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How to get a Michigan Medical Marijuana Card in 2020

Ruth Lemon
Ruth Lemon - Operations Manager

Aug 28 2020 - 9 min read

Are you interested in getting a Medical Marijuana Card in Michigan? You’ve come to the right place. We hope this article acts as a valuable guide to help you understand the process of applying for your medical marijuana recommendation letter. We keep this information up to date to make sure it is accurate and makes your journey as simple as possible. Keep reading to find out more.

Table of content
  1. Getting a Michigan Medical Marijuana Card Online with Leafwell
  2. Who Can Apply?
  3. What Does an MMJ Card Permit in Michigan?
  4. How do I Apply?
  5. What Does my Online Medical Marijuana Evaluation with Leafwell Include?
  6. How Much Does it Cost?
  7. What Conditions Qualify for Medical Marijuana Cards in Michigan?
  8. What Documents Do I Need to Apply for a Medical Cannabis Card?
  9. Do I Need to Present my Medical Records to Leafwell?
  10. How Does a Caregiver Apply for a Medical Marijuana Card?
  11. Can a Qualifying Patient Grow Cannabis in Michigan?
  12. Are my Details Kept Confidential When I Apply for a Medical Marijuana Card?
  13. Does Michigan Have Medical Marijuana Reciprocity?
  14. Getting a Medical Marijuana Card in Detroit, Lansing, Grand Rapids and Ann Arbor
  15. History of Medical Marijuana Laws in Michigan
  16. Current Medical Marijuana Laws in Michigan
  17. Useful Links

Getting a Michigan Medical Marijuana Card Online with Leafwell

Telehealth/telemedicine is available in Michigan. In the past, a relationship needed to first be established between patient and physician in-person in order to qualify for a Michigan MMJ certificate. This has now been loosened in Michigan, as it has in many other states in light of Covid-19. This means Leafwell can now offer our telemedicine platform for Michigan medical marijuana users and you can speak with one of our cannabis doctors online today.

Cannabis is legal for recreational use in Michigan. However, holding an MMJ card in the state allows you to possess higher quantities and purchase medical cannabis at a lower taxation rate.

With Leafwell, it is quick and simple and secure to get a Michigan Medical Marijuana Card online. We’ve put together this valuable guide which will answer all your questions and help individuals living in Michigan State understand the importance of applying for their Michigan MMJ Card via the easy, HIPAA Compliant process offered by Leafwell’s telemedicine platform. You can visit our Ultimate Guide to Getting a Medical Marijuana Card for more general information.

Who Can Apply?

To apply for a Medical Marijuana Card in Michigan, you must be a legal resident of Michigan State.

Patients must be aged 18 or over in order to apply for a medical marijuana card for themselves. Minors can have caregivers apply on their behalf.

Caregivers must be aged 21 or over. A caregiver should fill out their own application form, and must be listed on the patient’s application form as well. Caregivers must not have any felonies relating to drugs or violence, and have not been convicted for any crime in the past 10 years. A court-appointed legal guardian or Medical Durable Power of Attorney (MDPOA) with the authority to sign documents and make medical decisions can apply on behalf of the applicant.

Michigan has a Social Equity Program. The Social Equity Program is available as a provision under Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marihuana Act (MRTMA) to promote and encourage participation in the marijuana industry by people from communities that have been disproportionately impacted by marijuana prohibition and enforcement and to positively impact those communities.

Note that once you’ve been accepted, you must register with the Michigan Marijuana Program.

What Does an MMJ Card Permit in Michigan?

Certified MMJ card holders in Michigan are allowed to possess up to 16 ounces of ‘marijuana-infused product in a solid form.’ You can also hold up to 7 grams of ‘marijuana-infused product in a gaseous form,’ and 36 fluid ounces of ‘marijuana-infused product in a liquid form.’

As recreational cannabis is legal in Michigan, it is worth noting that anyone in the state over the age of 21 may legally possess up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana. However, an MMJ card guarantees access and reduces cost. Recreational cannabis must be purchased from state-licensed dispensaries and in many parts of the state, there are few dispensaries available. Medical Marijuana Cards makes obtaining cannabis easier throughout Michigan.

How do I Apply?

With Leafwell, you can get your Michigan Medical Marijuana Card in 4 simple steps:

1. Register online with Leafwell and speak to a friendly physician at https://leafwell.co/medical-card/michigan/.

You can speak to a doctor and qualify for a Michigan medical marijuana card online. The cost of the online consultation is $149. You are only billed if approved.

2. Attend your appointment and discuss with your physician why you would like an MMJ Card

The doctor will ask you questions based on your medical history and provide you with advice and guidance on whether medical marijuana is a good choice for you.

3. Receive your certificate from Leafwell

This will be emailed to you immediately after your successful appointment. We’ll also send you a hard copy in the post shortly afterwards but you only need the PDF version. Once you have the PDF version, you can upload it as part of your application process on the government website.

4. Apply to the Michigan Medical Marijuana Program (MMMP)

They will approve or deny your application within 15 business days. As soon as you have the confirmation email, you can access medical marijuana. You do not need to wait for the physical card to be sent to you – just print off the email.

Your certificate will be valid for two years from the date of issue.

What Does my Online Medical Marijuana Evaluation with Leafwell Include?

Your online medical marijuana evaluation with Leafwell is quick and easy. In order to get started, we’ll need you to provide us with some preliminary details as well as some medical records. These are all passed securely to one of our registered practitioners who can familiarise themselves with your application before your consultation.

The consultation itself is simple and secure, taking place on our bespoke telemedicine platform. You will meet with a Michigan registered practitioner who has experience issuing certificates for medical marijuana to patients for a range of medical issues. The registered practitioner will speak with you about why you are applying and ask some questions with regards to your medical conditions and history.

At the end of the consultation, the registered practitioner will be able to make an informed decision about whether he or she recommends the use of medical cannabis based on the medical information they have obtained. If an application is successful, the registered practitioner will complete the certification which will be promptly emailed in PDF form, ready to be uploaded as part of an application to the Michigan government. A hard copy will be sent in the post a few days later if you choose to submit a paper application.

If an application is unsuccessful, you will receive an email detailing why our registered practitioner felt unable to provide you with the certificate. You will not be charged for the consultation.

Once obtained the certification will last for two years.

How Much Does it Cost?

The initial consultation with one of the Michigan Registered Practitioners via Leafwell’s HIPAA compliant online consultation service is a one off fee of $149. However, if you do not qualify for an MMJ Card and our practitioner elects not to sign your certificate, you will not be charged.

It costs $40 for the MMJ Card and application form, payable to the state. This is a non-refundable fee which must be paid every time you apply. Each card is valid for two years. Every time you renew, you will be required to meet with a state-licensed physician via a telemedicine platform like Leafwell and then renew your card via the state website.

There is no additional fee for applications which include a designated caregiver.

Insurance does not currently cover the cost of applying for an MMJ Card in Michigan because cannabis is illegal at the federal level.

What Conditions Qualify for Medical Marijuana Cards in Michigan?

According to Michigan law in 2020, the following debilitating conditions may qualify you for a medical marijuana card in Michigan:

Note that this list is up to date as of August 2020. Legislation or the Commissioner of Health may add additional conditions, at which time, Leafwell will update this list.

What Documents Do I Need to Apply for a Medical Cannabis Card?

In order to apply for your MMJ Card in Michigan, you will need to show your signed certificate which provides proof of your condition as well as your identification documents. You should gather together the following:

  • ID
  • Proof of residency
  • A signed certificate (which can be obtained via Leafwell)

Below are all of the acceptable forms these documents may take.

Acceptable ID

  • Valid, unexpired Driver’s License
  • Voter’s registration
  • State-produced Identification Card
  • Passport

Note that out-of-state ID is not acceptable.

Acceptable proof of residency

  • Utility bill
  • Any correspondence with a state department
  • Bank statement
  • Mortgage or rental agreement

Signed Certification

  • A PDF version will be emailed to you upon successful completion of your consultation with a registered practitioner on Leafwell’s secure platform.

Do I Need to Present my Medical Records to Leafwell?

Yes. In order to responsibly sign a certificate which permits individuals to apply for an MMJ card, our registered practitioners must have a comprehensive understanding of your medical history. This allows them to provide an accurate assessment to ensure that medical cannabis is a good option for each patient on a case by case basis.

How Does a Caregiver Apply for a Medical Marijuana Card?

Some patients may be eligible for an MMJ Card but unable to apply for one themselves. For example, should the patient be a minor under the age of 18, or if the patient needs assistance accessing medical cannabis, a caregiver can be assigned to complete the process on their behalf.

Caregivers must be aged 21 or over. Caregiver fills out their own application form, and must be listed on the patient’s application form as well. Caregivers must not have any felonies relating to drugs or violence, and have not been convicted for any crime in the past 10 years.

An individual can be a caregiver for up to 5 patients at any time.

Can a Qualifying Patient Grow Cannabis in Michigan?

Yes, a qualified Michigan medical marijuana patient can grow up to 12 cannabis plants. However, these plants must be locked in an enclosed space. Caregivers are also permitted to grow/possess up to 12 marijuana plants.

You will need to declare your intention to cultivate when you apply for your Medical Marijuana card.

Are my Details Kept Confidential When I Apply for a Medical Marijuana Card?

Yes. Leafwell is committed to protecting the privacy of our patients. Our online service is HIPAA compliant and our systems are designed to keep all of your confidential details safe.

Does Michigan Have Medical Marijuana Reciprocity?

Reciprocity is given to other states, if the other state offers reciprocity with Michigan (e.g. a Nevada medical marijuana card).

Getting a Medical Marijuana Card in Detroit, Lansing, Grand Rapids and Ann Arbor

Some cities and counties in Michigan decriminalized cannabis before the state legislation was passed. Famously, the college town of Ann Arbor decriminalized cannabis in 1972. However, most cities took steps many decades later including Detroit, Flint and Grand Rapids in 2012, Jackson and Lansing in 2013, and Mount Pleasant and Saginaw in 2014.

Now, however, there is little if any difference in medical cannabis laws between different Michigan jurisdictions. Regardless of where you are in Michigan, you can get a medical marijuana card online with Leafwell, MD. We are not currently partnering with any clinics in Michigan. However, there are many dispensaries available within the state.

Remember: you don’t have to visit a clinic in-person in order to qualify for a certificate & MMJ card in Michigan – you can do it all online, with Leafwell!

History of Medical Marijuana Laws in Michigan

Here is a brief overview of the history of medical marijuana laws and legislation in Michigan:

  • November 2008 – Voters approve of Proposal 1, the “Michigan Medical Marihuana Act”, removing state penalties for the use, possession and cultivation of cannabis by patients in possession of a valid medical marijuana recommendation from their physician.
  • 2012 – House Bill 4586 (HB 4586) is introduced, amending Michigan’s medical marijuana laws. HB 4586 makes it illegal to transport or possess usable marijuana by car unless it is locked away and in an enclosed case in the trunk of the vehicle, and no marijuana is being used whilst driving.
  • 2013 – House Bill 4834 (HB 4834) amends the medical marijuana laws again. This time, proof of Michigan residency is needed, as well as a bona-fide relationship with a doctor. This means the doctor must maintain medical records, as well as provide follow-up care. The types of ID accepted are a Michigan-produced driver’s license, official state ID or valid voter registration. Medical marijuana cards can be valid for up to 2 years in Michigan.
  • 2013 – Michigan Supreme Court rules that dispensaries are illegal. This ruling means that medical marijuana patients must grow their own cannabis (up to 12 plants, out of public view), or appoint a caregiver, who must be aged 21 or over and can be a caregiver for a maximum of 5 patients. Caregiver must not have been convicted of any violent felony (ever), or a lesser felony for at least 5 years.
  • 2016 – Dispensaries become legal, but are not operational as of yet.
  • 2018 – the Michigan REgulation and Taxation of Marihuana Act is passed which permits the state-licensed sales of recreational cannabis and became law in December 2019.

Current Medical Marijuana Laws in Michigan

Possession of any amount of cannabis without a valid medical marijuana card is a misdemeanor in Michigan, with up to 1 year incarceration and/or a fine of up to $2,000. Use in a park can bring up to 2 years’ incarceration, and may be considered a misdemeanor or felony.

Use of marijuana can bring incarceration of up to 90 days and/or a $100 fine.

Sale without remuneration is also considered a misdemeanor and brings similar penalties as possession. For remuneration, and the incarceration period could be up to 4 years and/or a $20,000 fine. Cultivation of less than 20 plants without a valid MMJ card carries with it a similar sentence. 200 plants or more, and it’s 15 years in prison and/or a $10,000,000 fine. This is a significant jump from the 7 years imprisonment and a $500,000 fine for between 20 and less than 200 plants.

Even with a valid card, you can’t legally smoke marijuana in public or while you are operating a vehicle.

Penalties for hash and concentrates are the same as for marijuana.

Sale of paraphernalia is considered a misdemeanor, and can bring a 90 day prison sentence and a $5,000 fine.

Any conviction will result in a driver’s license suspension of up to 6 months.

To find out more about getting a Medical Marijuana Card in Michigan, get in touch with the expert Leafwell team today or use any of these verified resources below:

Written by
Ruth Lemon
Ruth Lemon - Operations Manager

Ruth Lemon has worked in Cambodia and Australia, gaining experience in the non-profit sector, education and international development, and digital marketing. New to the cannabis sector, Ruth is helping Leafwell to scale without compromising the customer experience and seeks to create a frictionless customer journey. She now lives in the UK with her rescued Cambodian cat and believes Leafwell is improving access to and understanding of a valuable medical alternative.

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