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Jan 28, 2020 2 min read

Cannabis laws in Michigan

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by The Cannigma Staff

Both medical and adult-use cannabis are legal in the state of Michigan. The state also honors out-of-state medical marijuana licenses, and allows adults to privately grow up to 12 marijuana plants.

How to Get a Medical Card in Michigan

Prospective patients must register online with the Michigan Marijuana Regulatory Agency. You must provide proof of state residence and your physician’s license number, and pay the required $40 registration fee. 

The application is then sent to your physician, who has 15 days to complete their end of the application online.

Qualifying Conditions

The qualifying conditions that patients in Michigan can receive medical cannabis for include:

  • Alzheimer’s disease 
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis 
  • Arthritis 
  • Autism 
  • Cachexia or wasting syndrome 
  • Cancer 
  • Cerebral Palsy 
  • Colitis 
  • Chronic pain 
  • Crohn’s disease 
  • Glaucoma 
  • HIV or AIDS 
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease 
  • Hepatitis C 
  • Nail patella 
  • Nausea 
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) 
  • Rheumatoid arthritis 
  • Seizures 
  • Severe and persistent muscle spasms 
  • Spinal cord injury 
  • Tourette’s syndrome 
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • A chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition or its treatment that produces 1 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) Severe and Persistent Muscle Spasms (Including but not limited to those characteristic of multiple sclerosis)

Reciprocity

Michigan honors medical marijuana licenses from other states.

Where to Buy

The Michigan Medical Marihuana Act legalized medical marijuana in the state upon its passing by the state legislature in 2008. The law allows patients to be in possession of up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana and allows them to cultivate up to 12 plants in an enclosed locked facility, or in an outside area where they are not visible. 

Initially there were around 75 to 100 dispensaries operating in the state, but in 2013, the Michigan Supreme Court ruled that the businesses were not protected under the state law. A house bill in 2016 approved the opening of dispensaries, and as of January 2020, there were dozens of medical and recreational dispensaries open across the state. 

In 2018, Michigan voters approved Proposal 1, which permits the cultivation, possession, and retail sale of marijuana in the state. It went into effect in December, 2019 and the state’s recreational dispensaries provide an additional source of cannabis for medical recipients.

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