Michigan Marihuana Facts


Although Michigan’s medical cannabis facts website claims that“there is no place in the state of Michigan to legally purchase medical marihuana,” the law is vague and thus there are numerous non-profit dispensaries operating throughout the state. Courts have only partially clarified the issue.

Curious Michigan marijuana fact: the state, and thus all legal documents, officially spells it MARIHUANA with an “h” instead of the usual spelling with a “j.” No explanation is given for this other than it being an acceptable spelling.

The law has very strong built-in doctor protections: a doctor may not be arrested, prosecuted or penalized in any manner, or be denied any right or privilege, for discussing medical marijuana with a patient. This includes protection from civil penalties and disciplinary actions by state medical boards.

The latest marijuana statistics out of Michigan show that there have been 205,423 applications (original and renewal) for marijuana cards since licensing began in April 2009.

A total of 126,912 Michigan marijuana cards have been issued and 21,453 applications have been denied. Most denials were a result of missing documentation and improperly filled out applications, rather than failure to qualify.

Caregivers are allowed to grow and posses medical marijuana for up to 5 patients. As of November 2011, the exact number of caregivers is unknown, although this is mainly due to the program’s young age. Much more statistical marijuana data is expected to be available in 2012.

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