You might. In order to become a qualified patient, you must first have a physician certify that you have a qualifying condition for which medical marijuana can be prescribed as part of treatment. However, not just any physician can write you a script or certify that you have a qualifying condition. The statute requires that the physician who certifies you have the condition must be one with whom you have a verifiable physician-patient relationship. Such a relationship cannot be established in one or two visits with a physician. Rather, it is one that accrues over the course of time.

The following list contains the conditions which the MMMA recognizes as grounds for becoming a qualifying patient:

  • Alzheimer’s Syndrome

  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig’s Disease)

  • HIV or AIDS

  • Cancer

  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

  • Hepatitis C

  • Crohn’s Disease

  • Nail Patella

  • Glaucoma

  • Seizures

  • Cachexia or Wasting Syndrome

  • Chronic Pain

So long as a physician with whom a person has a physician-patient relationship diagnoses one of these conditions, you can submit an application to the State of Michigan for a Michigan Medical Marijuana Card to become a qualifying patient. There is a $100 fee that must be submitted with the application to the Secretary of State’s Bureau of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, along with your application and the attendant paperwork.

Primary caregivers, who are allowed to grow marijuana for up to five qualifying patients, must also obtain a license.
In order to obtain a caregiver license, a person must meet the following criteria:

  • The person must be 21 years of age

  • The person must not have a criminal record with a violent felony or a drug-related felony

  • The person must not have any felony convictions within the last ten years prior to the date of application.

Caregivers must also apply to the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs and pay the requisite fee. A caregiver can only have up to five qualified patients, and each qualified patient may only have one primary caregiver to provide them with medical marijuana.

 

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