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How to Get a Medical Marijuana Card in Michigan Step By Step

Since the Michigan Compassionate Care Initiative was approved in 2008, patients in Michigan who qualify for medical marijuana treatment are permitted to lawfully possess up to 2.5 ounces of cannabis to treat their recognized ailments. Medicinal marijuana dispensaries weren’t authorized to sell goods to patients who had identification cards until the Michigan Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act was passed in 2016.

Although there are a few steps involved, getting a Michigan medical marijuana card is not difficult. Contact the Sanctuary for assistance if you live in Michigan and need help receiving your marijuana card. Here is our step-by-step guide on how to get your medical marijuana card.

Step 1: Identify Your Qualifying Condition

Checking to see if your illness is included in the state’s list of qualifying conditions is the first step in obtaining a medicinal marijuana card in Michigan. The following ailments are recognized by Michigan as being treatable with medicinal marijuana:

  • Cancer
  • Glaucoma
  • HIV+
  • AIDS
  • Hepatitis C
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Agitation of Alzheimer’s disease
  • Nail patella
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder
  • Arthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Colitis
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Tourette’s disease
  • Autism
  • Chronic pain
  • Cerebral palsy
  • 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, but not limited to, those characteristic of epilepsy), and severe and persistent muscle spasms (including, but not limited to, those characteristic of multiple sclerosis)

Step 2: Meet with a Licensed Physician

Make an appointment with a certified Michigan doctor who is currently in practice once you have confirmed that your qualifying ailment is included in the state’s list and can certify you for cannabis use. Depending on the doctor who schedules them, appointments may be held in person or via telemedicine.

A study of any relevant medical records that could help identify patients who would benefit most from using cannabis for personal wellness will be part of the health examination you receive from your examining doctor.

Your application for a medical card may be approved or rejected by the Michigan Medical Marijuana Program (MMMP). If there is a problem, the MMMP may also ask the doctor for more details.

The Sanctuary can assist you if you need help locating a medical professional who can vouch for your condition. To find out more about our services for Michigan qualifying condition evaluations, get in touch with us.

Compile the Necessary Paperwork and Register with MMPP

After receiving your medical marijuana doctor’s letter of certification for your ailment, be sure to gather all the necessary paperwork and register with the MMMP before submitting your application.

You’ll need the following to apply for a Michigan medicinal marijuana card:

  • Your completed and physician-signed certification form
  • Copy of your Michigan driver’s license, identification card, or voter registration card
  • Proof of Michigan residency (such as a utility bill)
  • A $60 patient application fee

Additionally, you’ll need to download the application for a medical marijuana card and set up an account with the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA). You can find instructions for setting up your account here.

A designated caregiver may complete the Michigan Medical Marijuana Program application process on your behalf if you’re underage or otherwise unable to do so yourself.

Step 4: Complete and Submit Your MMPP Application

The next step is to complete the application form, making sure to fully address each question. Keep in mind that you must indicate on your application that you want to be able to grow your own medical marijuana if you indeed want to.

Together with the additional documents you’ve already gathered, submit the form.

By law, Michigan must inform you if your application was approved within 15 days.

A maximum of 2.5 ounces of medical marijuana for adult use are legal to have on your person if you are granted a medical cannabis card. It is legal to grow marijuana, but only with permission from the state.

If everything is in order, LARA will issue you an MMJ card within 30 days of receiving your application.

Step 5: Receive Your Medical Marijuana Card in the Mail

You will get a medical card in the mail if you are accepted. Patients and their primary caregivers must show their medical cards as well as a legitimate government-issued photo ID card when visiting a dispensary in the state of Michigan.

Patients in Michigan have access to a wide range of medical marijuana products at dispensaries, including smokable cannabis, topicals, edibles, concentrates, and more. In Michigan, there are many dispensaries, including ones in significant cities like Lansing, Ann Arbor, and Detroit.

Marijuana possession rules can be very strict if you don’t have a medicinal marijuana card.

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Need Help Obtaining a Michigan Medical Marijuana Card?

Unsure of where to begin when applying for a Michigan medical marijuana card? You can rely on the Sanctuary. We match patients in Michigan with qualified medical professionals that can certify you for medical marijuana.

Call us today to arrange your free assessment. If you have any queries, we’re ready to help.