Michigan Medical Marijuana Registry Card Application Fee Reduced, Other Fees Eliminated

Screenshot 2019-10-30 09.48.41MICHIGAN: The Marijuana Regulatory Agency announced today that new administrative rules for the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act (MMMA) are now in effect. The new rules lowered the registry card application fee by 33 percent while eliminating fees associated with processing updates or replacing marijuana registry cards.

“Our team has worked hard over the last year to streamline the process for Michigan’s medical marijuana cardholders,” said MRA Executive Director Andrew Brisbo. “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 MMMA 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.

Highlights of the new changes are as follows:

  • The patient application fee (for a two-year card) has been reduced from $60.00 to $40.00.
  • The $25.00 caregiver criminal background check processing fee has been eliminated.
  • The $10.00 fee has been eliminated for the following services:
    •  Update the name or address on a registry card
    • Add or remove a caregiver
    • Request a replacement card
  • The renewal period for patients has increased 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 (MMMP) may contact a patient, caregiver, or physician.

The new rule changes come shortly after the MRA expanded the MMMP 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 in order to obtain their medication the same day they are approved.

The email that patients receive after an approved online application serves as a temporary substitute for a valid registry card. 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.

As a result, patients do not have to wait to receive their registry cards in the mail and will be able to purchase or obtain medication the same day they are approved. 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 please visit www.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, please call the Marijuana Regulatory Agency MMMP Division at 517-284-6400.

Michigan Appeals Court Rules That Medical Marijuana Law Trumps Unemployment Law

MICHIGAN:  A new ruling in a Michigan appeals court stated that if an employee gets fired only because they use medical marijuana, they still qualify for unemployment benefits. Three lower Michigan courts’ rulings were upheld: In Michigan, medical marijuana laws trump unemployment laws. In other words, if you live in Michigan and get fired because you smoked marijuana legally, you can still get unemployment money while you look for another job. The court ruled that it doesn’t matter what an employer’s policy is, Michigan’s medical marijuana law forbids penalties “in any manner” as long as the marijuana was used legally.

The attorney general’s office in Michigan claimed the state law protects people from criminal prosecutions, but did not protect them from unfavorable rulings in civil disputes such as unemployment pay, according to CBS News. The courts disagreed with the attorney general’s office. The Michigan Medical Marihuana Act, according to the court’s decision, supersedes the the Michigan Employment Security Act. Thankfully for medical marijuana patients, the MMMA purposely uses plain language.

“The plain language of the MMMA’s immunity clause states that claimants shall not suffer a penalty for their medical use of marijuana,” the court opinion stated.

The ruling came about after three employees were fired between 2010 and 2012 when they violated their employers “drug free” policies. The three employees had tested positive for medical marijuana, but were using marijuana in a way Michigan law says is legal. Forklift operator Rick Braska, CT tech Jenine Kemp, and furniture repairman Stephen Kudzia were the three medical marijuana patients at the center of the controversial case, according to Hemp. The employers of these three Michigan medical marijuana patients never accused their employees of being under the influence of the marijuana at any time on the job.



Add Up Your Edibles And Calculate Your Concentrates — The New World Of Michigan Medical Marijuana

MICHIGAN:  It seemed like a major victory when both bills passed the House, back on December 12, 2013 — the Provisioning Center Bill passed by 95-14 and the Concentrates Bill passed by an overwhelming majority of 100-9. However, months passed as both bills were then sent to languish in Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville’s Government Operations Committee, where he planned to “sit on” the bills for a while, because he didn’t “want this ballot initiative to take over.”

At that time he said he was not in favor of dispensaries. It seems he has since changed his mind, however, and on July 15, 2014, Richardville’s Government Operations Committee voted both the Provisioning Center and Concentrates Bills out of Committee, to be voted on by the full Senate, likely in September. While Mr. Richardville claims that the current bills will look much different when voted on in September, we have a good idea of the bills’ general framework.

Edibles will no longer be some hazy, undefined grey area under the MMMA. They will be regulated and counted toward a patient’s allowable 2.5 ounces. How did the lawmakers decide to calculate the weight of edibles?