Medical Marijuana 101: Here’s How to Get Your Medical Card in MI

Thinking about getting a medical marijuana card? If you’re a Michigan resident who suffers from one of the state’s qualifying conditions, obtaining a card is a fairly straightforward process. What’s more, because the state waives the normal 10% tax for medical patients, getting a card can save you a good deal of money over the long term. 

If you’re interested in pursuing this option, the folks at Fire Creek would love to help! We’ll start by sharing the list of qualifying conditions, and then run down the steps you’ll need to take to get your card (as well as laying out all the necessary fees).

How to Get Your Medical Card in MI: Qualifying Conditions

Qualifying Conditions

If you’re interested in obtaining a Michigan medical card, we’re excited for you! As you’ll see, there are a number of advantages to holding a Michigan Medical Marijuana Program (MMMP) card. First things first: You’ll need to determine whether you suffer from any of the state’s qualifying conditions:

  • Cancer
  • Glaucoma
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Hepatitis C
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Agitation of Alzheimer’s disease
  • Nail patella
  • Cachexia or wasting syndrome
  • Severe and chronic pain
  • Severe nausea
  • Seizures, including characteristics of epilepsy
  • Severe and persistent muscle spasms, including characteristics of multiple sclerosis
  • PTSD
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Colitis
  • OCD
  • Arthritis
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Tourette’s Syndrome
  • Chronic pain
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Autism
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Spinal cord injury

If you believe you suffer from one or more of these conditions, the next step is to create an online account with the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs. This is a step that you can (and should) do yourself if at all possible. While some services may offer to register you on your behalf, the only legal way for you to get an MMMP card is by applying yourself through the government’s website.

How to Get Your Medical Card in MI: Finding a Doctor and Registering

Finding a Doctor

Next, it’s time to find a doctor to recommend medical marijuana in Michigan. While the state doesn’t keep a public listing of doctors certified to make such a recommendation, there are several third-party services that maintain such lists, such as Marijuana Doctors. The state requires that you have a bona fide relationship with that doctor, but the vast majority of patients find they are certified after a single visit. You can expect the fee for this visit to run between $75 and $150.

Once you’ve received a doctor’s certification, the last step is to return to the  online account you created via the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs and complete your registration. You’ll need to upload a scan of one of the following documents:

  • Michigan ID card
  • Michigan driver’s license
  • Signed Michigan voter registration card

The fee to register is $40. You can expect your MMMP card to arrive in the mail in about two week; it’s valid for two years. 

How to Get Your Medical Card in MI: Start Shopping and Saving!

Once you have your MMMP card, it’s time to start shopping! Our family of Michigan dispensaries sources a wide variety of premium cannabis products designed with medical users in mind. What’s more, MMMP cardholders will start reaping the advantage immediately: For one thing, recreational products tend to be on average about 20% more expensive than medical ones. For another, the final price tallies for MMMP cardholders won’t include the state’s 10% excise tax on cannabis products.

We’re excited to help you find the best cannabis products for your specific needs and goals. Once you have your MI medical marijuana card, don’t forget to stop by our Battle Creek dispensary or our Bay City dispensary! Have any questions? Don’t hesitate to reach out anytime!