Medical Cannabis Card Benefits
Michigan Medical Card Benefits
Medical card holders save money on cannabis purchases:
- Michigan medical marijuana cardholders DO NOT pay the 10% excise taxes for products at dispensaries that recreational users are subject to.
- Almost, if not all dispensaries offer discounts to medical card holders. Some may be as high as 50-75%!
Marijuana Card Age Restrictions in MI
- In order to be eligible for a medical marijuana card in Michigan, patients must be at least 18 years.
- Parental consent is not required for 18+ years old.
- Recreational adult use programs require a cannabis buyer to be 21+ years old.
- Minors are eligible for a medical card with the consent of a parent or guardian.
Grow Marijuana Plants
- Grow up to 12 plants in your securely
- Possess and transport up to 2.5 ounces
- Have up to 10 ounces at home
- 2.5 ounces+must be locked away.
- Grow up to 12 plants for each registered medical patient-(sucurely in a separate enclosed, locked rooms).
- 5 patient limit plus self
- Possess up to 2.5 ounces of usable marijuana for each patient.
- maximum of 60 marijuana plants. 72 including their own plants.
THC Potency and Purchase Limits
- Medical cannabis edibles available up to 200 mg THC per package.
- Recreational edibles are limited to 100 THC per package.
- More options of products to choose from.
- Medical patients may purchase up to 2.5 ounces per day.
- Caregivers may purchase up to 2.5 ounces per day.
Some medical patients require higher THC concentrations to relieve symptoms of their medical conditions to achieve the best results.
- A Michigan medical card may allow you to use your medical card in other medical cannabis-approved states that allow for out-of-state residents to purchase cannabis.
- It is not recommended to bring your medicine while flying or crossing state lines into Nonmedical marijuana-approved states. Marijuana is still federally regulated and considered a Schedule 1 drug.
States that offer medical card reciprocity
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- New Mexico
- Puerto Rico
- Rhode Island
- Washington D.C
Check each states laws to be fully aware because every medical marijuana program differs state to state. (certain restrictions apply *)
Access to Dispensaries and Delivery Availability
- Enter any Michigan state-approved dispensary upon receiving your card.
- Cannabis deliveries in Michigan are allowed.
- People that have been approved by a qualified medical provider and have a valid registry identification card are “not subject to arrest, prosecution, or penalty in any manner, or denied any right or privilege, including, but not limited to, civil penalty or disciplinary action by a business or occupational or professional licensing board”, according to the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act.
- Caregivers in possession of valid registry identification cards are not “subject to arrest, prosecution, or penalty in any manner, or denied any right or privilege, including but not limited to civil penalty or disciplinary action by a business or occupational or professional licensing board or bureau” if they are conforming to the department’s rules and standards such as assisting 5 qualifying patients with access, growing, or consumption of cannabis as long as they are registered with the state and follow the act guidelines.
Job Security and Unemployment Benefits
- Active Medical Card holders in Michigan WILL continue to receive unemployment benefits and are not violating state law. The Michigan Supreme Court and the Court Of Appeals both have ruled in favor of medical patients receiving benefits with an active card.
- Many corporations have pro-medical cannabis policies in place. Your employer may too. Review your employee handbook or ask your employer about their medical marijuana policy.
- On-the-job accidents or injuries often result in a drug screening. Having a medical card could save your job!
- There is a clear distinction between caregiver pricing and it can be significant. If you are a caregiver or have a caregiver you should inquire at the dispensary for savings. Some medical clinics offer patients discounts if a caregiver sends the patients to whom they supply cannabis to.
- Are you able to still get marijuana from a caregiver without an active MMJ card? Yes, however, it would be either under the recreational adult use program and lose various benefits like tax savings, job security and legal protection described. The option that presents the most risk would be to purchase on the “black market” and the ramifications can be substantials whether it relates to to buying contamined marijuana or legal ramifications.
- If you have a qualifying medical condition it is always better to have a medical card and buy from a licensed dispensary to avoid those hazards.
If you have a qualifying medical condition, obtaining a marijuana card is easy and could improve your quality of life significantly.
Why should you get a Michigan Medical Marijuana (MMJ) Card?
Perhaps, the most obvious reason is that guarantees patients with a qualifying medical condition to legally enter state-approved dispensaries as well as possess and use marijuana for medicinal purposes. It also provides protection from law enforcement if they are stopped and found to be in possession of marijuana.
Who should get a Michigan Medical Marijuana (MMJ) Card?
Anyone suffering from one the qualifying conditions:
Patients are required to obtain a written certification from a licensed physician, but beyond that, the process is fairly straightforward.
Check out more Michigan Marijuana FAQs.
What is the Michigan Medical Marijuana Program (MMMP)?
The Michigan Medical Marijuana Program (MMMP) is a state registry program within the Cannabis Regulatory Agency. The program administers the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act as approved by Michigan voters (2008).
Michigan’s Medical Marijuana Program (MMMP)
(MMMP) provides patients with an easy way to obtain a medical marijuana card without having to go physically into an office. Medical marijuana telemedicine calls or video chats are allowed as per state regulations for convenience. Patients who are suffering from chronic or debilitating conditions can benefit from using marijuana for medicinal purposes. If you participate in the recreational adult use marijuana program but have a qualifying condition you should consider getting your medical card because you will save money most importantly and be afforded various perks and legal protections that are available valid medical card holders. If you think you might be eligible for a marijuana card in Michigan, speak speak with a marijuana doctor about whether or not it is the right option for you.
In Michigan, the Medical Marihuana Act was passed in 2008, making it legal for people with qualifying conditions to receive a marijuana card. Products available at dispensaries are governed by strict quality control procedures the opposite of products obtained illegally on the black market. When you purchase products from a dispensary, you can have confidence that you are getting a high-quality medical-grade product. You have the option to grow your own plants and can save a lot of money. A marijuana card gives you peace of mind knowing that you are using a product that is legal and that has been approved to meet medical standards.
Medical Marihuana Facility Licensing Application Section
Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs
Bureau of Medical Marihuana Regulation
Medical Marihuana Facility Licensing
P.O. Box 30205
Lansing, MI 48909
Phone: (517) 284-8599