First, receive a medical marijuana doctor evaluation by a state certified physician. We recommend making an appointment with a doctor at Intesssa Certification Center located at 2500 Packard St. #107, Ann Arbor, MI. Visit their website or call them at (517) 881-6905 to make an appointment. They will be happy to answer any questions regarding your visit with the doctor.
You can apply for a medical marijuana card online or by paper. Intessa will help you fill out and send off either your online or paper MMMP application. They will also help to ensure that your application fee is paid correctly. Alternatively, you can download the application paperwork through Michigan’s Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs.
If you apply for your card online, you should receive an email confirming the receipt of your payment and application very quickly. Shortly after, you should receive another email that includes your patient card number (example: PT-00-123456). You can use this second email which includes your patient number as a temporary card for up to 10 days. You can even come into Arbors Wellness and make a purchase with a printout of this email.
If you are sending in your paper application, double check all of your forms to be certain they were filled out legibly and correctly before putting it in the mailbox. Use a check or money order to pay the patient and/or caregiver fee. Send your application and your check together through certified mail to ensure it reaches the state. If your application is approved, you will receive your medical marijuana card shortly after.
Waiting for Your Medical Marijuana Card
Although you have been given a recommendation from a Doctor, you still need to wait for the Michigan’s Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) to approve your application. This is why it’s very important to make sure all of the pieces of your application have been filled out legibly and correctly. If your card has taken over four weeks to arrive, you can contact LARA’s Medical Marihuana Program at 517-284-6400 or BPL-MMMPINFO@michigan.gov.
In the state’s eye, a patient’s medical marijuana card allows that person to carry up to 2.5 ounces of usable cannabis and grow up to twelve plants. The card does not allow patients to smoke in public, share medicine, or grow in plain view of neighbors.
Patients that need somebody else to grow and transport their cannabis should find a suitable caregiver. Caregivers can, but do not need to be patients themselves. They do, however, need to be registered with LARA. Caregivers can hold up to five patients’ plant rights. This means that a caregiver can grow and transport cannabis for up to five patients that have registered with that specific caregiver through LARA.
Arbors Wellness only allows patients and caregivers to enter the building. If you need assistance with your cannabis, it is a good idea to register a close relation as your caregiver.
To purchase medicine as a caregiver, you must bring your patients’ medical marijuana card(s) with you every visit. This ensures that a patient’s 2.5 ounce allotment is not surpassed.