The top four reasons you should consider making the switch from a recreational cannabis consumer to a Michigan medical cannabis patient

Michigan, like many other states, first legalized cannabis for medicinal use. Recreational cannabis has since taken the spotlight, and, as a result, many new consumers have lost sight of the plants’ therapeutic value. Still, there are many reasons every Michigan cannabis consumer should consider getting a medical marijuana card – from both a medicinal and financial standpoint.

Becoming a Michigan medical cannabis patient takes a little work, but it’s worth the minimal effort considering the benefits.

Here are four reasons we think you should consider becoming a Michigan medical cannabis patient. 

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You’ll save money.

Michigan’s medical cannabis patients save money because recreational marijuana is taxed at a higher rate. If you’re a Michigan MMJ patient, you avoid the 10% excise tax applied to recreational weed on top of the standard 6% sales tax. 

There’s also a price difference between medical and recreational cannabis products. For example, a one gram vape cartridge might be $100 on the adult-use side, but the same cart for medical customers costs just $50. 

Please note that a 6% sales tax is also applied to medical cannabis purchases. 

You’ll have access to more products.

Timber’s medical cannabis patients can choose from a more expansive product variety than our adult-use customers. It’s that simple. 

There are many patient incentives.

We offer many incentives for our medical cannabis patients; here are just three:

  • Medical cannabis patients receive 10% off any adult-use purchase.
  • There are incentives for first-time medical marijuana customers making purchases with a new card (ask your budtender for more information). 
  • Michigan charges a reasonable $60 annual fee to become (and maintain) a medical cannabis membership.

Medical cannabis products tend to offer higher doses.

With a Michigan medical cannabis card, you can purchase products with higher THC and CBD percentages than you can on the adult-use side. For example, if you’re a recreational cannabis consumer, you can only purchase edibles with a maximum of 100MG THC served in 10 MG doses. On the medical side, these limits are much higher.

Here’s how to become a Michigan Medical Marijuana patient.

Michigan medical cannabis cards are valid for three years. Suppose you’re interested in getting a Michigan medical marijuana card. In that case, we suggest you start the application process right away – it can often take up to 30 days to receive your card in the mail.

You must be at least 18 years old to receive a Michigan medical marijuana card, and you must have at least one of the qualifying conditions listed here:

  • Cancer
  • Glaucoma
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Hepatitis C
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Agitation of Alzheimer’s disease
  • Nail patella
  • Cachexia or wasting syndrome
  • Severe and chronic pain
  • Severe nausea
  • Seizures, including characteristics of epilepsy
  • Severe and persistent muscle spasms, including elements of multiple sclerosis
  • PTSD
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Colitis
  • OCD
  • Arthritis
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Tourette’s Syndrome
  • Chronic pain
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Autism
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Spinal cord injury

Assuming you have at least one of the qualifying conditions listed above, you can start the application process. Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Set up a LARA account online and register with the Department of Licensing and Regulatory affairs: click here.
  2. Visit a qualified doctor for approval- most now offer virtual appointments via Zoom. Click here to schedule an appointment with the Card Clinic.
  3. Complete your MMMP (Michigan Medical Marijuana Program) application online with the LARA account you created in step one. There is a $60 application fee, and you must upload documents to prove you’re a Michigan resident. Here’s what they’ll accept:
    1. Michigan drivers license
    2. Michigan ID card
    3. Signed Michigan voter’s registration card

Please reach out to 517-284-6400 or email bhp-mmmpinfo@michigan.gov with questions.