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Medical Marijuana Caregiver - Michigan

SUMMARY:  On November 8, 2008, sixty-three percent (63%) of Michigan voters approved Proposal 1and the law became effective on December 4, 2008.  This law removed all Michigan state-level criminal penalties for the possession, use and cultivation of marijuana by qualified medical marijuana Patients who have a written statement from their physicians recommending the use of medical cannabis.  People who have been diagnosed with any of the following medical conditions are legally protected from criminal prosecution for possession, use and cultivation of marijuana under the proposal:  cancer, glaucoma, Human Immunodeficiency Virus, Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, Hepatitis C, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Crohn's disease, agitation of Alzheimer's disease or nail patella (or the treatment of these conditions) or a chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition (or the treatment therefor) which produces any of the following conditions:  cachexia or wasting syndrome, severe and chronic pain, severe nausea, seizures (including but not limited to those typical of epilepsy) or severe and persistent muscle spasms (including but not limited to those associated with multiple sclerosis).  Medical marijuana Patients (or their Primary Caregivers) are legally allowed to possess up to twelve (12) marijuana plants (which must be stored in an enclosed, locked facility) or two and a half (2.5) ounces of usable medical marijuana.  Michigan's medical marijuana law also established a confidential, state-run medical marijuana Patient registry which issues identification cards to qualified medical marijuana Patients.  On April 6, 2009, the State of Michigan began accepting Patient and Caregiver applications for its medical marijuana program.     

RECIPROCITY:  Michigan's medical marijuana law allows for reciprocity to protect qualified medical marijuana Patients while visiting the State of Michigan as long as the Patient's home state also allows for reciprocity.  If the Patient has a registry identification card, or its equivalent, from their home State which also allows the medical use of marijuana, that Patient is permitted to engage in the medical use of marijuana while visiting the State of Michigan and the law also allows the visiting Patient to authorize a person to assist him or her with their medical use of marijuana.  See Mich. Comp. Law 333.26424(j) (2008).

AMENDMENTS:  Administrative rules and regulations for Michigan's medical marijuana law became effective on April 4, 2009. 

MEDICAL MARIJUANA STATUTES:  The statute governing Michigan's medical marijuana program is Michigan Medical Marihuana Act, Mich. Comp. Law 333.26421 - 333.26430 (2008).

CAREGIVERS:  Michigan's medical marijuana law allows for the appointment of a Primary Caregiver, who is a person who has agreed to assist the qualified Patient with his or her medical use of marijuana.  The Primary Caregiver must be at least twenty-one (21) years old and the Caregiver can never have been convicted of a drug-related felony criminal charge.  Each qualified Medical Marijuana Patient is permitted to have only one (1) Primary Caregiver and each Caregiver is allowed to assist a maximum of five (5) qualified medical marijuana Patients.  Mich. Comp. Law 333.26423; 333.26426(d) (2008).

CONTACT INFORMATION:  Additional information regarding Michigan's medical marijuana law can be obtained through the Michigan Medical Marihuana Program (MMMP) at .


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