Michigan Medical Marijuana Caregivers FAQ
We are amazed at the lack of knowledge on the current Michigan Medical Marijuana Law. Don't assume anyone knows what they are talking about because they are from a position of authority. Your best source of information on the Michigan Medical Marijuana law is directly from The Michigan Department of community Health or the MMMA . We have here some FAQ's taken directly from MDCH website. If you don't find your answer to your questions please feel free to contact us.
How do I register as a medical marijuana patient with the state?
Qualifying patients" must register with The Michigan Department of Community Health , Bureau of Health Professions, P.O. Box 30083, Lansing, Michigan 48909.
To register, the patient must submit ( on forms provided by the departmen t) the following information:
(a) an application or renewal fee;
(b) the name, address, and birth date of the qualifying patient;
(c) the name, address, and telephone number of the qualifying patient's physician;
(d) the name, address, and birth date of the qualifying patient's caregiver, if any.
(e) written certification that the person is a qualifying patient from a physician.
What medical conditions are eligible?
Patients must suffer from a debilitating medical condition, defined as:
(a) cancer, glaucoma, or positive status for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS), hepatitis C, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Crohn's disease, agitation of Alzheimer's disease, or nail patella.
(b) a chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition or its treatment that produces one of more of the following:
(i) cachexia or wasting syndrome;
(ii) severe and chronic pain;
(iii) severe nausea;
(iv) seizures, including but not limited to those caused by epilepsy; or
(v) severe or persistent muscle spasms, including but not limited to, those which are characteristic of multiple sclerosis; or
(c) any other medical condition or treatment for a medical condition adopted by the department by rule. (NOTE: To date, the department has not added to the list by administrative rule.)
How do I obtain my medical marijuana?
You can grow your own (up to 12 plants) or designate a caregiver.
Michigan law provides for a system of designated caregivers. The caregiver can acquire 2.5 ounces of usable marijuana and grow up to 12 marijuana plants for a qualifying patient. The caregiver may assist up to 5 patients. The caregiver must sign a statement agreeing to provide marijuana only to the qualifying patients who have named the individual as their caregiver. The caregiver's name, address, birth date and social security number must be provided to the state at the time of a patient's registration. The Department will issue a registry identification card to the caregiver who is named by a qualifying patient on his/her application. The Department may not issue a registry identification card to a proposed caregiver who has previously been convicted of a felony drug offense. The Department will verify through a background check with the Michigan State Police that the designated caregiver has no disqualifying felony drug conviction. A caregiver may receive reasonable compensation for services provided to assist with a qualifying patient's medical use of marijuana.
How to Become a Patient
Get a copy of your medical records from the last 3 years. You need 3 documented visits with your qualifying condition.
Go to your local Hemp and Cannabis Foundation Clinic THCF or the Michigan Medical Marijuana Certification Center MMMCC.
Obtain a recommendation from the Clinic.
Fill out your forms and assign a caregiver on your forms.
Submit your paperwork to The Michigan Department of Community Health .
Four (4) to six (6) weeks later your state card should arrive in the mail.
- How do I find a caregiver? Submit your name here and become a member here
How to Become a Caregiver
Find a registered patient that is willing to select you as their caregiver.
- You can find patients looking for caregivers here
- Submit your information here
- Go to you local Compassion Club to find a patient
- Become a Certified Michigan Medical Marijuana Caregiver here and we will send you leads for patients
- Once you have a patient identified, fillout the change form here and send it in with $10 to the MDCH
- After you received the card (some say 20 days after check clears) you can begin to grow for your patient.
- You are allow by Michigan law to have 5 patients.
Important Facts About the New Law
Here are some important facts to remember:
Doctors will not be writing marijuana prescriptions. They will only be attesting to qualifying illnesses.
The Michigan Department of Community Health will be issuing registration cards that will allow the holder to possess, grow and use a limited amount of marijuana to treat symptoms.
Abuse of the card, such as possessing or growing amounts that exceed set limits, selling your card or your marijuana or operating a vehicle under the influence, will result in arrest and prosecution.
General Info from the State of Michigan
You must be a Michigan resident to be a registered patient in the Michigan Medical Marijuana Program (MMMP).
There is an application fee to register for the MMMP. The fee cannot be waived, although it can be reduced under certain circumstances.
You must have a qualifying debilitating medical condition as listed on the Attending Physician's Statement.
The MMMP cannot supply you with seeds or starter plants, or give you advice on how to grow medical marijuana.
Your physician must be a Medical Doctor (MD) or Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) licensed to practice in Michigan. You must have an established patient/physician relationship with your "attending physician." Other licensed health professionals such as Chiropractors, physician assistants and nurse practitioners cannot sign the documentation.
The MMMP cannot refer you to a physician. The MMMP does not have a physician referral list.
You, or your designated primary caregiver, may grow your marijuana. There currently is no place in the state of Michigan to legally purchase medical marijuana.
The MMMP cannot find a designated primary caregiver for you. The MMMP does not keep a referral list of persons who want to be caregivers for patients. (You are not required to list a caregiver unless you are less than 18 years old.) Your caregiver cannot be your physician.
If you decide to change your caregiver, it is your responsibility to notify him or her that he or she is no longer protected under the law. The MMMP does not communicate directly with caregivers.
The MMMP will only speak directly with the patient. All written requests to release information must be signed and dated by the patient. The MMMP will not accept written or verbal requests for information from your caregiver or any other person without your permission.
The Act neither protects marijuana plants from seizure nor individuals from prosecution if the federal government chooses to take action against patients or caregivers under the federal Controlled Substances Act.