The time is here! It’s finally legal to for us to get our medical marijuana cards and consume marijuana LEGALLY in Michigan! There are a few crucial things you need to know before getting your medical card. Ready? Lets get started…
This quick little article will help you understand how to become a legal marijuana user in the state of Michigan. If you’re not familiar with the marijuana laws that Michigan has passed through Proposal 1, check out The Laws section we have created to help you get adjusted better. Enough with the talking, let’s show you how to get your damn card already! Follow these 4 simple steps and you’re set!
Step 1: You must have one of these conditions: Cancer, glaucoma, positive status for human immunodeficiency virus, acquired immune deficiency syndrome, hepatitis C, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Crohn’s disease, agitation of Alzheimer’s disease, or nail patella.
Don’t have any of these conditions?
Well, it’s ok… You can also get medical marijuana for:
A chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition or its treatment that produces 1 or more of the following: cachexia or wasting syndrome; severe and chronic pain; severe nausea; seizures, including but not limited to those characteristic of epilepsy; or severe and persistent muscle spasms, including but not limited to those characteristic of multiple sclerosis.
Got that? It pretty much means if you have any type of chronic pain or severe nausea, you may get medical marijuana.
Step 2: Get your doctor to agree that you need marijuana for medical purposes. Think of it kind of like how he writes you a prescription for some medication, but instead of a prescription, it’s just a recommendation for you to use medical marijuana. The reason why it’s classified as a “recommendation” and not a “prescription”, is because there is no pharmacy you can go to get medical marijuana. All your own medicational marijuana will be grown by you or a caregiver. When we say “recommendation”, we don’t specifically mean a written recommendation since you will have to just have your doctor fill out a form (in step 3). It pretty much means, by law, that your “physician’s professional opinion, is that the patient is likely to receive therapeutic or palliative benefit from the medical use of marihuana to treat or alleviate the patient’s debilitating medical condition or symptoms associated with the debilitating medical condition.” So if your doctor thinks that medical marijuana helps you deal with your chronic pain, severe nausea, or any other medical condition listed, continue to step 3.
Step 3: Print and Fill out the **Medical Marijuana Form**. It’s really simple and straight to the point. This is the ONLY part your doctor has to anything! After getting his verbal recommendation that you use marijuana for medicinal purposes, just bring your doctor this form and have him/her fill out a few lines in this form. Take a look below of what the form looks like…
Step 4: That’s it!!! Submit it to the Michigan Department of Community Health and you’re guaranteed to get your card within 15 days! (20 to be safe)