Like many states, Michigan allows the legal use of medicinal marijuana. According to Michigan Initiated Law 1 of 2008, also known as the Michigan Marihuana Act, any patient having a debilitating condition and his/her primary caregiver is permitted to use, possess, cultivate, manufacture, deliver, or transfer marijuana to treat or improve the qualifying patient’s health condition.
Qualifying conditions for medical marijuana include:
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
- Cachexia or wasting syndrome
- Chronic pain
- Crohn’s disease
- HIV or AIDs
- Hepatitis C
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Sever and persistent muscle spasms
Any qualifying patient in Michigan may only possess two and a half ounces of marijuana and up to 12 marijuana plants in a locked room if he or she has not designated a primary caregiver to cultivate and possess the same.
The locked room shall be accessed only by the registered qualifying patient and registered caregiver. The caregiver must be 21 years of age or older and has not been convicted of any felony within the last decade, or any violent felony ever.
The Michigan Department of Community Health is responsible for issuing registry identification cards to qualifying patients and qualifying caregivers alike. The validity period for the card is one year from the date of issuance. It is important for qualifying patients and qualifying caregivers to carry their state-issued medical marijuana registry identification card to notify police officers that they are authorized under the act to use medical marijuana.