Medical Marijuana Law Michigan


Michigan Laws


In 2008 Michigan voters approved a measure that would bring relief to patients with certain medical conditions, in the form of medical marijuana. In order to become a medical marijuana patient in Michigan, individuals must visit a state-approved doctor who will prescribe treatment for any one of the following medical conditions:

  • Alzheimer's Disease
  • Cachexia
  • Cancer
  • Chronic Pain
  • Crohn's Disease
  • Epilepsy
  • Glaucoma
  • Hepatitis C
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Nail Patella
  • Severe Nausea
  • Wasting Syndrome
  • Legalities:

    Michigan state laws states that patients/caregivers are not permitted to cultivate an amount greater than 12 cannabis plants. In addition, they are restricted to possessing 2.5 ounces of usable cannabis buds. The term usable means marijuana buds that are not drying or curing. The plants must also be in an enclosed and locked facility, when cultivated indoors. When grown outdoors the plants must not be visible from ground level or from any permanent structure (i.e. a second-story house). Michigan also allows medical marijuana patients from outside states to use cannabis for medical purposes. Caregivers must be of at least 21 years old and are not permitted to provide medicine for more than 5 patients.

    Any questions, comments or concerns about the medical marijuana laws in Michigan can be directed to one of the following agencies:

  • Michigan Medical Marihuana Program
  • or

  • Michigan Medical Marijuana Association

    While Michigan allows the use of medical marijuana, they are definitely not very friendly when it comes to recreational use. Possession of any amount of marijuana can result in misdemeanor charges, up to a year in jail and a $2,000 fine. Possession in a park is a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the amount, that holds up to 2 years incarceration and a $2,000 fine. The simple use of marijuana is a misdemeanor that can result in 90 days in jail and a $100 fine. Drug classes may also be awarded by the judge.

    Delivery of any amount of marijuana is a misdemeanor with up to a year in jail and $1,000 in fines. Sale of under 5 kilograms is a felony that can result in 4 years in prison and $20,000 in fines. Sale of 5 to 45 kilograms is also a felony with up to 7 years behind bars and $500,000 in fines. More than 45 kilograms is a felony offense that will land a person in prison for 15 years with an outrageous $10,000,000 in fines! Again, that is ten million dollars in fines.

    The cultivation of under 20 plants is a felony offense with up to 4 years behind bars and $20,000 in fines to pay. 20 to 200 plants is also a felony with 7 years in prison and $500,000 in fines. Any amount of plants grown over 200 is a felony with 15 years behind bars and again, $10,000,000 in fines. Penalties for hash and concentrates are the same as marijuana.

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    Guest | Jul 26, 2013
    god put this marijuana plant on earth for humans to use . not to be used against us in a court of law. many good people and their familys have been distroyed by government greed they make a lot of money doing it. and they enjoy their work . and they do drugs but don't get caught up with because they are the law and who is going to piss test them . yeah right!
    Guest | May 8, 2013
    Yes, you can be a convicted felon & still obtain a MMC, My brother has been to prison twice & he currently has his card.
    Guest | May 8, 2013
    Thank you for the response. IL just passed and excluded ex felons from garegivers AND patient. VERY strict. So, am planning on moving to MI, as I lived there a few years back and wanted to come back anyway. Got hurt on the job and am now disabled and medicinal grade is the only thing that works for me. Couldn't find anything in my research on MI law except caregivers being prevented if they are ex drug felons or, now, violent ex offenders. So, thanks for letting me know.
    Guest | May 7, 2013
    Are convicted felons excluded from being able to use medicinal marijuana?
    Guest | Mar 4, 2013
    having suffered from chronic, debilitating pain for 9+ years, taken everything from vicodan to oxy for it, and marijuana trumps them all as far as relief - and without the unwanted sideeffects that opiates have. along with our health insurance being invaded, the gov has a hand in the pharmacutical take and there might just be enough $$ involved that they don't want to give it up, no matter the human toll? sad fact that mich made over 10 mil. in 2012 from med marijuana.
    Guest | Feb 23, 2013
    For those of us with chronic pain and nausea, this is the only thing that works.
    Guest | Nov 30, 2012
    i agree with the medical maijauna law;,i suffer from cronic pain.when i smoke the mmm.its a mircle ,so they need to legilize it in mich.its better than a booze high.and its safer.
    Guest | Nov 30, 2012
    i live in michigan we need medical maijuana right here lets fight for medical it.i suffer from cronic pain every day of my life.when i smoke the medical maijuana i will fight for this law to get passed.
    Guest | Nov 30, 2012
    does this need to go the sup court,so wse can pass this soon as possible.
    Guest | Oct 21, 2012
    I wanted to move to Indiana to be near old freind but can't do a 0 tolerance state with the pain, so much for freedom; have to relocate to Michigan. Hail from Ore./WA. where had my Rx for MJ after the pharmasuticals nearly killed me from "allergic reaction". Where is the freedom in this situation?
    Guest | Jul 13, 2012
    there have been a lot of individual town moratoriums, and different regs in different cities, towns, villages, townships,'s a mess...i live in battle creek...took 3 weeks from certification to receiving the hard card(impressive)...there are 4 "shoppes" in my city, and even these are's a club, one's a research facility, one's a dispensary....we've got a lot of growing pains(pun intended) to go through!
    Guest | Jul 12, 2012
    Michigan is all right if you do you.. you can do up 2 5 people total but they will raid ya n take every thing lights, weed the hole shabang. And then not press charges.. Start over so they can do it again. How do you think thier going to get there shit to start a state program. Watch.. Soon they will.
    Guest | Jul 5, 2012
    Is this material up to date? I'm sure I've heard about some law changes in Michigan.
    Guest | Jun 13, 2012
    I live in Michigan.I feel sorry for all the idiots out there who are against Medical Marihuana.I refuse to take all these medications for pain that do not work and have many side effects.God planted the seeds for a reason.This is a natural herb.I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2006.This is the only thing that takes most of my pain away.How dare anyone tell me I have to suffer because all these DRUG companies want to make a fortune on crap that will kill you.NO ONE has ever died,gotten cancer or anything else just because of smoking Marihuana.So,get out of your tiny closed minded brains if you have any and quit listening to the retarded Government that says it it worse than Herion and cocaine.Marihuana should be LEGAL,period!IT'S AN "HERB"!!!
    Guest | Apr 25, 2012
    i live in michigan and its pretty cool watching all these clubs getting raided in my city.. i am not a patient but i can say that i do support medical marijuana! but if i can get ahold of medical grade weed that means that this system of laws in michigan are shitty! we got alot of work ahead of us out here in michigan!
    Guest | Oct 31, 2011
    I would push for civil rights as a patient that has the right to "patients rights,"and the need to not feel so much physical pain and that it is inhumane to allow someone to either suffer or be in pain all the time, medical cannabis for me personally takes away most of my hip pain that I acquired as a result of a surgery ,(total hip arthroplasty)and it works great for me in regards to anxiety with an overall relaxing sensation.
    Guest | May 20, 2011
    I hate that federal laws trump state laws
    lindzzz | May 15, 2011
    It is sad that they have the same problem as we do in CA, with the employment rights. It is more of the same issue that we all struggle with; federal laws trump state laws.
    Bionic Chronic | May 14, 2011
    As a patient in MI, I can say a few laws need to be addressed. First and foremost the law should protect patients employment. Unfortunately Employers still follow the Drug-Free Workplace Act (DFWA) from 1988, which is a federal law that trumps State guidelines every time.
    Guest | Apr 30, 2011
    CannabisGirl your dad is right I am from Southwestern Oregon an they have been legal ALOT longer thang Michigan so their laws are tweeked a bit differently and its really less of an issue to the people of the community.
    Guest | Apr 21, 2011
    Weed is the best it helps me everywere i go.!!!
    CannabisGril | Mar 21, 2011
    My dad lives here and says it can be a major pain and is nothing like California laws