- A Michigan medical card can save you up to 10% on every marijuana purchase.
- See a healthcare provider on your schedule.
- Pay only $149 for your appointment — and get your money back if not approved!
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.
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.
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.
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. 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 7-10 days after approval.
Your certificate will be valid for two years from the date of issue.
Benefits of Having a Medical Card in Michigan
Cannabis is legal for recreational use in Michigan. However, holding an MMJ card in the state allows you to purchase medical cannabis at a lower taxation rate. Medical patients pay just 6% tax, while adult-use purchases are taxed at 16%.
There are also higher possession limits for medical patients. Medical cannabis card holders in Michigan can possess the following:
- up to 16 oz of a solid cannabis product
- up to 7 g of a “gaseous” cannabis product
- up to 36 fl oz of a liquid cannabis product.
Anyone over the age of 21 may legally possess up to 2.5 ounces of the product under the recreational cannabis law. However, an MMJ card guarantees access and reduces cost. Recreational marijuana must be purchased from state-licensed dispensaries, and in many parts of the state, there are few dispensaries available. Medical marijuana cards make obtaining cannabis easier throughout Michigan.
To apply for a Medical Marijuana Card in Michigan, you must be a legal resident of Michigan State. Patients must be aged 18 or over to apply for a medical marijuana card for themselves.
Can Minors Get a Medical Card in Michigan?
Minors can have caregivers apply on their behalf. Unfortunately, Leafwell does not qualify minor patients online. Minor patients also need two physicians’ MMJ certificates to submit along with their applications.
Caregivers must be aged 21 or over. A caregiver should fill out their application form, and 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.
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.
Caregivers must be aged 21 or over. Caregivers must be listed on the patient’s paper application form. Caregivers must not have any felonies relating to drugs or violence and have not been convicted for any crime in the past ten years.
An individual can be a caregiver for up to five patients at any time.
- Alzheimer’s Disease
- Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
- Autism/Asperger Syndrome
- Cachexia or Wasting Syndrome
- Cerebral Palsy (CP) and Similar Conditions
- Chronic Pain, Muscle Pain and Other Types of Pain
- Crohn’s Disease
What You’ll Need to Apply
To apply for your MMJ Card in Michigan, you must show your signed certificate, which provides proof of your condition, and identification documents. You should gather together the following:
- Acceptable ID, such as an unexpired driver’s license or state-produced ID, voter’s registration, or passport
- Proof of residence, such as a utility bill, state correspondence, a bank statement, or mortgage/rental agreement
- A signed physician’s certificate (which can be obtained via Leafwell)
Leafwell physicians don’t legally require your medical records to conduct a consultation. However, if you have them, we encourage you to upload them because it helps our physicians deliver better service, as they’ll better understand your medical history.
The consultation with a Michigan registered practitioner via Leafwell’s HIPAA-compliant online consultation service is a one-off fee of $149. However, you will only be charged if you qualify for an MMJ Card and our practitioner elects to approve you.
It costs $40 for the MMJ card and application form, payable to the state. This is a non-refundable fee that must be paid every time you apply. Each card is valid for two years. Every time you renew, you must meet with a state-licensed physician via a telemedicine platform like Leafwell and then renew your card via the state website.
There is no additional fee for applications that include a designated caregiver.
Insurance does not currently cover the cost of applying for an MMJ Card in Michigan because cannabis is illegal at the federal level.
Medical Marijuana Reciprocity
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:
- Alaska ^
- Arkansas *
- California ^
- Colorado ^
- Connecticut ^
- Delaware ^
- Hawaii *
- Illinois ^
- Maryland ^ (as of July 2023)
- Michigan (qualifying state must also have reciprocity with Michigan)
- Missouri ^
- New Hampshire
- New Mexico * (recreational cannabis is legal in NM)
- Oklahoma *
- Oregon ^
- Pennsylvania (minors only)
- Puerto Rico
- Rhode Island
- U.S. Virgin Islands *
- Utah (max. 45 days, after which the patient must apply for a Utah MMJ card)
- Vermont ^
- Virginia ^
- Washington ^
- Washington D.C.
States marked with * require visitors to complete a visiting patient application for their stay.
States marked with ^ have adult use programs but do not accept out-of-state cards.
Where to Buy Medical Marijuana in MI
As a patient, you can purchase medical marijuana from any licensed Michigan dispensary and enjoy exemption from the additional 10% excise tax. While there aren’t medical marijuana-specific facilities, some businesses may be more patient-accommodating than others.
When seeking medical marijuana, it’s a good idea to talk to dispensary staff and ask plenty of questions. These trained professionals can assist you in identifying the best cannabis products for specific health conditions and address any questions or concerns.
Qualified Michigan medical marijuana patients 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 twelve marijuana plants on behalf of their charges. Adults over 21 in Michigan can grow up to 12 plants for recreational use too.
You must declare your intention to cultivate when applying for your medical marijuana card.
Michigan Medical Marijuana Laws to Know
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 such as topicals and edibles.
The Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marihuana Act passed in 2018 and allowed 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 went into effect on December 6, 2018, and the first dispensaries opened to the public on December 1, 2019.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does a Michigan Medical Marijuana certificate and card cost?
Medical marijuana certificate (2 years) = $149 at Leafwell
Renewal certificate = $149 at Leafwell
State application fee* = $40
You will only be billed if approved. Plus, now you can sign up with a friend and each save 10% on your consultation with Leafwell.
*State fees are not included with Leafwell fees and must be paid directly to the state program.
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 (ALS), aka Lou Gehrig’s Disease
- Cerebral Palsy
- Chronic Pain
- Crohn’s Disease
- Hepatitis C
- Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBDs)
- Nail-Patella syndrome
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Spinal Cord Injury
- Tourette’s Disease
- Ulcerative Colitis
- A chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition or its treatment that produces one or more of the following:
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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. Patients must complete a paper application if designating a 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 (5) patients.
Here’s how the caregiver process works:
- Your patient must designate you as their caregiver on a mail-in paper application. No mistakes or whiteout on paper applications!
- If your patient is already active and registered, they can add you using this form.
- 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.
- There is no additional fee to become a caregiver.
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
- Create an account (skip to step 2 if you already have an account).
- Go to http://www.michigan.gov/MRAonline and click Register for an Account.
- Read the General Disclaimer and check the General Disclaimer Box.
- Click Continue Registration.
- Fill out all the Required Fields.
- Click Add New for Contact Info.
- For Contact Type select Individual and click Continue
- Enter your Contact Information (* field is required): First Name, Middle Initial, Last Name and Date of Birth must match your proof of Michigan residency.
- Click Add Additional Contact Address.
- Select Mailing Address. Then enter your address
- Click Save and Close
- On the Contact Information window click Continue.
- A Pop Up will appear, click Continue again.
- Under Contact Info, click Continue Registration.
- Now you will be back at the Home page. This will show your account has been completed and you may now Login.
- Click Login if you have just created an account. https://michigan.gov/MRAonline
- Enter the User Name OR E-mail address you created the account with and your password. Once in, click on the Registry Cards tab.
- Read the General Disclaimer and check the acceptance box, then click Continue Application.
- Click on the Registry Cards drop-down and select Patient Only Registry Application then click Continue Application.
- Click on the Select from Account.
- Verify your Mailing address is checked and click Continue. After verifying your information, click Continue Application.
- Review Patient Current Address. Select Yes or No if you need to change your address
- If you select Yes, update the information then click Continue Application.
- If you select No, click Continue Application
- From the drop-down menu, select what type of Proof of Residency you will use
- If you select Michigan State Issued Driver’s License Number or Personal Identification, fill in the required (*) fields.
- If you select I’ll upload my MI Voter Reg and a valid Government Issued Document with my name and birthdate, follow these steps:
- (No Name Change) – If you do not need to change your name select No.
- (Name Change) – If you need to change our name, select Yes. Fill in the required fields (*) with your new Name and Date of Birth.
- Click Continue Application.
- 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
- Select from the dropdown list whether your physician will certify you online or if you will upload a copy of the paper certification.
- Type in the Michigan Physician License Number then press tab. (Physician’s info will auto populate) and click Continue Application
- 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:
- Click Add again. Select the documents that are saved on your device.
- If you need to upload more than one document, click Add again.
- Once all documents are uploaded, click Continue.
- Select the applicable record type for each document you uploaded from the drop-down list.
- If all documents are uploaded, click Save. Once saved, you will get a confirmation when the documents are successfully uploaded. Click Continue Application.
- 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.
- Once you have reviewed the application fee, click Continue Application.
- Choose a method of payment and click Next.
- Fill in all Required Fields (*) for the payment type you selected, click Next then click Pay Now.
- 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.
- Wait for your application to be processed – you don’t need to do anything
- Once your Leafwell Physician receives notice of your pending application, they have 15 days to complete their portion of your application.
- Once your application has been processed, you will receive an email from email@example.com. This email may go to your Spam or Junk folder.
- 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.
- Receive your ID card in the mail
- This happens within 30 days of the application. Your card will be valid for 2 years.
- Legally purchase medical marijuana
- Once you have received your registry ID card you are ready to purchase products from a licensed medical cannabis pharmacy.
- 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.
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