The State of Michigan allows patients with the following debilitating diagnoses who are undergoing treatment to obtain marijuana for medical use: Cancer, Glaucoma, HIV or AIDS Positive, Hepatitis C (active symptoms), Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s Disease), Crohn’s Disease, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Agitation of Alzheimer’s Disease and Nail Patella.
A medical condition or treatment that causes the following conditions may also qualify for medical marijuana: Cachexia or Wasting Syndrome; Severe and Chronic Pain including Fibromyalgia, Migraines, Arthritis and Degenerative Disc or Joint Disease; Severe Nausea; Seizures (including but not limited to those characteristic of Epilepsy), Severe and persistent Muscle Spasms (including but not limited to those characteristic of Multiple Sclerosis, e.g. Tourette’s Syndrome).
If your diagnosis or condition is not among those listed above, you must petition the State for permission to use of marijuana. The physician is restricted to making recommendations for the diagnoses and conditions approved by the State.
In general “chronic” means a period of six months or longer. You must provide documentation of your condition, its chronicity (duration), its severity – which may be determined from your prescription record, and the nature of the disability.
Qualifying Conditions but not limited to…
- Alzheimer’s Disease (AD)
- Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis(ALS)
- Cachexia or Wasting Syndrome
- Crohn’s Disease
- Muscle Spasms
- Nail Patella
- Severe & Chronic Pain
- Severe Nausea
You can download and print forms from the Medical Marihuana Program website at www.michigan.gov/mmp , including Instructions for Applying for a Medical Marihuana Registry Identification Card and Application Form for Registration. The office has Physician Certification forms. You may be your own caregiver, or someone else can be caregiver for you.
You must bring a photo ID, either a drivers license or a Michigan ID. It MUST be a MICHIGAN ID.
You will need to bring medical records to document your condition. These may include pathology reports, reports from MRIs, x-rays or other imaging, prescription documentation or any objective documentation that will support a qualifying condition. If you do not bring medical records that pertain to a qualifying condition for which you are seeking marijuana, the physician can not make a recommendation until the appropriate records are received. If you have been seen by a specialist, bring those records. Chronic pain will need documentation with six months of records for the condition that is producing the pain.
To qualify for the card that makes it legal to use marijuana to alleviate debilitating medical conditions, applicants must have a signed doctor’s recommendation and pay $100 to the State. The State has a reduced fee of $25 for low-income individuals who are on Medicaid or SSI.