Michigan Medical Marijuana
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Michigan Medical Marijuana law came about in 2008 with a registry being administered by the Michigan Department of Community Health. The Michigan Medical Marijuana Act offers detailed information regarding the protection of use, and registration process.
Qualifying patients will be informed of their acceptance or denial within 15 days of receipt by the Department of Community Health. To be considered a patient over the age of 18 must submit a registration application, a written verification of a debilitating condition by a licensed physician, and the personal information of a designated caregiver—if applicable. Qualifying patients under the age of 18 must also submit written consent from a parent or guardian.
As listed in Medical Marijuana Michigan law, the qualifying medical conditions are:
Michigan Medical Marijuana Patients and Caregivers are limited to 2.5 ounces and/or 12 plants per patient, and may not consume in public areas. Caregivers may only cultivate and provide medication for up to 5 patients. Per the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act, cultivation is allowed, but must be kept in a lockable, enclosed, and secure area with access limited to qualified patients and caregivers. The Act has specific literature allowing for the compensation of a caregiver’s services, stating any monies received is not compensation for the sale of a controlled substance.
As with all other states, there is no specific protection for qualified patients in employment or housing situations. Medical Marijuana in Michigan does not protect individuals registered in other allowing states. And, no insurance company is required to reimburse for any expenses related to the acquisition and proper medication of cannabis.
For more information on Medical Marijuana in Michigan, please visit the Michigan Medical Marijuana Forum.
News & Updates
We have heard of many state medical marijuana laws that are currently facing drastic regulations and limitations. Among those that are the most extreme are those in Michigan, where things continue to go downhill.
The state Court of Appeals just released a decision that will send marijuana law back another several steps. Despite the implications of the ruling, many are struggling to decipher the exact effects that this decision will have.
As one of many states that allows the use of medicinal marijuana, Michigan is home to many collectives and dispensaries. One such dispensary, Your Healthy Choice Clinic, is now at risk of being shut down due to the actions of its owner.
Your Healthy Choice Clinic, located in the city of Lansing, is owned by Shekina Pena. Pena, in an attempt to motivate the community to exercise their civic rights, offered a free half-gram of marijuana, or a free edible, to anyone who registered to vote at her dispensary.
Recent attempts to restrict the distribution of medical marijuana in Michigan are raising cries from the population. On Wednesday, September 8th, almost 1,000 people took the streets of the state capitol in order to express their unhappiness with legislators seeking to limit a law that was passed by popular vote in 2008.
The Medical Marijuana Act was voted into Michigan legislation three years ago with a 63 percent majority. Despite voter support, the state legislature and Attorney General Bill Schuette are pushing bills to restrict the rights given by the law to qualified patients.
Medical marijuana is becoming more widely accepted, with medical marijuana dispensaries operating legally in numerous states and localities. The small city of Marshall, Michigan, however, is one of those few areas that seem to be moving backwards in terms of acceptance, rather than forward.
Despite the fact that Michigan voters passed the Medical Marijuana Act in 2008, allowing the sale of marijuana to qualifying patients, Marshall legislators are still looking for loopholes to shield against its use. Their most recent attempt relates to the sale through registered dispensaries.
Michigan lawmakers are planning to change or clarify the state law that allows marijuana to be used for medical purposes. Still in the drafting process, the proposed bills would require stronger doctor-patient relationships before a patient could gain access to marijuana and would also likely reduce the number of Michigan’s marijuana dispensaries. Because the law was passed by the state’s voters, some of the proposed legislative changes will require three-fourths majorities in both the state’s House and Senate.
A Detroit physician is accused of issuing hundreds of pre-signed Medical Marijuana Michigan applications.
The 50 year old female physician sold a large quantity of pre-signed applications to a licensed caregiver, who in turn sold them for as much as $250. The presumably illegitimate "patients" were never seen by the physician, and for this, she may lose her medical license permanently.
Recent raids of several Michigan Medical Marijuana businesses claimed to be entrapment by the Medical Marijuana community may eventually shed light on the ambiguity surrounding the law.
Michigan law enforcement set up undercover operations to monitor the alleged illegal distribution of Medical Marijuana to Michigan residents. On several alleged instances, law enforcement gained entrance to establishments which allow patients to procure and in cases, consume, on site. The officers used forged state documents to purchase from these locations.
A dramatic increase in the applications received by the Department of Health in Michigan has caused delays in the approval process for Medical Marijuana applicants.
As national acceptance of Medical Marijuana appears to continue, the amount of qualified Michigan residents who choose to utilize Medical Marijuana legally has been steadily increasing. So much so, that the Department of Health--the administrative body that reviews and issues registration paperwork for qualified patients--has become bogged down by the influx of applications.
The Michigan House of Representatives is set to review a bill regarding whether Medical Marijuana Clubs fall under protection of the Medical Marijuana laws in Michigan.