Michigan’s medical marijuana program was signed into law in 2008. Patients in Michigan are allowed to possess up to two and half ounces of usable marijuana in a given time period. Michigan also allows patients to cultivate up to 12 marijuana plants at home, so long as they are kept in an “enclosed, locked facility.” Patients may also be permitted to cultivate outdoors, so long as the plants are not visible to any adjacent residences. Michigan does not permit the operation of state-licensed dispensaries, but they do have a reciprocity clause, which allows out-of-state residents with applicable qualifications access to medical marijuana in the state. There are an estimated 96,408 patients enrolled in Michigan’s medical marijuana program at this time. Applications for medical marijuana cards are processed through the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs. Applications must be submitted to the department by mail and it costs $60 to apply. Applicants must be over the age of 18, however, a caregiver over the age of 21 can apply on behalf of a minor. Applicants are obligated to supply a form of government-issued ID, as well was written certification of medical marijuana evaluation from a Michigan-licensed physician. Michigan currently offers medical marijuana for 14 qualifying ailments:
  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
  • Cachexia or wasting syndrome
  • Cancer
  • Chronic pain
  • Crohn's disease
  • Glaucoma
  • HIV / AIDS
  • Hepatitis C
  • Nail patella
  • Nausea
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Seizures
  • Severe and persistent muscle spasms
Patients seeking further information can reach the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory affairs through their Professional Licensing department. They can be reached by phone or email.