Michigan Medical Marijuana Cards

Michigan Medical Marijuana Cards

The Michigan Medical Marijuana Act (MMMA) which has allowed patients with a medical condition to use cannabis for its therapeutic properties was approved by the Michigan voters in 2008. The Michigan Medical Marijuana Act allows a qualifying patient with debilitating condition to register himself as a medical cannabis patient under the Michigan Department of Community Health. The Michigan Medical Marijuana Act has removed the state criminal penalties commonly associated with possession and use of cannabis for medicinal purposes. The Medical Marijuana Programme of the state of Michigan (MMMP) was created to administer the process of registration which is provided in the Michigan medical marijuana laws. The applications of the patients are reviewed by the Michigan Medical Marijuana Programme and medical cannabis registration ID cards are issued for the patients whose applications have been approved.

How to qualify for medical cannabis

In order to qualify for medical cannabis in Michigan the patient must meet the following criteria.

  • He needs to get a copy of the medical documents where the diagnosis for his qualifying condition is indicated. The patient needs to carry these medical documents with him on the day of his cannabis evaluation appointment.
  • Secondly he needs to have a recommendation from a doctor licensed in the state of Michigan.
  • Thirdly he needs to get hold of a medical cannabis card by registering with the Michigan Department of Community Health.

The types of diseases which can be treated with medical marijuana in Michigan

Patients who have been diagnosed with the following diseases and symptoms would be protected by the Medical Marijuana Laws of the state of Michigan-

  • HIV/AIDS, Cancer, hepatitis C, Glaucoma, Post traumatic stress disorder, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, nails patella, Crohn’s disease and agitation associated with Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Patients suffering from a chronic and debilitating medical condition whose treatment lead to the following symptoms will also be qualified for the cannabis card.
  1. Chronic pain and severe pain.
  2. Wasting syndrome or Cachexia.
  3. Extreme nausea
  4. Seizures which are characteristic of epilepsy.
  5. Severe muscle spasms and spasms which are characteristic of multiple sclerosis.
  6. Other serious medical condition or its treatment which have been adopted by the state.

Obtaining a medical marijuana card in Michigan

  • First you need to fill out the application form.
  • Secondly you need to have your application form signed by a Michigan licensed physician.
  • Next the application along with the certification by your doctor needs to be mailed to the Michigan Department of Community health along with the following:
  1. A copy of a photo ID proof of the patient.
  2. Attestation of the caregiver needs to be provided if mentioned in the application.
  3. A check of a sum of $100 needs to be paid to the State.

Access to Medical Marijuana

Though most medical cannabis patients have the prescription of a physician which would help them procure the weed, but the fact remains that most of these cannabis prescriptions are not legal. Since marijuana is classified as a Schedule 1 drug by the state, doctors cannot just prescribe the substance to their patients. What they can do is supply them with a recommendation for medical cannabis which should be in compliance with the law of the state of Michigan.

The Michigan Marijuana Laws allows a patient and his caregiver to grow up to 12 plants and possess up to 2.5 ounces.

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