Legalization of Medical Marijuana in Michigan
Michigan lawmakers are considering a bill to regulate of medical marijuana for adult consumers. The Michigan Medical Act was approved by 63% of voters on November 4, 2008 and took effect on December 4, 2008.
*Under zero tolerance, users cannot operate a motor vehicle in possession [(a) Enclosed in a case that is carried in the trunk of the vehicle.
(b) Enclosed in a case that is not readily accessible from the interior of the vehicle, if the vehicle in which the person is traveling does not have a trunk.] or under the influence of a Schedule 1 narcotic. Marijuana is listed as a Schedule 1 narcotic.
The City of Keego Harbor voted to legalize marijuana for people 21 and older, with up to one ounce, and only in non-public places (such as a house).
Quantity of Marijuana
Qualifying patient is allowed to possess 2.5 ounces of medical marijuana. Qualifying patients are allowed no more than 12 marijuana plants in an enclosed facility, for personal use. A qualifying patient is allowed to grow marijuana plants only if he or she has not specified a primary caregiver to cultivate the marijuana plant for him or her.
Treatment to Illnesses in Michigan
Specific Medical Conditions listed in Statute: Cancer, Glaucoma, Positive status for human immunodeficiency virus, Acquired immune deficiency syndrome, Hepatitis C, Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS - Lou Gehrig's Disease), Crohn's disease, Agitation of Alzheimer's disease, Nail patella.
General diseases, medical conditions, and treatment not listed but authorized in Statute include: cachexia or wasting syndrome, severe and chronic pain, 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.
Licensing & Supply
The Michigan Supreme Court ruled 4-1 that dispensaries are illegal. In regards to the ruling, qualifying medical marijuana patients in Michigan will have to grow their own marijuana or get it from a designated caregiver who is limited to five patients. Patients applying for medical marijuana registry ID cards, require proof of Michigan residency. The registry medical marijuana ID cards are currently valid for 2 years instead of 1 year.