Updated on May 9, 2021. Medical content reviewed by Dr. Shatha Atiya.
Michigan’s Medical Marijuana Program (MMMP) is a state registry program administered by the Cannabis Regulatory Agency. The program provides Michigan residents access to medical marijuana per the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act that voters approved in 2008. Michigan’s MMMP is responsible for issuing medical marijuana cards to patients and caregivers, besides maintaining a database of registered users. The program also regulates and licenses dispensaries, cultivators, processors, and testing facilities.
Once a patient has been certified by a licensed physician, they will receive a card enabling them to purchase medical marijuana from dispensaries within the state. Michigan has several MMMP-certified dispensaries located throughout the state. If you are interested in obtaining an MMMP certification, you can schedule an in-person appointment with one of our medical marijuana doctors today. We will be happy to help you through the certification process!
How do I get medical marijuana in Michigan through the MMMP?
To get medical marijuana through the MMMP, patients must first obtain a written recommendation/certification from a licensed physician. Additionally, the recommendation must state that the patient suffers from a medical condition approved for a medical card in Michigan.
With a physician’s recommendation on hand, they can apply for an MMMP card through the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. The application process is simple, and individuals can complete it online. Patients will need to submit their physician’s recommendation plus proof of residency in Michigan. Once the application is processed, patients will receive their MMMP card, which will allow them to purchase medical marijuana from a licensed dispensary.
Get more in-depth information about the medical marijuana conditions and qualifications in Michigan.
Do I still need an MMMP card to get medical marijuana in Michigan?
There are several benefits to having an MMMP card.
First, MMMP cardholders are exempt from paying state sales tax on medical marijuana products.
Secondly, MMMP cardholders can purchase marijuana from licensed dispensaries regulated by the state that have higher-quality and safer products than illegal dealers, and avoid engaging in criminal behavior.
Finally, MMMP cardholders can possess up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana at any given time. (Which is significantly more than the possession limit for non-cardholders.)
For the reasons above, Michigan residents who need access to medical marijuana could find having an MMMP card beneficial.
Do you need a medical card to buy from a dispensary in Michigan?
No. A medical card is not necessary if you want to buy marijuana from Michigan dispensaries. Since Michigan approved recreational marijuana for individuals aged 21 and above in 2019, anyone meeting that threshold can comfortably purchase cannabis. Before, only patients with a valid Michigan medical card could lawfully buy, possess, and use marijuana. Still, there are benefits to holding a med card compared to being a recreational user.
How do I get an MMMP card in Michigan?
So, how should eligible patients go about the MMMP application process?
- First, create an account with Quick Med Cards and schedule an online consultation with one of our MMMP doctors near you.
- Next, attend your appointment via video call. If our physician approves you for medical marijuana, you will get a complete and signed MMMP certification–necessary for your application.
- Afterward, visit the Michigan Cannabis Regulatory Agency website and create your account.
- Register for your Michigan MMMP card by selecting the Registry Cards tab, and create an application for your medical marijuana card.
- Verify your mailing address.
- Enter the required information.
- Afterward, decide whether you want our physician to certify you for medical marijuana online (Our doctors must first approve you for medical marijuana before proceeding with this step). If not, you can upload a copy of your marijuana certification. (The one you received after approval)
- Upload the required/supporting documents, for instance, your proof of identity and residency.
- Pay for your Michigan medical marijuana card.
- Get your medical card.
Which documents are needed to complete the Michigan medical marijuana card application? (MMMP paperwork)
Patients must provide the following documents to finalize their application for the Michigan medical card:
- A complete Application Form.
- A complete MMMP certification (from our Michigan medical marijuana doctor)
- Proof of Michigan residency. For example
- Michigan driver’s license
- Michigan personal identification card
- A copy of your valid Michigan voter registration (You must submit your proof of identity if you use your voter registration as proof of residency)
- The required $40 application fee (check or money order made payable to the State of Michigan- MMMP)
- Proof of the caregiver’s identity. (If you are designating a caregiver)
- Two (2) complete Physician Certification Forms signed by two (2) different physicians (For minor patients)
- A complete Declaration of Person Responsible Form (For minor patients)
- Proof of parentage or legal guardianship. For example, a copy of the minor’s government-issued birth certificate. (For minor patients)
Where can I get an MMMP certification near me?
Contact details for the Michigan Medical Marijuana Program (MMMP)
State Jurisdiction: Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA)
Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs
Cannabis Regulatory Agency
Michigan Medical Marijuana Program
P.O. Box 30083
Lansing, MI 48909
Phone Number: 517-284-6400
Where to get medical marijuana: Michigan dispensaries
To find a dispensary near you, simply search online for “Michigan dispensaries”. Many of these dispensaries will require you to have a valid medical marijuana card, so be sure to bring one with you if you plan on purchasing any cannabis products.
However, even if you don’t have a medical marijuana card, some dispensaries may still be willing to sell you cannabis products for recreational use. So if you’re looking for somewhere to buy marijuana in Michigan, your best bet is to start by searching for local dispensaries.
The most common forms of medical marijuana include flowers, edibles, and oils.
It is worth noting that some dispensaries may also offer cannabis delivery services to patients.
Some of the most popular medical marijuana dispensaries in Michigan include
- Meds Cafe in Manistee and Rogers City, MI
- Exclusive Ann Arbor Medical & Recreational Marijuana in Ann Arbor, MI
- Bloom City Club in Ann Arbor, MI
- Exclusive Kalamazoo in Kalamazoo, MI
- Skymint White Cloud in White Could, MI
Michigan medical marijuana rules
The Michigan medical marijuana rules are designed to protect patients and caregivers while ensuring that medical marijuana is not diverted for non-medical use.
First and foremost, patients must be at least 18 years old and have a qualifying condition (although minor patients may be eligible under certain conditions).
Secondly, caregivers must be at least 21 years old and cannot have more than five patients.
Thirdly, patients and caregivers are allowed to possess up to 2.5 ounces of usable marijuana, as well as 12 cannabis plants.
Most importantly, patients can only purchase medical marijuana from licensed dispensaries, and it is illegal to smoke in public or operate a vehicle while under the influence of marijuana.
The Michigan medical marijuana rules are subject to change, so patients and caregivers should stay up-to-date on the latest regulations.
When did the Michigan Medical Marijuana Program (MMMP) start?
The Michigan medical marijuana program was established in 2008, making it one of the first states in the US to legalize the use of cannabis for medicinal purposes.
Since then, the program has undergone a number of changes and expansions. Currently, there are over 300,000 patients registered with the program, and over 1,400 licensed dispensaries across the state. The program is overseen by the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA), which issues licenses and regulates all aspects of the program.
In 2019, Michigan established the Marijuana Regulatory Agency (MRA) to regulate the state’s medical and adult-use cannabis industry. The MRA uses Metrc, a seed-to-sale tracking system, to track medical cannabis throughout the state. However, the system has been plagued with problems, and many patients and caregivers have complained about its sophistication and expense. Despite these challenges, the Michigan medical marijuana program continues to grow and provide relief for thousands of patients across the state.
Common Questions About the Michigan Medical Marijuana Program
Below are the answers to questions patients have about the MMMP.