Michigan Medical Marijuana Patient Information

What Conditions can Medical Marijuana be used for in Michigan?

In Michigan, medical marijuana is approved for use in the treatment and management of the following health conditions:

  1. Cancer
  2. Glaucoma
  4. Hepatitis C
  5. Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
  6. Crohn's Disease
  7. Agitation of Alzheimer's Disease
  8. Nail Patella
  9. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  10. Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  11. Arthritis
  12. Rheumatoid Arthritis
  13. Spinal Cord Injury
  14. Colitis
  15. Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  16. Ulcerative Colitis
  17. Parkinson's Disease
  18. Tourette's Disease
  19. Autism
  20. Chronic Pain
  21. Cerebral Palsy

Also any chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition or its treatment that produces any of the following symptoms or side-effects:

  • Cachexia or wasting syndrome
  • Severe and chronic pain
  • Severe nausea
  • Seizures (including, but not limited to, that characteristic of epilepsy)
  • Severe and persistent muscle spasms (including, but not limited to, that characteristic of multiple sclerosis)

What Does an MMJ Card Permit in Michigan?

A Michigan medical marijuana card permits the holder to possess up to 2.5 ounces of usable marijuana (dried leaves and flowers) outside their home. Cardholders are also allowed to cultivate and own up to 12 marijuana plants or possess 10 ounces inside their home. An MMJ card also allows licensed caregivers to possess up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana and grow as many as 12 plants for each of their patients. A caregiver is allowed to serve up to five patients in Michigan. Medical marijuana cards also allow holders to possess 16 ounces of marijuana-infused solids, 7g of marijuana-infused gaseous products, and 36 fluid ounces of marijuana-infused liquids.

How Long is a Michigan Medical Marijuana Card Valid?

A Michigan medical marijuana patient registry ID card is valid for two years from the date of issue. The expiration date of every registry ID card is listed on the face of the card. Within this period patients can legally purchase, possess, and consume medical marijuana within the stipulations of the law.

Does Michigan have Medical Marijuana Reciprocity?

Michigan medical marijuana laws allow for reciprocity for qualified out-of-state medical marijuana patients while they are in Michigan. This is so long as the patient's home state also allows for reciprocity. Patients with valid medical marijuana cards (or equivalent) from their home state are permitted to engage in the medical use of marijuana while in Michigan. This must however be done in accordance with Michigan regulations.

Is an MMIC Valid Outside of Michigan?

Medical marijuana laws vary in states that practice reciprocity. However, the basic concept of medical marijuana reciprocity is the recognition of a patient's medical marijuana card outside of their home state. Michigan medical marijuana cardholders are exempted from criminal liability in any of the reciprocal states, provided the patient is in accordance with the state's laws. The states that offer some form of medical marijuana reciprocity are:

  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Hawaii
  • Illinois
  • Maine
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Rhode Island
  • Washington
  • Washington D.C.

Medical marijuana reciprocity states may allow Michigan cardholders to purchase marijuana from dispensaries, though some states, such as New Hampshire and Arizona, do not allow this. In states where Michigan cardholders are allowed to purchase from dispensaries, it is left to the owners' discretion. In recreational-use states, persons are not required to show marijuana cards to make purchases from dispensaries, unless restricted by law. These are Alaska, California, Colorado, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, and D.C. In Arkansas, Hawaii, and Oklahoma a visiting patient is required to complete an application and pay a fee to receive a visitor's registration card before arrival.

Is an MMIC Valid in Other Michigan Counties?

Yes. The Michigan Medical Marijuana Program is a statewide program, so a medical marijuana registry ID Card obtained in any Michigan county is valid in any other county in the state.

Does Michigan Recognize MMJ Cards Issued By Another State?

Michigan allows medical marijuana reciprocity and as such will recognize the medical marijuana cards of out-of-state patients. This will protect the patients from criminal liability so long as they are in accordance with state regulations on possession and other issues. However, it should be noted that Michigan is a recreational-use state. As such eligible persons are not required to show medical marijuana cards when purchasing cannabis from dispensaries, though sales are at the owners' discretion.

Does a Michigan MMIC Protect Me Under Federal Law?

Federal law prohibits the use, cultivation, sale, possession, and distribution of marijuana. A Michigan medical marijuana registry ID card will not protect an individual from arrest and prosecution by federal government agencies.

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