Everything You Need to Know About Medical Marijuana in Michigan
Thanks to the medical marijuana laws in Michigan, Michigan marijuana patients can access a wide variety of medical marijuana products. Recreational cannabis is also legal in Michigan. Medical cannabis became legal in 2008, with provisions that make the state’s medical cannabis program different from any other in the country. Read on to learn more about medical marijuana in Michigan.
The History of Medical Marijuana in Michigan
Medical marijuana was first legalized in Michigan in 2008. The law is fairly restrictive in terms of the conditions patients must have in order to be eligible for a medical marijuana card. Of course, patients must also have the approval of a licensed physician before obtaining a card. One provision of the medical marijuana legislation allows patients and their caregivers to grow a small number of plants for their own use. Growing marijuana is still not allowed in many states, even for licensed medical marijuana patients.
Recreational marijuana was legalized in Michigan in 2018. While this did not directly affect medical marijuana patients, it may have contributed to the greater availability and lower price of medical marijuana products. It has also resulted in marijuana becoming more socially acceptable in the state.
Purchasing Medical Marijuana Products in Michigan
Medical marijuana patients can buy up to 2 1/2 ounces of flower per day. They can purchase up to 10 ounces of flower per month. Medical marijuana dispensaries are regulated by the Marijuana Regulatory Agency (MRA) in Michigan. This is the same agency that regulates stores that sell marijuana to recreational customers, However, some medical dispensaries still may not sell to recreational customers. Recreational customers also cannot purchase more than 15 grams of concentrate per visit, while medical patients do not have this restriction.
Possession Limits for Michigan Medical Marijuana Patients
The medical marijuana laws in Michigan not only limit how much patients can purchase at any one time, they also limit the total amount that patients can possess. Patients (and their authorized caregivers) can have up to 10 ounces of flower at one time. As previously mentioned, medical marijuana patients and their caregivers can also grow up to 12 medical marijuana plants at once. However, it’s important to keep in mind that patients who wish to grow their own marijuana must specify this when they apply for a medical marijuana card. These plants must also be kept in a locked and enclosed area at all times.
Rules for Medical Marijuana Patients & Primary Caregivers
To qualify for a medical marijuana card, a patient must be at least 18. Michigan does not allow pediatric medical marijuana, unlike some other states. If you want to designate a primary caregiver who will help you take your medical marijuana products, you should know that they must be at least 21. Also, they cannot have been convicted of a violent or drug-related felony at any point. Additionally, primary caregivers may not have been convicted of any felonies within the last decade. One primary caregiver can take care of five medical marijuana patients, which makes things easier for families that have more than one disabled medical marijuana patient.
Qualifying Conditions for Medical Marijuana in Michigan
Michigan has a relatively restrictive list of conditions for which people can get medical marijuana cards. Now that the state has legalized recreational marijuana, this doesn’t really matter. If you feel that you may see health benefits from using marijuana and you don’t qualify for a medical license, you can simply go to a recreational store. If you prefer to get a medical card, here are the list of qualifying conditions in Michigan:
- Crohn’s disease
- Hepatitis C
- Nail-patella syndrome
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
Like many states, Michigan also has provisions in their medical marijuana laws that allow people who have similar conditions to potentially qualify for a medical marijuana card. If you have one or more of the following symptoms, you may still qualify for a medical marijuana card in Michigan:
- Severe muscle spasms
- Wasting disease
- Severe chronic pain
- Severe nausea
Testing of Marijuana Products
Michigan has stringent testing requirements for all marijuana products sold in the state. These requirements apply to both marijuana products intended for recreational use and marijuana products intended for medical use. The MRA oversees the enforcement of these regulations in the state. These required lab tests ensure that marijuana products are free of pollutants and contaminants. The tests also ensure that consumers know exactly what they’re getting, especially when it comes to the potency of the product. Most states require similar tests. Marijuana products in Michigan must be tested for these factors:
- Foreign matter
- Fungicides, insecticides, and pesticides
- Microbes and mycotoxins
- Moisture content
- Residual solvents
- CBD and CBDA levels
- THC and THCA levels
- Chemical residue