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Both recreational and medicinal marijuana are legal in Michigan for adults over the age of 21. Patients under the age of 21, but 18 years of age or older, may participate in the state’s medical marijuana program only. Within the state of Michigan, possession of 2.5 oz of flower marijuana or 15 g of concentrate are allowed in public. Within a residence, one may have 10 oz and grow up to 12 plants for personal use. Public use is prohibited, as is drugged driving. Possession of more than 2.5 oz, but less than 5 oz, is a civil infraction for first-time violators, who may be fined $500. Second-time violators may be charged with another civil infraction and fined $1,000. Third-time violations and all subsequent violations are misdemeanors punishable by a fine of not more than $2,000. Possession of more than 5 oz is a misdemeanor. Violators will not be subject to imprisonment unless “the violation was habitual, willful, and for a commercial purpose or the violation involved violence.”

To qualify for Michigan’s medical marijuana program, patients must receive a recommendation from a licensed physician (either MD or DO) with whom they have a bona-fide physician-patient relationship, and they must have one of the following qualifying conditions: 
•    Alzheimer's disease
•    ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis)
•    Arthritis
•    Autism spectrum disorder
•    Cachexia
•    Cancer
•    Cerebral palsy
•    Colitis
•    Chronic pain
•    Crohn's disease
•    Glaucoma
•    Hepatitis C
•    IBD (inflammatory bowel disease)
•    Nail-patella syndrome
•    Nausea
•    OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder)
•    Parkinson's disease
•    PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder)
•    Seizures
•    Severe and persistent muscle spasms
•    Spinal cord injury
•    Tourette syndrome
•    Ulcerative colitis

Michigan does offer reciprocity to patients from other jurisdictions, but only if said jurisdiction allows reciprocity.  

For more information, please see the website for the Michigan Medical Marihuana Program:,4601,7-154-89334_79571_79575_79583---,00.html.

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