Michigan medical marihuana users should be aware of recent changes to the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act. One of the changes went into effect in December of last year, regarding the transportation of medical marihuana. The new law says that medical marihuana must be transported in an enclosed case in the trunk of the car; and if the vehicle does not have a trunk, it must be in an enclosed case that is not readily accessible from the inside of the car.
Other changes took effect on April 1st of this year. The amendments include: doctors must conduct a more thorough medical evaluation of patients before certification, and they must also provide follow-up care to monitor the effectiveness of the patient's use of medical marihuana; the state-issued cards will be good for two years now, instead of just one; and caregivers cannot have committed any felony in the last ten years, or ever have committed an assaultive crime (which includes numerous crimes; including kidnapping, stalking, and assault).
There still remain some unclear aspects of the much-debated medical marihuana system in Michigan. The Michigan Supreme Court ruled in January of this year that so-called medical marihuana dispensaries are not allowed under the 2008 law. There was a bill introduced earlier this year, pending debate, that could legalize the shops though. This could mean more changes to the medical marihuana laws in Michigan.