How To Get Medical Marijuana Cards In Michigan [2020 Update]
Did you know that Michigan was the first Midwest state to legalize recreational marijuana?
Did you know that you can get marijuana delivered to your door in Michigan?
Did you know, even though marijuana is legal in Michigan, if you cross the line and get caught with more than the legal limit you can lose your driver’s license, pay huge fines, and even go to prison?
We’ll cover these topics and more in this article about Michigan’s medical marijuana program. Let’s jump right in.
Michigan Medical Marijuana Qualifying Conditions
In order to get a medical marijuana card in Michigan, you must get a written certification from a state-licensed doctor. Physicians are required to testify that you have one of the qualifying conditions and that marijuana may provide relief from your ailment.
Here is a list of the Michigan medical marijuana qualifying conditions:
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
- Cachexia or wasting syndrome
- Cerebral Palsy
- Chronic Pain
- Crohn’s disease
- HIV or AIDS
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease
- Hepatitis C
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Severe and persistent muscle spasms
- Spinal cord injury
- Tourette’s syndrome
- Ulcerative colitis
Michigan Medical Marijuana Overview
In November 2008, Michigan voters approved Proposal 1, aka the Michigan Compassionate Care Initiative. Under the new law, patients suffering from a list of medical conditions were permitted to possess up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana.
Although Prop 1 was opposed by law enforcement officials and Michigan’s “drug czar,” it was, nonetheless, approved with nearly two-thirds of voters in favor.
There was one problem, however. The measure did not implement a regulated system of cultivation and distribution. It did, however, allow patients and caregivers to grow up to 12 marijuana plants at home.
It took another ten years for the state legislature to implement a state-regulated market and the first medical marijuana dispensaries began to pop up in November of 2018.
Michigan Marijuana Q&A
What Is The History Michigan Marijuana Laws?
The era of legal weed began in Michigan in November 2008 when Michigan became the 13th state in the U.S. to institute a medical marijuana program.
Ten years later, In November 2018, with the passage Proposal 1, aka the Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marihuana Act, Michigan became the 10th state in the U.S. and the first in the Midwest to legalize recreational marijuana.
The first recreational cannabis dispensaries are expected to open in early 2020.
Before Michigan legalized marijuana, the possession of any amount was considered a misdemeanor offense punishable by up to one year in prison and a $2,000 fine. However, in the years leading up to statewide legalization, many cities in Michigan decriminalized marijuana or made the enforcement of marijuana laws the lowest priority.
The first city to decriminalize marijuana in Michigan was Ann Arbor. This took place way, way back in 1972. It would be another four decades before other cities began to follow Ann Arbor’s lead with Kalamazoo leading the pack in 2012. By 2015 more than 20 cities in the state had followed suit.
Among the cities to decriminalize marijuana were:
- Ann Arbor (1972)
- Kalamazoo (2012)
- Detroit (2012)
- Flint (2012)
- Grand Rapids (2012)
- Ypsilanti (2012)
- Ferndale (2013)
- Jackson (2013)
- Lansing (2013)
- Hazel Park (2014)
- Oak Park (2014)
- Berkley (2014)
- Huntington Woods (2014)
- Mount Pleasant (2014)
- Pleasant Ridge (2014)
- Port Huron (2014)
- Saginaw (2014)
- East Lansing (2015)
- Keego Harbor (2015)
- Portage (2015)
In the first half of 2019, there was considerable movement on the part of lawmakers to upgrade and improve the state’s medical and recreational marijuana laws.
For one thing, a system was put in place that allows Michigan medical marijuana patients to register online. Moreover, the new system allows patients to purchase marijuana as soon as they receive a confirmation email. Before this move, the process of getting a medical marijuana card was cumbersome and slow taking up to five weeks after a patient was approved before they were eligible for legal protections granted under the state’s medical marijuana laws.
Another big win for medical patients as well as anyone who lives in Michigan cities that banned marijuana dispensaries is the recent approval of home delivery of medical marijuana. As of the time of writing, three dispensaries in the state have already been granted licenses to deliver marijuana and many more will likely follow. This is, in part, an attempt to squelch black market sales in areas where pot is unavailable, as well as to make it easier for medical patients to obtain medicine.
Now, before we get into the details of the state’s medical program, let’s talk briefly about what happens if you cross the line and get caught with more than your legal share of marijuana in Michigan.
What Are The Current Michigan Marijuana Laws?
Sure, marijuana is legal in Michigan, but that doesn’t give everyone carte blanche to start their own pot farm or sell marijuana. If you’re caught with more than the legal limit or you’re caught selling any amount, you could be facing years in prison and huge fines.
Let’s take a look at some of the details of Michigan marijuana laws:
- Public consumption of marijuana – First off, smoking weed in public, or using it in any form for that matter, is prohibited in Michigan.
- Michigan marijuana possession limits – Adults 21 years of age or older are permitted to carry up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana outside of their home. Also, residents are permitted to hold a whopping 10 ounces within their home. These are quite generous allowances and no one should need to exceed these limits. If you’ve got more than 2.5 ounces of marijuana at home everything over that limit must be stored in a secure container.
- Michigan home-grown marijuana plant limits – Interestingly, although you have to be 21 to walk around in public with weed, adults of any age are permitted to grow their own. There’s a strict limit of 12 cannabis plants. Your crop must be in a secured area and must not be visible from a public place.
- Michigan marijuana concentrate limits – Michigan residents are permitted to possess a maximum of 15 grams of concentrate. Again, a very generous allowance.
- Michigan marijuana possession penalties – If you’re caught with more than 2.5 ounces of marijuana in public, but under 5.0 ounces, you’re looking at a civil infraction which is punishable by a maximum fine of $500. The cops also get to keep your stash. Furthermore, if you’re caught in possession of pot within 1,000 feet of a park, the judge will have the discretion of sentencing you to a misdemeanor or a felony. The felony conviction can get you up to 2 years in prison and cost you up to $2,000 in fines. These fines are in addition to the heavy costs of having an experienced lawyer in order to avoid going to jail.
- Michigan marijuana sale/distribution penalties – If you “transfer” up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana to a legal age friend or family member, as long as you don’t charge them money, you’re safe. Anything over that and up to 5 ounces is a civil infraction which comes with a maximum $500 fine. Actually selling marijuana is where things get dicey. The sale of any amount of marijuana up to 5 kilograms without a state license is a felony offense which is punishable by up to 4 years in prison and up to $20,000 in fines. Go over 5 kilos and you’re looking at a potential sentence of up to 7 years in prison and fines up to $500,000.
- Michigan marijuana growing penalties – Cross the 12-plant line and the cops will destroy your plants and write you a ticket. The cultivation of up to 24 plants is considered a civil infraction with a maximum fine of $500. Growing 25 to 200 plants is a felony punishable by up to 7 years in prison and a maximum fine of $500,000. More than 200 plants and you’re looking at a felony conviction which comes with a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000,000. Yes, that’s ten million dollars.
- Possession and sale of hash and concentrate – Under Michigan marijuana laws, possession of more than 15 grams of hash comes with penalties similar to those of possessing bud.
- Drugged driving – In Michigan drugged driving penalties are the same as for drunk driving convictions which can result in fines, jail time, a criminal record, and suspension of your driver’s license.
Also, it’s important to point out that any misdemeanor or felony conviction can also result in a six-month suspension of your driver’s license.
So, that’s the bad news. Let’s get to the good stuff.
How About The Michigan Medical Marijuana Laws?
Possession Limits – Possession limits are the same as for recreational marijuana. Qualified medical marijuana patients are permitted to possess up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana and usable marijuana equivalents which include.
- 2.5 ounces of dried marijuana
- 16 ounces of marijuana-infused products in solid form
- 7 grams of marijuana-infused product in gaseous form
- 36 fluid ounces of marijuana-infused product in liquid form
Home Cultivation – Michigan medical marijuana patients are allowed to grow up to 12 marijuana plants under the same conditions as recreational growers. Outdoor plants must not be “visible to the unaided eye from an adjacent property when viewed by an individual at ground level or from a permanent structure” and must be “grown within a stationary structure that is enclosed on all sides, except the base, by chain-link fencing, wooden slats, or a similar material that prevents access by the general public and that is anchored, attached or affixed to the ground, located on land that is owned, leased, or rented.”
Caregivers – Michigan medical marijuana patients are permitted to designate a caregiver to grow, purchase, or administer their medicine if they are unable to do so themselves. Caregivers must be 21 years of age or older and have no illegal drug offenses on their record and have not been convicted of any felony within the last ten years or any violent felony at all. Caregivers are permitted to provide services to no more than 5 patients.
Reciprocity with other states – Michigan medical marijuana cardholders are allowed to purchase medicine in states which have either legalized marijuana or provide medical marijuana card reciprocity. That list is constantly changing, so do a little homework before you travel to another state. In state’s without recreational laws, this is a big benefit for medical marijuana cardholders.
Dispensaries – There are a number of medical marijuana dispensaries throughout Michigan. If you don’t live near a dispensary, don’t fret. You can order online and have your medicine delivered right to your door.
Click here for a list of medical marijuana doctors and dispensaries in Michigan.
Note that these dispensaries are not yet permitted to sell marijuana to recreational customers. Recreational sales are expected to begin in 2020.
What About The Michigan Recreational Marijuana Laws?
Ten years later advocates for the legalization of recreational marijuana gathered 365,000 signatures earning the measure a spot on the state’s 2018 ballot.
In the spring of 2018 lawmakers were considering passing a recreational law before the election in order to have more control over the details of the law. That effort fizzled out and the new Proposition 1 was added to the 2018 statewide ballot.
Michigan voters approved Proposal 1, aka The Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marihuana Act, by a relatively small margin making Michigan the 10th state to legalize cannabis for recreational use. (When the law was written, lawmakers decided to use the phonetic spelling, marihuana, rather than the common spelling. It looks like that idea has petetered out, as the state’s marijuana websites use the word marijuana.)
Under the new law, anyone age 21 and over was permitted to possess up to 2.5 ounces of cannabis in public, and up to 10 ounces at home. Also, as with medical marijuana, a provision in the law allows for the cultivation up to 12 plants at home.
The measure also required the state to develop a system for state-licensed cultivation and sale of recreational marijuana, and a 10% marijuana excise tax was added on top of the state’s 6% sales tax.
The recreational-use law went into effect on December 6, 2018, however first recreational dispensaries are not expected to open until early 2020.
How To Get A Michigan Medical Marijuana Card
Assuming you qualify, getting your medical marijuana card in Michigan is a fairly straight-forward process. As we mentioned earlier, the process has been made much easier recently with the entire application process taking place online.
Here are the basic steps to getting your Michigan medical marijuana card:
- Talk to your doctor. Make an appointment to discuss getting certified for medical marijuana use. If your primary care doctor doesn’t offer this service, you’ll need to request a copy of your medical records and bring them to a doctor that does.
- Get a written certification from your doctor.
- Create an online account with the MMMP (link below).
- Fill out and submit your application and pay the $60 application fee.
That’s it. As soon as you get your email stating that you are approved you’ll be able to purchase medical marijuana at any Michigan dispensary.
Your doctor should help to walk you through the process to some extent, and the instructions that come with the application form will tell you what documents you need to submit for proof of residency.
Get Certified for Medical Cannabis In Michigan:
For potential MI medical marijuana patients we make it easy to connect with a recommending MedCard doctor. You will also receive updates & news relative to marijuana in Michigan. If you are interested simply fill out the patient registration form and a clinic representative will contact you as available. Legal Residents Only Please.
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Michigan Medical Marijuana FAQ's
Frequently asked questions we receive regarding MI marijuana.
Once I have my Michigan MMJ card, where can I buy marijuana?
You will go to a state licensed dispensary. You can find them on Nationwide Dispensaries.
Once I have my MI MMJ card, can I grow my own marijuana?
Patients are allowed to grow up to 12 marijuana plants.
How much legal weed can I have in MI with a card?
Up to 2.5 ounces of cannabis in public, and up to 10 ounces at home
Can I Smoke Weed Once Qualified?
Yes. Marijuana for medical use in MI can be smoked in plant form or CBD & THC oils can be vaped.
Can I take my medical cannabis to a different state?
Medical marijuana patients in all states may face federal and local charges of transporting marijuana if they cross state lines with the drug. This is true even if the states between which they are traveling allow medical marijuana. Should you need to travel with your marijuana it would be best to contact the state’s Bureau of health to understand the exact laws of the state you are traveling to in order to not risk breaking the law.
Who Can Use Marijuana in Michigan?
Adults 21 and over & card carrying medical marijuana patients.
CBD is for sale online in the forms of oils, topicals, flower and tinctures. CBD products for sale are also in head shops, pet stores and holistic shops around town. Is this CBD Oil legal in Michigan?
Hemp CBD oil which is derived from the hemp plant is legal throughout the United States.
Will CBD, Hemp, or cannabidiol oil get me high?
What is the difference between CBD & THC?
Psychoactive Vs. Non-Psychoactive. THC creates a euphoric effect due to the way it connects to the bodies endocannabinoid system. The endocannabinoid system has been recently recognized as an important modulatory system in the function of brain, endocrine, and immune tissues. Cannabidiol, or CBD reacts differently and is used with patients that require or prefer non euphoric care.
Is CBD for Pets really a thing?
Yes, CBD for Dogs, CBD for Cats, and CBD for pets in general is becoming a popular treatment for caring for pets that have arthritis, chronic pain and other ailments.
Where can I get CBD for pets?
You can find CBD for pets online, at some pet stores, and at holistic shops.
Are THC edibles allowed in Michigan?
Yes, marijuana edibles infused with THC are allowed.
How Much Should I consume?
You should always consult with a licensed Michigan medical marijuana doctor before using medical marijuana in any forms.