5 Steps to Aquire your Michigan Medical Marihuana Card
The state of Michigan approved the use and cultivation of medical marijuana on Nov. 4th, 2008. This bill is known as the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act, which became effective Dec. 4th, 2008. Under this act, residents of Michigan can become patients and consume medical marijuana for their ailments. The Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) oversees the registration of patients and caregivers in the state of Michigan. This article was written for you to more fully understand if you qualify to obtain a medical marijuana card in the state of Michigan, and if so, how to obtain one.
Step 1: Know the law and qualifying conditions – who is allowed to use medical marijuana?
Residents of Michigan can become medical marijuana patients with the recommendation from a licensed physician for the any of the following debilitating conditions within one category:
• The parent or legal guardian must maintain possession of the minor’s plants
• The minor must obtain 2 doctor’s certifications from different doctors
• The parent or legal guardian must understand the health implications of marijuana use on the minor
• The parent or legal guardian must agree to control the acquisition, dosage, and frequency of use by the minor
• The parent must sign a guarantee to these terms on the minor’s application.
Step 2: Get a doctor’s recommendation – Do I need to get my doctor involved?
Yes. Patients must obtain their medical records from their primary care physician, assuming this doctor will not recommend marijuana himself and bring them to a marijuana provisioning center. These records should outline the qualifying condition as fully as possible.
In the state of Michigan, it is expected that the physician recommending marijuana will maintain a “Bona fide physician-patient relationship.” This means that according to the law, patients should continue visiting this doctor to ensure the efficacy of the medical marijuana for their qualifying condition. The doctor signing your recommendation must be licensed as a physician or osteopathic physician with the state of Michigan.
Below are links for the application packets:
One important feature of Michigan’s medical marijuana program is the caregiver system. While filling out the application, consider whether you want a caregiver or not. If you have not decided, or have not found a caregiver yet, simply check the box that you will possess your own plants.
Once you find a caregiver, you can simply submit a “Change Form” which can be found on LARA’s website (http://www.michigan.gov/lara/0,4601,7-154-79571_79575—,00.html).
Follow the instructions of the application carefully. An application with white-out on it WILL NOT be accepted. Submit it to the address at the top of the application with the proper check or money order enclosed.
Step 3. Finding the closest dispensaries – Where do I get medical cannabis products?
Most major cities in Michigan have a plethora of dispensaries to choose from. Lansing, Ann Arbor, Detroit, Grand Rapids, etc., all have many options for obtaining medical cannabis products.
To find one closest to you, or with the best products, refer to these websites.
Step 4. Know your limits – How much can I get?
Each patient may possess 2.5 ounces of usable marijuana and usable marijuana equivalents, as well as 12 plants if they HAVE NOT designated a caregiver.
For purposes of determining usable marihuana equivalency, the following shall be considered equivalent to 1 ounce of usable marihuana:
(1) 16 ounces of a marihuana-infused product if in a solid form.
(2) 7 grams of a marihuana-infused product if in a gaseous form.
(3) 36 fluid ounces of a marihuana-infused product if in a liquid form.
There are no equivalencies established for marijuana as concentrates; however, it can be assumed that 2.5 ounces of concentrate may be perceived as more than 2.5 ounces of usable marijuana.
As of now, there are no limits set in the law regarding how much a patient may buy in a specific period of time from a dispensary. Patients must only obey the 2.5-ounce possession limit.
Step 5. Pick your products
Almost every imaginable product is available in Michigan through various dispensaries. Do your research and take advice from the bud-tenders. Understand that each type of product has its benefits and drawbacks.
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