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How to get a medical card in Michigan.

  1. 1

    Register online with Leafwell

    You can speak to a doctor and qualify for a Michigan medical marijuana card online. The cost of the online consultation is $149, 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 15 business days. As soon as you have the confirmation email, you can access medical marijuana as this acts as a temporary card. You do not need to wait for the physical card to be sent to you – just print off the email. The physical card will arrive approximately five days after approval.

    Your certificate will be valid for two years from the date of issue.

Benefits of Getting a Michigan Medical Card

  • Medical marijuana patients pay less tax for their product – 6% compared to 16%.
  • Younger legal age for legal consumption – medical cannabis patients can be 18 or older.
  • Greater access to products and dispensaries.

About Medical Marijuana in Michigan

Voters approved Proposal 1 in November 2008, the "Michigan Medical Marihuana Act," removing state penalties for the use, possession, and cultivation of cannabis by patients in possession of a valid medical marijuana recommendation from their physician.

A 2018 initiative to legalize recreational use (the Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act) passed with 56% of the vote. State-licensed sales of recreational cannabis began in December 2019. The Act 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.

Some cities and counties in Michigan decriminalized cannabis before the state legislation was passed. Famously, the college town of Ann Arbor decriminalized cannabis in 1972. However, most cities took steps many decades later, including Detroit, Flint, and Grand Rapids in 2012, Jackson and Lansing in 2013, and Mount Pleasant and Saginaw in 2014.

Michigan has a Social Equity Program. The Social Equity Program is available as a provision under the Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marihuana Act (MRTMA) to promote and encourage participation in the marijuana industry by people from communities disproportionately impacted by marijuana prohibition and enforcement to impact those communities positively.

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How to qualify

Patients must be aged 18 or over to apply for a medical marijuana card for themselves. Minors can have Caregivers apply on their behalf. Leafwell does not qualify minor patients online. Minor patients (under 18) also need two MMJ certificates for two physicians.

Once you’ve been accepted, you must register with the Michigan Marijuana Program.

  1. Information for caregivers
    • Caregivers must be aged 21 or over. A caregiver should fill out their application form and 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 authority to sign documents and make medical decisions can apply on behalf of the applicant.

Medical Conditions

According to Michigan law, the following debilitating conditions may qualify you for a medical marijuana card in Michigan:

Any other condition determined by your doctor and those considering your application to be acceptable for medical marijuana use.

Possession and Growing

Medical marijuana patients can possess the following amounts of cannabis:

  • 2.5 oz. of cannabis outside of the home.
  • Up to 10 oz. Inside the home.
  • 15 grams of concentrate.

A qualified Michigan medical marijuana patient can grow up to 12 cannabis plants. However, these plants must be locked in an enclosed space. Caregivers are also permitted to grow/possess up to 12 marijuana plants.

You will need to declare your intention to cultivate when you apply for your Medical Marijuana card.

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Medical Marijuana patients in Michigan can have a caregiver.

Some patients may be eligible for an MMJ Card but unable to apply for one themselves. For example, should the patient be a minor under 18, or if the patient needs assistance accessing medical cannabis, a caregiver can be assigned to complete the process on their behalf. Those under 18 will require a caregiver and two physicians’ medical cannabis certifications.

  1. 01

    Caregivers must be aged 21 or over.

  2. 02

    Caregivers fill out an application and must be listed on the patient’s application form.

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    Caregivers must not have any felonies relating to drugs or violence and have not been convicted for any crime in the past 10 years.

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    An individual can be a caregiver for up to 5 patients at any time.


Michigan has reciprocity and accepts medical marijuana identity cards from other states. Other states with medical marijuana reciprocity may also accept another state’s medical cannabis ID card is valid.

The following states accept out-of-state medical cannabis cards or have adult-use programs where you do not need to show a card (except ID card to confirm age):

  • Alaska^
  • Arkansas*
  • California^
  • Colorado^
  • Hawaii*
  • Maine
  • Massachusetts
  • Nevada
  • Oklahoma*
  • Oregon^
  • Puerto Rico
  • Washington^
  • Washington D.C.

*Require visitors to complete a visiting patient application for the duration of their stay.

^Has an adult-use program but does not accept out-of-state cards.

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Frequently asked questions in Michigan

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

Medical marijuana certificate on its own = $149 at Leafwell

State application fee = $40

Renewal fee = $149

Plus, now you can sign up with a friend and each save 10% on your consultation with Leafwell.

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:

  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis aka Lou Gehrig’s Disease
  • Arthritis
  • Autism
  • Cancer
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Colitis
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Glaucoma
  • Hepatitis C
  • Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBDs)
  • Multiple sclerosis (MS)
  • Nail patella
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Severe nausea
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Tourette’s Disease
  • A chronic of debilitating disease or medical condition or its treatment that produces one or more of the following: Cachexia or wasting syndrome
  • Severe or chronic pain
  • 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)
  • Any other condition determined by your doctor and those considering your application to be acceptable for medical marijuana use
What do I need to know about applying for my Medical Cannabis Card in Michigan online?

There are three simple steps to seeing a Leafwell provider in Michigan to obtain your Medical Marijuana Card online:

  1. Create a Leafwell account by using a valid email address and choosing a password. You’ll then be asked to complete a brief questionnaire of personal and health information and to upload some ID. You will need a smartphone, computer, or tablet with a reliable internet connection and a working camera to be seen by a Leafwell provider.
  2. Next, you will be taken to the virtual waiting room where you’ll be connected with a Leafwell provider for a video chat. During the video chat, the provider will assess your health situation to determine if you qualify for a medica marijuana certification.
  3. If you are approved for a medical marijuana certification, you’ll be sent a copy of your recommendation via email. Complete the state application using this certificate and get approved by the state.
How old do I have to be to apply for a Medical Marijuana Card in Michigan?

You must be at least 18 years of age in order to apply for a Medical Marijuana Card in Michigan. Caregivers must be 21 years of age. However, Leafwell currently does not see minors for telemedicine.

Can I be/have a caregiver for a medical marijuana patient in Michigan?

Yes, medical marijuana patients in Michigan can have a caregiver.

Check out the Michigan Medical Marijuana Program (MMMP) website here.

To apply as a caregiver, follow this process:

  1. Register for an MMMP account at the Citizen Portal here.
  2. Patient must fill out application form and fill out the Caregiver section as well.
  3. Get certified for medical marijuana with Leafwell.
  4. Attach certificate and appropriate documents (ID, proof of address) and send it to the MMMP, whether online or via post. Once approved, the patient and caregiver will receive a medical marijuana identification card.

According to the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act (MMMA), anyone can be a caregiver who is at least 21 with no drug felonies, no violent felonies, and no felony at all within the past ten years.

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 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.
  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 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( and looking under My Records.
  20. Receive your ID card in the mail
    1. This happens within 20 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.