On Friday, Oct, 25th, 2019, the Marijuana Regulatory Agency (MRA) amended the Administrative Rules for Michigan’s Medical Marijuana Program (MMMP). Below are the most important amendments for program participants:
Reduction in Patient Application Fee
The patient application fee (for a two-year card) has been reduced from $60 to $40.
Elimination of Caregiver Fee
The $25 caregiver criminal background check processing fee has been eliminated.
Elimination of all Amendment Fees
The $10 fee has been eliminated for the following services:
- updating name or address on a registry card,
- add or remove a caregiver, and
- requesting a replacement card.
Reduction in the Amount of Time a Physician Certification is Valid
Now, a physician certification is only valid for 6 months instead of 1 year.
Reduction in the Amount of Time an Application is Valid
An application is only valid for 6 months from the date of signature rather than 1 year.
Reduction in the Amount of Time a Fee from a Denied Application Can be Used
The fee from a denied application can only be used within 6 months rather than 2 years.
There is a provision now in effect that authorizes patients to change the person designated to be in possession of the plants. Additionally, email is now included as a method by which the MMMP may contact a patient, caregiver, or physician.
These updated rules arrive shortly after the MRA expanded the MMMP’s online resources. In May 2019, it was announced that Michigan marijuana patients who applied for their marijuana registry card online can 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.
Contact the MRA
If you have questions about the temporary card or about the online application process, please call the MRA’s MMMP Division at (517) 284 – 6400.