Michigan Medical Marijuana License
Why You Need a Marijuana License in Michigan
Approved in November of 2008, the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act protects the legal rights of the Michigan medical marijuana license of those patients who enroll in the Michigan patient registry (which is always kept confidential). For the patients who do not register and are subsequently arrested for possession of marijuana or marijuana paraphernalia will not be able to claim “medical necessity” to the arresting officer(s).
Please remember that just because you may have a Michigan medical marijuana license patient registration card, it does not allow you to possess more than two and a half ounces of marijuana. It also is certainly not a license to smoke weed in public.
What You Will Need from Your PhysicianTo get an Michigan medical marijuana license you will need a certified statement signed by a Michigan doctor that you were personally examined. As well, your doctor must also state that you have been diagnosed with a debilitating medical condition. Also claiming that they have considered other approved treatments and medications which may provide relief, that are reasonably available and tolerable to you (the patient), and lastly, that your doctor has concluded you will benefit from the use of medical marijuana. Your doctor will need to give you a sworn application on a form provided by the Department of Community Health containing the following information:
- Your name, address, date of birth, and Michigan driver’s license, passport or identification card number
- The doctor’s name, address, and telephone number
- The name, address, date of birth, and Michigan identification card number of your primary or alternate caregiver if either is designated at the time of application, along with the statements required.
- If the patient is a minor the department will not issue a registry identification card, unless the following has been agreed to and met:
- The qualifying patient’s physician has explained the potential risks and benefits of the medical use of marijuana to the qualifying patient and to his or her parent or legal guardian
- The qualifying patient’s parent or legal guardian submits a written certification from two (2) physicians
- The qualifying patient’s parent or legal guardian consents in writing to allow the qualifying patient’s medical use of marijuana; serve as the qualifying patient’s primary caregiver; and control the acquisition of the marijuana, the dosage, and the frequency of the medical use of marijuana by the qualifying patient.
Michigan Medical Marijuana CaregiverA person may be listed as the primary caregiver for a patient if the caregiver submits a sworn statement on a form provided by the Department. The primary caregiver must also be included on the form at the time the Michigan medical marijuana license application is being completed. The primary or alternate caregiver:
- Must be at least 21 years of age
- Must never have been convicted of a felony offense or a law or ordinance of another jurisdiction
- Must not currently be on probation or parole from Michigan Department of Corrections or any other jurisdiction nationwide.
Michigan Medical Marijuana License LawsProposal 08-1 limits the restrictions on the use of medical marijuana and is mainly a legislative permit fort he use and cultivation of marijuana for specified (specific) medical conditions. We have included many excerpts of the proposal below but if you want all of the information you can freely download the Michigan state statute by clicking this link: Michigan Medical Marijuana Act PDF (Adobe PDF reader will be needed) Or, you can read about it on the following page: Michigan Medical Marijuana License Act As a patient you may legally possess no more than two and a half ounces of usable marijuana. If the patient does not have a primary caregiver to cultivate the marijuana for them, the patient is then allowed to grow no more than 12 marijuana plants in an enclosed, locked facility.
You may not do the following with your medical marijuana license or product:
- You may not openly display your marijuana outside the place where you can lawfully possess it
- You may not operate, navigate, or be in actual physical control of any motor vehicle, aircraft, or motorboat while under the influence of weed.
- You may not use medical marijuana in plain view of the general public
- You may not possess more than two and a half (2.5) ounces of medical marijuana at any given time
- You may only be allowed to grow (cultivate) 12 plants unless your caregiver is able to grow them for you
- You may not use on the grounds of any preschool primary or secondary school
- You may not use on a school bus
- You may not use in a corrections facility or medical facility
- You may not sell or distribute your medical marijuana to any person.
- You may not use marijuana if you do not have a debilitating or serious medical condition.
Approved Conditions for a Michigan Medical Marijuana License For Qualifying Patients
- Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
- Chronic Pain
- Hepatitis C
- HIV | AIDS
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Nail Patella
- … Any other medical condition or its treatment approved by the Department of Community Health.
Disclaimer: We are not attorneys or legal professionals. The information above is gathered from public sources and is our best interpretation. For this and any other legal matters please consult a qualified, reputable attorney.