LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) released information Wednesday to inform and advise patients regarding the registration process for acquiring a registry identification card for the Michigan Medical Marihuana Program.
The Michigan Medical Marihuana Program (MMMP) is a state registry program that administers the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act (MMMA) as approved by Michigan voters on Nov. 4, 2008. MMMP is a division within the Bureau of Medical Marihuana Regulation (BMMR), is separate from the Facilities Licensing Division within BMMR, and is governed by a different law. MMMP is not affiliated with any third-party business operations, “dispensaries,” provisioning centers, caregivers, or certifying physicians and is not associated with any business operation that uses the terms “Michigan Medical Marihuana Program” or “MMMP” in their name or advertising.
Individuals with questions regarding the MMMP’s application and registration process should communicate directly with the MMMP by reviewing the FAQs on the MMMP website at www.michigan.gov/mmp, emailing LARA-BMMMR-MMMPINFO@michigan.gov, or calling 517-284-6400.
Applicants often receive inaccurate information from third parties that result in their applications being delayed or denied. Third-party business operations which tell patients that their application and physician certification serve as a temporary registration card are putting the patients at risk of possible arrest. As outlined in the MMMA, a patient or caregiver must present their valid registry identification card and a valid driver license — or government-issued identification card with photo — to law enforcement to be protected from arrest. BMMR recommends that applicants wait until they receive a registry card before engaging in the medical use of marihuana.
Patients should not allow other individuals or third parties to submit their applications or any other documents to the MMMP as patients will be unable to determine when or if their applications were submitted. Patients should not allow other individuals or third parties to retain copies of their documents, state-issued driver licenses, personal identification cards, or voter registrations as that increases the possibility of fraudulent submissions.
The MMMP has new, revised applications and forms available on the MMMP website at www.michigan.gov/mmp. Applicants, registered patients, and registered caregivers are required to use these forms effective Feb. 1. Those submitting an application or request for changes to his or her registration should only download forms from the MMMP’s website.