In 2012, Michigan joined a growing number of states that allow marijuana to be used for medical purposes. Not just for any cramp or cold, however. There’s a pretty succinct list of conditions that are allowed to be treated by the green herb. Many people wonder how they can get a medical marijuana card. We're here to give you the rundown, so you don’t get rundown instead.
The first thing anyone needs in order to be covered is a condition. All those covered are listed at the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs website. There’s also a petition program to get another condition covered if it’s not already. You simply fill out the petition form with your condition, why it’s not included among the ones already covered, and why it should be covered, including medical tests and reports from reputable medical journals or labs. The time for a petition to be approved or denied is about 180 days.
You need to visit your physician, even if you already know you have one of the conditions. The physician will do a thorough medical examination to determine that yes, you have what you already knew you have. They then fill out the physician certification form stating they did all of the things they needed to do to show you are debilitated. Once this is done, you may then fill out the application, including the physician certification form, a copy of your photo ID proving your residence, and an application fee of $100.
If you don’t receive a denial letter within 20 business days, then you’re pretty much in the clear. After that, it just takes a grand total of 60 business days to receive your shiny new medical marijuana card.
There’s a plethora of medical facilities located all around Michigan, and also on the interwebs. Michigan.budtrader.com is a fantastic resource for not only where to, but where not to go on your search. It’s basically a CraigsList of cannabis. There is also a fantastic listing of local dispensaries at findthebest.com under the category of Michigan Marijuana Dispensaries. Searching for them is a breeze, and they’re all dedicated to getting you the medical help you need. Just go to their main website and search “medical marijuana dispensaries.” From there you will find the one closest to you, because driving is way too much work.