Medical (Comprehensive)

Important Dates

2008: The Michigan Medical Marijuana Initiative was approved legalizing medical marijuana.
Michigan’s Governor signed three bills to clarify and expand Michigan’s medical marijuana program.


In 2008, Michigan became the 13th state to legalize medical marijuana when the Michigan Medical Marijuana Initiative passed by 63%. Because the law passed in 2008 did not lay out clear regulations for marijuana businesses, in 2016, three bills were signed by Governor Snyder that clarified the marijuana program in Michigan and created a regulatory system for marijuana businesses within the state. The new bills added increased protection for patients and established licensing and a regulatory system for marijuana businesses.


Can I possess, buy or grow marijuana in Michigan?

Currently, patients with a debilitating medical condition can possess, grow and purchase medicinal marijuana. Qualifying conditions include but are not limited to:

  • Cancer
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Nail Patella
  • Hepatitis C
  • Glaucoma
  • A chronic disease that produces severe pain, nausea, seizures, muscle spasms or cachexia

Patients can possess up to two and one-half ounces of useable marijuana at one time.

Patients may grow their own marijuana up to 12 plants. Plants should be kept in an enclosed and locked facility or outdoors not visible to an adjacent property. Caregivers over the age of 21 can also grow medicine for up to five patients.

Can I operate a vehicle while under the influence of marijuana in Michigan?

Driving while impaired by THC is prohibited by law.

How do I get a medical marijuana card in Michigan?

In order to get a medical marijuana card in Michigan, patients must register with the official Michigan Medical Marijuana Program (MMMP). In order to receive approval, you must submit an application, a written recommendation from a physician describing your qualifying debilitating condition, proof of Michigan residency and a $60 application fee.

Can I use marijuana in public in Michigan?

No. Medical marijuana must be consumed on private property and out of view from the general public.

Can I sell marijuana in Michigan?

A licensed grower may sell to a processor or dispensary. Patients can only purchase from a dispensary.


The information presented here should not be construed as legal advice. State and Federal laws are always subject to change. We aim to keep this page as updated as possible; however, for additional information regarding Michigan marijuana laws, please see the Michigan Medical Marijuana Program website,  Find Law and the National Conference of State Legislatures.