Are you confused about the current Michigan medical marijuana laws? If so, you’re not alone. Although Michiganders voted to legalize medical marijuana in 2008, many patients and providers still have difficulty understanding this complex statute. Furthermore, changes to the original law, coupled with the legalization of recreational marijuana in 2018, have caused even more misunderstandings.
Here is an overview of Michigan medical marijuana laws.Do You Have a Case?
Michigan medical marijuana laws allow individuals to purchase and use medical marijuana products, providing they have a doctor’s prescription and suffer from certain medical conditions.
First, patients must first obtain a registry identification card from the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA).
Minors (under 18) must submit certification forms from two separate physicians, plus permission from their parents or legal guardians.
A qualifying patient with a registry identification card may possess the following:
If stopped by law enforcement, the patient must present a registry identification card and valid driver’s license or government-issued photo ID.
A primary caregiver with a registry identification card may possess the following for each of their qualifying patients:
Caregivers must be able to show their registry identification card and valid driver’s license or government-issued photo ID.
The Michigan medical marijuana law specifies patients must have at least one of the following “debilitating medical conditions.” However, the list of eligible conditions may be revised as new medical research emerges. For the most current list, visit the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) website at www.michigan.gov/lara.
Here are the qualifying medical conditions to date:
Patients who suffer from one or more of the following symptoms as a result of their chronic or debilitating condition are also eligible:
For a medical marijuana application packet, visit http://www.michigan.gov/mmp.
Michigan law has a strict “zero tolerance” policy for Schedule 1 controlled substances, which include recreational marijuana. Individuals with valid medical marijuana registry cards are not subject to the same restrictions. However, drivers may be subject to charges if a law enforcement officer can demonstrate they are impaired as a result of the drug.
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