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Who can get medical marijuana in Michigan?

It was back in 2008 that Michigan citizens voted to join the growing number of states to legalize the use of marijuana for medical purposes. Since then, residents living with certain diseases or conditions have been able to use marijuana to help with their symptoms.

For those who are considering applying for a medical marijuana license, we will share some general information about the Michigan Medical Marihuana Program, or MMMP.

First, all applicants must be a resident of Michigan. The applicant may prove residency using their state driver's license, identification card, voter registration card or other approved forms of ID.

In addition, the MMMP charges a $100 fee to apply. However, applicants who receive full Medicaid or Supplemental Security Income benefits may be able to get the fee reduced.

The MMMP maintains a list of medical conditions for which it will register applicants. The list is fairly short. It includes diseases like cancer, HIV/AIDS and glaucoma. In addition, illnesses or conditions that cause symptoms like severe nausea, chronic pain and seizures can also qualify applicants for medical marijuana.

The applicant must have a Physician's Certification from a Medical Doctor or a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine with whom he or she has an established relationship. Applicants have the right to have a primary caregiver assist with the use of marijuana, though it is not required if the applicant is over 18.

Things the MMMP does not do: refer applicants to physicians or caregivers; provide seeds, starter plants or advice on growing marijuana; and provide legal protection in the event that federal agents seize your plants and arrest you.

For more information, contact a criminal defense attorney with experience in Michigan's drug laws.

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