LANSING – The Dept. of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) released information last week to inform and advise patients regarding the registration process for acquiring a registry identification card for the Michigan Medical Marijuana Program.
The Michigan Medical Marijuana Program (MMMP) is a state registry program that administers the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act (MMMA) as approved by Michigan voters on November 4, 2008.
MMMP is a division within the Bureau of Medical Marijuana Regulation (BMMR), is separate from the Facilities Licensing Division within BMMR, and is governed by a different law. MMMP is not affiliated with any third-party business operations, “dispensaries,” provisioning centers, caregivers, or certifying physicians and is not associated with any business operation that uses the terms “Michigan Medical Marijuana Program” or “MMMP” in their name or advertising.
In order to ensure that the registration process is conducted efficiently and effectively – and to allow for the communication of accurate information – individuals with questions regarding the MMMP’s application and registration process should communicate directly with the MMMP by reviewing the frequently asked questions on the MMMP website at www.michigan.gov/mmp, emailing [email protected], or calling (517) 284-6400.
Applicants often receive inaccurate information from third parties that result in their applications being delayed or denied. Third-party business operations which tell patients that their application and physician certification serve as a temporary registration card are putting the patients at risk of possible arrest.
As outlined in the MMMA, a patient or caregiver must present their valid registry identification card and a valid driver license – or government-issued identification card with photo – to law enforcement to be protected from arrest. BMMR recommends that applicants wait until they receive a registry card before engaging in the medical use of marijuana.
If a patient or caregiver is submitting an application or a change