How do registered patients get marijuana?

This is the contradiction in the new law. If you are approved and registered for marijuana use, you can use marijuana, but there’s no legal way to get it. You will have to break a law of some kind to get your supply.

The Problem, What You Can’t Do Legally

  • You can’t get a prescription for it.
  • You can’t buy it at the drugstore.
  • You can’t buy it on the street.
  • You can’t buy it from a friend or relative.
  • You can’t buy seeds to grow it.

What you CAN do Legally

  • You can grow it, except you can’t buy seeds.
  • You can use a letter from a doctor that you need marijuana as a defense in court

Clearly even legal marijuana use is in a transition period.

What you should do, if you need marijuana for your health

  • Make an appointment at the new Southfield clinic to get your doctors letter.
  • Save any seeds you might have for growing.
  • Start setting up a locked grow room.
  • Wait until the Michigan Department of Community Health finalizes their rules and starts accepting applications for registered patients before you start to grow your own.

Michigans First Medical Marijuana Clinic Opens

The first medical marijuana clinic opened in Southfield Michigan in December 2008. The clinic is located at;

2000 Town Center #1900
Southfield, Michigan 48075
Phone (248)351-1746
Fax(503)235-0120

It is run by The Hemp & Cannabis Foundation.

Until the Michigan Department of Community Health comes up with their final rules and procedures, the new clinic will only be able to issue a doctors statement that;

“the doctor feels they would benefit from the medical use of marijuana for the treatment of their serious medical condition symptoms”

If you are arrested and charged with possession, the new law permits you to use this doctors statement in your defense.

The Michigan Department of Community Health has until April 4 2009 to come up with their policy and procedures for issuing ID cards to approved patients.

Michigan’s Medical Marijuana Ballot Proposal

Below is the actual wording of the ballot proposal. Many people were surprised that it passed.

PROPOSAL 08-1

A LEGISLATIVE INITIATIVE TO PERMIT THE USE AND CULTIVATION OF MARIJUANA FOR SPECIFIED MEDICAL CONDITIONS

The proposed law would:

  • Permit physician-approved use of marijuana by registered patients with debilitating medical conditions, including cancer, glaucoma, HIV, AIDS, hepatitis C, MS and other conditions as may be approved by the Department of Community Health.
  • Permit registered individuals to grow limited amounts of marijuana for qualifying patients in an enclosed, locked facility.
  • Require Department of Community Health to establish an identification card system for patients qualified to use marijuana and individuals qualified to grow marijuana.Permit registered and unregistered patients and primary caregivers to assert medical reasons for using marijuana as a defense to any prosecution involving marijuana.

Should this proposal be adopted?

  • Yes
  • No

Michigan voters passed the proposal with 63% of the vote and it passed in every county of the state.