If you drive down Cedar Street in Lansing, you’ll see green signs on medical marijuana dispensaries that advertise for “MMMP.”
The initials refer to the state’s program for registered medical marijuana patients.
Statewide, there are roughly 218,558 registered medical marijuana patients and 38,107 caregivers, according to the state’s most recently published data. Registered patients increased more than 70% since 2012.
The state initially denies close to 16% of the medical marijuana applications it receives, according to data reported by Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs. Regulators deny some applications for clerical errors, like incomplete paperwork, and prospective patients may re-apply.
This is what Michiganders need to know about becoming a registered medical marijuana patient.
What is a medical marijuana card?
State regulators issue Michigan Medical Marihuana Program cards to registered medical marijuana patients and caregivers.
Registered patients may possess up to 12 marijuana plants and up to 2.5 ounces of “usable marijuana,” meaning the plant’s dried flowers and leaves.
The state also licenses caregivers, who can help procure marijuana for patients. Caregivers may serve up to five patients. State law allows caregivers to possess up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana for each patient. Caregivers may also cultivate up to 12 marijuana plants for each of their registered patients.
The state began certifying patients and caregivers in 2009 after more than 60% of voters approved legalizing medical marijuana in 2008.
Recreational marijuana is still illegal in Michigan, though that could change. Several groups are petitioning to bring recreational legalization before state voters this November.
Who qualifies for a medical marijuana card?
State law specifically lists eight medical conditions, which can qualify a patient for certification:
Cancer Glaucoma HIV/AIDS Hepatitis C Crohn’s disease Alzheimer’s Nail patella, a rare genetic disorder characterized by abnormalities of the nails, kneecaps and pelvis Amyotrophic lateral