment for a medical condition adopted by the department by rule.
Medical Marijuana Access
Some medical marijuana patients will claim they have a doctor’s prescription for medical marijuana, butprescriptions are marijuana 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 physicians will supply patients with a medical marijuana recommendation in compliance with Michigan state law.
According to Michigan marijuana laws, patients and their caregivers are allowed to grow medical marijuana only for the qualified patient’s private medical use; they can possess up to 2.5 usable ounces and 12 plants; and they cannot purchase or sell medical cannabis.
How to Contact the MMMP
The Michigan Medical Marihuana Program is administered by the Bureau of Health Professions, Department of Community Health.
P.O. Box 30083 Lansing, Michigan 48909
611 W. Ottawa Street Lansing, Michigan 48933
Telephone Number: 517-373-0395
Email Address: BHP-MMMPINFO@michigan.gov