Michigan Medical Marijuana Laws 2014

Michigan Marijuana Penalties

Offense

Penalty

Incarceration

  Max. Fine  

Possession

Any specified amount

Misdemeanor

1 year

$2,000

In a park or playground

Misdemeanor or Felony

2 years

$2,000

Use of marijuana

Misdemeanor

90 days

$100

Sale

Sale without remuneration

Misdemeanor

1 year

$1,000

Less than 5 kg.

Felony

4 years

$20,000

5 kg. To 45 kg.

Felony

7 years

$500,000

45 kg. or more

Felony

15 years

$10,000,000

Cultivation

Less than 20 plants

Felony

4 years

$20,000

20 plants to 200 plants

Felony

7 years

$500,000

200 plants or more

Felony

15 years

$10,000,000

Hash & Concentrates

*Penalties for hashish are the same as for marijuana. Please see the marijuana penalties section for further details.

Paraphernalia

Sale of paraphernalia

Misdemeanor

90 days

$5,000

 

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Michigan Medical Marijuana Facts
Michigan Medical Marijuana Statistics and Marijuana Facts
Michigan joined the ranks of medical marijuana states in 2008 when 63% of voters approved the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act. The act allows patients with a doctor’s recommendation or their caregivers to register with the state and legally posses up to 2.5 ounces of usable cannabis. Registration with the state in order to receive a valid medical marijuana card is mandatory in Michigan, however the state also recognizes cards from other states. Additionally, the law requires that patients have an established relationship with the doctor who writes their medical marijuana recommendation. Since the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs began issuing medical marijuana cards, the program has expanded rapidly to become one of the largest in the nation, easily surpassing 100,000 patients in a little over 2 years and becoming home to booming cannabis industry despite hostility from many state authorities.
MICHIGAN MEDICAL MARIJUANA FACTS 2011
• Although Michigan’s medical cannabis facts website claims that “there is no place in the state of Michigan to legally purchase medical marihuana,” the law is vague and thus there are numerous non-profit dispensaries operating throughout the state. Courts have only partially clarified the issue.
• Curious Michigan marijuana fact: the state, and thus all legal documents, officially spells it MARIHUANA with an “h” instead of the usual spelling with a “j.” No explanation is given for this other than it being an acceptable spelling.
• The law has very strong built-in doctor protections: a doctor may not be arrested, prosecuted or penalized in any manner, or be denied any right or privilege, for discussing medical marijuana with a patient. This includes protection from civil penalties and disciplinary actions by state medical boards.
• The latest marijuana statistics out of Michigan show that there have been 205,423 applications (original and renewal) for marijuana cards since licensing began in April 2009.
• A total of 126,912 Michigan marijuana cards have been issued and 21,453 applications have been denied. Most denials were a result of missing documentation and improperly filled out applications, rather than failure to qualify.
• Caregivers are allowed to grow and posses medical marijuana for up to 5 patients. As of November 2011, the exact number of caregivers is unknown, although this is mainly due to the program’s young age. Much more statistical marijuana data is expected to be available in 2012.
• There is also no available data regarding the concentration of medical marijuana patients by county.
• Applications are usually reviewed within 15 days of being received, in the event that a card takes longer than 20 days to be issued, a copy of the application can be used as a valid registry ID, AKA medical marijuana card.
• One unusual qualifying condition under Michigan’s medical marijuana law is Nail Patella. There is no official data on the number of patient reports per condition at this time.
• The law allows patients to have an affirmative court defense against charges of paraphernalia related to their use of medical marijuana.
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Michigan Medical Marijuana Card
MICHIGAN MEDICAL MARIJUANA CARD
Under Michigan medical marijuana law, medical marijuana patients must register with the Michigan Medical Marihuana Program (MMMP) to obtain a Medical Marihuana Registry Identification Card, also referred to as medical marijuana card, cannabis card or medical pot card. The MMMP contends that only a person with a qualifying debilitating medical condition who has obtained a valid MMMP registry card is exempt from criminal laws of the state for engaging in the medical use of marijuana.
HOW TO OBTAIN A MEDICAL MARIJUANA CARD IN MICHIGAN
• Fill out the appropriate application:
? MMMP - Application Form and Instructions
? MMMP - Application Form and Instructions for Minors
• Have a Michigan Licensed MD or DO complete and sign the Physician Certification form, which is included in the application form above. Find a qualified medical marijuana doctor in Michigan here.
• Mail the application and Physician Certification to the Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) along with the following documents:
? Copy of Patient’s Photo Identification
? Copy of Patient’s Photo Identification
? Caregiver Attestation (if applicable; included in the application form)
? Copy of Caregiver’s Photo Identification (if applicable)
? A check or money orderin the amount of $100.00 (or a reduced fee of $25.00 if currently enrolled in Medicaid or receiving SSI or SSD* )made payable to State of Michigan—MMMP
•   Mail to:
Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs
Michigan Medical Marihuana Registry
P.O. Box 30083
Lansing, MI 48909
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? Your application will be approved or denied within 15 days of receipt by the MDCH. Please remember to retain a copy of your application for your files.
? ***If you are submitting a reduced fee, you must also include a copy of documentation verifying receipt of Medicaid, SSI or SSD (i.e. Award Letter, MI Health Card, most recent SSA-1099, etc.)***
Other Michigan Medical Marijuana Program - MMMP Forms / Info:
• Michigan Medical Marihuana Program (MMMP)
? Phone: (517) 373-0395
? Email: BHP-MMMPINFO@michigan.gov
• MMMP - Frequently Asked Questions
• MMMP - Change Form and Instructions
• MMMP - RENEWAL Application Form and Instructions
• MMMP - RENEWAL Application Form and Instructions for Minors

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Michigan Medical Marijuana Laws
FULL TEXT OF MICHIGAN'S MEDICAL MARIJUANA LAW
Initiated Law 1 of 2008
An Initiation of Legislation to allow under state law the medical use of marihuana; to provide protections for the medical use of marihuana; to provide for a system of registry identification cards for qualifying patients and primary caregivers; to impose a fee for registry application and renewal; to provide for the promulgation of rules; to provide for the administration of this act; to provide for enforcement of this act; to provide for affirmative defenses; and to provide for penalties for violations of this act.
Section 333.26421: Short title.
Section 333.26422: Findings, declaration.
Section 333.26423: Definitions.
Section 333.26424: Qualifying patient or primary caregiver; arrest, prosecution, or penalty prohibited; conditions; presumption; compensation; physician subject to arrest, prosecution, or penalty prohibited; marihuana paraphernalia; person in presence or vicinity to medical use of marihuana; registry identification issued outside of department; sale of marihuana as felony; penalty.
Section 333.26425: Rules.
Section 333.26426: Administration and enforcement of rules by department.
Section 333.26427: Scope of act; limitations.
Section 333.26428: Defenses.
Section 333.26429: Failure of department to adopt rules or issue valid registry identification card.
Section 333.26430: Severabilty.
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Michigan Medical Marijuana Qualification
Who Qualifies for Medicinal Marijuana in Michigan
On November 4, 2008, Michigan voters approved the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act (MMMA), which allows seriously ill patients to use medical marijuana (also referred to as medical weed, medical pot or medical cannabis). The Act permits an individual with a qualifying debilitating medical condition to register as a medical marijuana patient with the Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) and avoid criminal penalties under state law for certain medical uses of marijuana. The Michigan Medical Marihuana Program (MMMP) was established to administer the registration program provided for in Michigan medical marijuana law. The MMMP reviews applications submitted by patients and caregivers wishing to participate in the MMMP and issues medical marihuana registration identification cards to those individuals whose applications are approved.
Read the full text of the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act here.
HOW TO QUALIFY FOR MEDICAL MARIJUANA IN MICHIGAN
To qualify to use medical marijuana in the state of Michigan, a patient must:
• Obtain a copy of your medical records indicating diagnosis of a qualifying condition, as listed below. Be sure to bring these records with you to your marijuana evaluation appointment. Learn how to request your medical records.
• Receive a recommendation from a Michigan licensed MD or DO. Find a qualified medical marijuana doctor in Michigan here.
• Register with the Michigan Department of Community Health to obtain a medical marijuana card.
WHAT AILMENTS CAN BE TREATED WITH MEDICAL CANNABIS IN MICHIGAN?
Patients must suffer from a debilitating medical condition, defined by the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act as:
• Cancer, Glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, hepatitis C, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), Crohn's disease, agitation of Alzheimer's disease, or nail patella.
• 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 those characteristic of epilepsy; or
? Severe and persistent muscle spasms, including those characteristic of multiple sclerosis
• any other medical condition or treatment for a medical condition adopted by the department by rule.
MEDICAL MARIJUANA ACCESS
Some medical marijuana patients will claim they have a doctor's prescription for medical marijuana, but marijuana prescriptions are in fact illegal. The federal government classifies marijuana as a schedule I drug. Therefore doctors are unable to prescribe marijuana to their patients, and medical marijuana patients cannot go to a pharmacy to fill a prescription for medical marijuana. Instead, medical marijuana physicians will supply patients with a medical marijuana recommendation in compliance with Michigan state law.
According to Michigan marijuana laws, patients and their caregivers are allowed to grow medical marijuana only for the qualified patient's private medical use; they can possess up to 2.5 usable ounces and 12 plants; and they cannot purchase or sell medical cannabis.
HOW TO CONTACT THE MMMP
The Michigan Medical Marihuana Program is administered by the Bureau of Health Professions, Department of Community Health.
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 30083?Lansing, Michigan   48909
Street Address:
611 W. Ottawa Street?Lansing, Michigan   48933
Telephone Number:
517-373-0395
Email Address:  BHP-MMMPINFO@michigan.gov
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Michigan Medical Marijuana
Michigan Medical Marijuana Laws, Michigan Medical Marijuana Qualifications and General Michigan Marijuana Information
The State of Michigan has a legalized medical marijuana program, which allows legal medical marijuana patients to receive a marijuana recommendation from a certified physician, apply for a State-issued Michigan Medical Marijuana ID Card, and grow and/or purchase marijuana for medicinal use per state guidelines. We have compiled the following index of medical marijuana information in Michigan to serve as a legal library to our users for legal reference of Michigan's laws and guidelines regarding Medical Cannabis.
Please note that in order to become a legal medical marijuana patient you must first have a qualifying condition as outlined by the department of health services and/or department of justice. For a comprehensive list of Michigan's medical marijuana qualifying conditions you can visit our qualifying conditions section located on the top of our menu under "legal states".
Since the Michigan medical marijuana program is still changing their laws and new Michigan medical marijuana laws are being enacted on a monthly basis, please be sure to visit our site frequently to get the most updated laws as it pertains to the Michigan medical marijuana program.
Please click a corresponding link to find out more about your Michigan's Medical Marijuana Program.
MICHIGAN QUALIFICATION
Find out Who Qualifies for Marijuana in Michigan in our definitive guide of Michigan's qualification guidelines. Read up on medical conditions that are covered under Michigan's medical marijuana program, age restrictions, criminal conviction restrictions, and more.
MICHIGAN MEDICAL MARIJUANA LAWS
Read Michigan's Full Medical Marijuana Laws to gain full specific knowledge of Michigan's exact legal guidelines without interpretation. We suggest that you print Michigan's Full Medicinal Marijuana Laws for use with our MyDoc program in order to provide your physician full insight into Michigan's laws for his knowledge.
MICHIGAN MEDICAL MARIJUANA CARD
Find out how to obtain a{n} Michigan Medical Marijuana Card with our guide to Michigan's state medicinal marijuana ID program. Some states require that you obtain your card prior to obtaining your medicine, so read here first to ensure that you know Michigan's requirements.


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