New Rules Lower Cost for Medical Marijuana Certification Card

By Rich Adams

 

New rules for the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act that recently went into effect lower the registry card application from $60 to $40 for a two-year card.

Other changes enacted by the new rules eliminates fees for a number of actions on registry cards.

“Our team has worked hard over the last year to streamline the process for Michigan’s medical marijuana cardholders,” Marijuana Regulatory Agency Executive Director Andrew Brisbo said in a news release. “Not only have we lowered the costs, but we’ve made it significantly easier for patients to apply for – and receive – their registry cards.”

The medical marijuana law was passed by Michigan voters in 2008 and authorizes the medical use of marijuana for qualifying patients and provides for the issuance of registry identification cards to qualifying patients and their caregivers, if applicable.

In addition to the lower cost when applying for a registry card, the $25 caregiver criminal background check processing fee has been eliminated

A $10 fee has been eliminated for:

  • Updating the name or address on a registry card
  • Adding or removing a caregiver
  • Requesting a replacement card

Another change increases the renewal period for patients from 60 to 90 days.

A provision is now in effect that authorizes patients to change the person designated to be in possession of the plants. Email is now included as a method by which the Michigan Medical Marijuana Program may contact a patient, caregiver or physician.

Earlier this year, the MRA expanded the program’s online processes to allow marijuana patients in Michigan who apply for their marijuana registry card online to use their approval email as a temporary substitute for a valid registry card to obtain their medication the same day they are approved.

This approval email is valid until patients receive their card in the mail or for up to 15 days from the date of the approval email. A valid driver’s license or government-issued identification card with a photographic image is also required to purchase marijuana.

To utilize this online service, visit michigan.gov/mmp and note the following:

  • A patient’s certifying physician must have an online account with the MMMP
  • A patient must register for an online account
  • The patient must submit an online application

If you have questions about the temporary card or about the online application process, call the Marijuana Regulatory Agency MMMP Division at (517) 284-6400.

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