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State-Specific Steps

Embarking on your journey to relief in Michigan is simple. Let our caring specialists guide you through the state-specific steps to obtain your medical cannabis card.
  1. 1

    Register Online With Leafwell

    You can speak to a doctor and qualify for a Michigan medical marijuana card online. The online consultation costs $99, and you are only billed if approved.

  2. 2

    Discuss Medical Marijuana With Your Doctor

    Attend your appointment and discuss why you would like an MMJ Card with your physician. The doctor will ask you questions based on your medical history and provide you with advice and guidance on whether medical marijuana is a good choice for you.

  3. 3

    Receive Your Certificate From Leafwell

    A certificate will be emailed to you immediately after your successful appointment. You only need the PDF version to complete your Michigan medical marijuana program application form. Once you have the PDF version, you can upload it as part of your application process on the government website.

  4. 4

    Apply for a Card With the Michigan Medical Marijuana Program

    They will approve or deny your application within 20 business days. As soon as you have the confirmation email, you can access medical marijuana, as this acts as a temporary card.

    The physical card will arrive approximately 7-10 days after approval.
    Your certificate will be valid for two years from the date of issue.

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What You Need to Know

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    Eligibility / Patient

    To apply for a medical marijuana card in Michigan, you must be a legal resident of the state. Patients must be aged 18 or over to apply for a medical marijuana card for themselves.

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    Caregivers must be aged 21 or over. A caregiver should fill out their application form; their name must also be listed on the patient’s application form. Caregivers must not have any felonies relating to drugs or violence and have not been convicted for any crime in the past 10 years.

    A court-appointed legal guardian or Medical Durable Power of Attorney (MDPOA) with the authority to sign documents and make medical decisions can also apply on behalf of the applicant.

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    Can Minors Qualify?

    Yes. Minors can have caregivers apply on their behalf. Minor patients also need two physicians’ MMJ certificates to submit along with their applications. At this time, Leafwell does not qualify minor patients in Michigan online.

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What You Need

You’ll need to provide the following to apply for a Michigan MMJ card:

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    Medical Marijuana Recommendation

    Once approved, your healthcare provider will submit your medical marijuana recommendation to the state so you can complete your application.

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    Proof of Identity

    You will need a government-issued photo ID, such as a Michigan driver’s license, state ID card, or government-issued document (such as a birth certificate/passport) with a copy of MI voter registration.

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    Proof of Michigan Residence (Optional)

    Use a Michigan driver’s license or state ID as proof of residency to ensure your new state card is printed with a photo.

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Cost Information

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Next Steps After Approval

Congratulations on getting your medical certification! You’re almost there, but there are a few more steps to complete to get your Michigan medical marijuana card. Let’s dive in!

  • Before You Start: What You’ll Need
    • A credit or debit card for payment
    • A valid photo ID
  • Download certificate: Once approved, you can download your doctor’s certificate immediately.
  • Submit Certification and Application: Log into the Michigan medical marijuana program website to submit your doctor’s certificate and application within 30 days.
  • Get a Card: Receive your medical card from the state within 30 days.
  • Start Shopping: Legally purchase medical cannabis products from a licensed dispensary.
How to Renew Your Card

Patients must renew 60 days before their card’s expiry and link their records before they can go through the normal renewal process. If the patient has already expired/lapsed in the state system, they must apply again as a new patient after linking their existing registration record.

  1. Sign in to Leafwell or register as a renewal patient if you’re new to Leafwell.
  2. Speak to a Michigan-licensed physician online.
  3. Get approved and download your doctor’s certificate.
  4. Log into the Michigan medical marijuana program website to link your existing registration record and complete the renewal application within 30 days.
  5. Pay the state’s $40 fee and receive an email once your application has been processed.
  6. Receive your new card in the mail within 30 business days.
Legal Topics

In 2016, Governor Rick Snyder signed a package of bills that allowed the operation and regulation of medical cannabis dispensaries and allowed the use of non-smokable forms of cannabis, such as topicals and edibles.

The Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marihuana Act passed in 2018 allows persons aged 21 and over to possess up to 2.5 ounces of cannabis in public, up to 10 ounces at home, and cultivate up to 12 plants at home. It also set up a system for the state-licensed cultivation and distribution of cannabis, with sales subject to a 10% excise tax (in addition to the state’s 6% sales tax). The law was enacted on December 6, 2018, and the first dispensaries opened to the public on December 1, 2019.


A caregiver is designated by the patient, who has agreed to assist with a patient’s medical use of marijuana and meets the requirements stated below.

Minor patients (under 18 years old) require a caregiver.

Caregiver Requirements:

  • Caregiver must be at least 21 years of age.
  • Never convicted of a violent or drug-related felony.
  • Primary caregivers must not have committed a felony within the last 10 years.
  • Patients may designate one caregiver. Caregivers can have up to five patients.

Caregiver Registration (State):

  • A patient must designate their caregiver on the application. Those applying with a caregiver must complete a paper application. There is no fee to become a caregiver. No mistakes or white-out on paper applications are allowed.
    • Refer to the caregiver application and instructions for initial and renewal adult patients who would like to apply with a caregiver.
    • For existing patients who want to add a caregiver, refer to the add/change caregiver form.
    • For minor patients and their caregiver(s), refer to the minor application.
  • Your valid ID must be submitted with the patient’s application.

Some states accept out-of-state medical marijuana cards in a process called reciprocity. The following states accept medical cannabis cards from Michigan or otherwise allow access to cannabis:

*Visitors must complete a visiting patient application with the state program.

The following states have legalized recreational cannabis for adults 21 and older but do not accept out-of-state cards:


Check out our MI FAQ page for more frequently asked questions in Michigan.

How much does a Michigan Medical Marijuana certificate and card cost?

An online consultation for a Michigan medical marijuana card costs $99 and includes a 2-year certification. You’ll only be charged if approved. Plus, now you can sign up with a friend and each save 10% on your consultation.

Patients will also pay a separate $40 application fee to the Michigan Medical Marijuana Program.

Here’s an overview of the fees:

  • $99 Initial certificate from Leafwell
  • $99 Renewal certificate from Leafwell
  • $198 Minor certification (includes two certificates)
  • $40 State caregiver application fee*

*State fees are not included with Leafwell fees and are paid directly to the state.

What medical conditions qualify for a Medical Marijuana Card in Michigan?

In Michigan, the following conditions may qualify you for a medical marijuana certificate and card:

What do I need to know about applying for my Medical Cannabis Card in Michigan online?

With Leafwell, applying for a Michigan medical marijuana card online is simple. Here’s what to expect:

  1. Register with Leafwell and speak to a Michigan-licensed healthcare provider online. Consultations cost $99 and you’ll only be charged if approved.
  2. Get approved and download your doctor’s certificate immediately.
  3. Submit your certificate with your application to the Michigan Medical Marijuana Program within 30 days.
  4. Receive your medical card from the state within 30 days and legally purchase cannabis from a licensed dispensary.
How old do I have to be to apply for a Medical Marijuana Card in Michigan?
Can I be/have a caregiver for a medical marijuana patient in Michigan?

Yes, medical marijuana patients in Michigan can have a caregiver. Patients must complete a paper application if designating a caregiver.

Caregiver Requirements:

  • Must be at least 21 years of age.
  • Never convicted of a violent or drug-related felony.
  • Primary caregivers must not have committed a felony within the last 10 years.
  • Patients may designate one caregiver. Caregivers can have up to five (5) patients.

Here’s how the caregiver process works:

  1. Your patient must designate you as their caregiver on a mail-in paper application. No mistakes or whiteout on paper applications!
    1. If your patient is already active and registered, they can add you using this form.
  2. A copy of the front of your valid state-issued driver’s license or personal identification card must be included with the patient’s application.
  3. There is no additional fee to become a caregiver.

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How do I apply for the state program in Michigan?

Here’s how to apply to the Michigan Marijuana Regulatory Agency (LARA)

Before you start, have these supporting documents ready:

  • Leafwell Medical Certificate
  • MI Driver’s License, MI State ID, or government-issued document that includes your name and date of birth with a copy of MI voter registration
  • Proof of Residency Requirements

Getting Your Michigan Medical Marijuana Card

  1. Create an account (skip to step 2 if you already have an account).
    1. Go to http://www.michigan.gov/MRAonline and click Register for an Account.
    2. Read the General Disclaimer and check the General Disclaimer Box.
    3. Click Continue Registration.
    4. Fill out all the Required Fields.
    5. Click Add New for Contact Info.
    6. For Contact Type select Individual and click Continue
    7. Enter your Contact Information (* field is required): First Name, Middle Initial, Last Name and Date of Birth must match your proof of Michigan residency.
    8. Click Add Additional Contact Address.
    9. Select Mailing Address. Then enter your address
    10. Click Save and Close
    11. On the Contact Information window click Continue.
    12. A Pop Up will appear, click Continue again.
    13. Under Contact Info, click Continue Registration.
    14. Now you will be back at the Home page. This will show your account has been completed and you may now Login.
  2. Click Login if you have just created an account. https://michigan.gov/MRAonline
  3. Enter the User Name OR E-mail address you created the account with and your password. Once in, click on the Registry Cards tab.
  4. Read the General Disclaimer and check the acceptance box, then click Continue Application.
  5. Click on the Registry Cards drop-down and select Patient Only Registry Application then click Continue Application. 
  6. Click on the Select from Account.
  7. Verify your Mailing address is checked and click Continue. After verifying your information, click Continue Application.
  8. Review Patient Current Address. Select Yes or No if you need to change your address
    1. If you select Yes, update the information then click Continue Application.
    2. If you select No, click Continue Application
  9. From the drop-down menu, select what type of Proof of Residency you will use
    1. If you select Michigan State Issued Driver’s License Number or Personal Identification, fill in the required (*) fields.
    2. If you select I’ll upload my MI Voter Reg and a valid Government Issued Document with my name and birthdate, follow these steps:
      1. (No Name Change) – If you do not need to change your name select No.
      2. (Name Change) – If you need to change our name, select Yes. Fill in the required fields (*) with your new Name and Date of Birth.
  10. Click Continue Application.
    1. Note: If you receive an error when submitting your Driver License/ID info, select the “I’ll upload my MI Voter…” option from the drop-down and follow steps above
  11. Select from the dropdown list whether your physician will certify you online or if you will upload a copy of the paper certification.
  12. Type in the Michigan Physician License Number then press tab. (Physician’s info will auto populate) and click Continue Application 
  13. If you selected, I’ll Upload my MI Voter Reg and a Government Issued Document with my name and birthdate for proof of residency or I will upload my Physician Certification you will now be asked to upload those documents. Make sure your documents are downloaded to your computer or device before moving on. Click Add and follow these steps:
    1. Click Add again. Select the documents that are saved on your device.
    2. If you need to upload more than one document, click Add again.
    3. Once all documents are uploaded, click Continue. 
    4. Select the applicable record type for each document you uploaded from the drop-down list.
    5. If all documents are uploaded, click Save. Once saved, you will get a confirmation when the documents are successfully uploaded. Click Continue Application.
  14. Review the application info, edit each section if needed and print a copy for your records. Read the Attestation, check the Attestation Certification Box and click Continue Application. 
  15. Once you have reviewed the application fee, click Continue Application. 
  16. Choose a method of payment and click Next. 
  17. Fill in all Required Fields (*) for the payment type you selected, click Next then click Pay Now. 
  18. Once your payment has been successfully submitted, you will receive confirmation your application has been submitted. Write this record number on the summary you printed, or you may print this page for your records.
  19. Wait for your application to be processed – you don’t need to do anything
    1. Once your Leafwell Physician receives notice of your pending application, they have 15 days to complete their portion of your application.
    2. Once your application has been processed, you will receive an email from noreply@accela.com. This email may go to your Spam or Junk folder.
    3. You may check the status at any time by logging into the Accela Citizen Access Portal(www.Michigan.gov/MRAonline) and looking under My Records.
  20. Receive your ID card in the mail
    1. This happens within 30 days of the application. Your card will be valid for 2 years.
  21. Legally purchase medical marijuana
    1. Once you have received your registry ID card you are ready to purchase products from a licensed medical cannabis pharmacy.
    2. To purchase medical cannabis, you must bring your medical cannabis card and a valid form of photo identification, such as a driver’s license, with you to the pharmacy.