Experienced Medical Marijuana Attorneys in Lansing
People with certain medical conditions can register to be able to use marijuana for medicinal purposes under the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act (MMMA).The act was passed by Michigan voters in a statewide ballot initiative. The medical conditions covered under the MMMA include debilitating medical condition as outlined by the Michigan health code.
These include some of the diseases listed below:
- Crohn’s Disease
- Hepatitis C
- HIV Positive (Human Immunodeficiency Virus)
- Other chronic or debilitating diseases with designated symptoms.
It is important to recognize that despite the passage of the MMMA, the use of marijuana for any purpose is still illegal under federal law. In 2013, President Obama had the Department of Justice release priorities for federal law enforcement in states where marijuana is legal.
The department’s focus is not on infringing on the rights of registered medical marijuana users.
However, if you a medical marijuana user who is facing potential federal charge you need an experienced medical marijuana attorney to help defend you.
Contact our team at Grewal Law today for help in your case.
Michigan Medical Marijuana Program Registration
In order to use medical marijuana, a patient must have a registration identification card through the Michigan Medical Marihuana Program (MMMP). To be registered, a patient’s doctor must provide him or her with a valid prescription approving his or her use of the drug. In addition to reviewing a person’s medical history, an in-person exam must be conducted by the doctor.
If you are facing problems related to becoming registered with MMMP our experienced medical marijuana attorneys can help you.
Getting Medical Marijuana
As a registered patient with the MMMP, individuals are allowed to grow the plant themselves or have the drug provided to them by a primary caregiver or a caregiver. The law requires a caregiver to meet the following requirements before submitting an application to serve as one.
- The person must be at least 21 years old and has agreed to assist with a patient’s medical use of marihuana.
- The individual cannot have been convicted of a felony in the last 10 years.
- The potential caregiver can never have been convicted of a felony defined as an assaultive crime or involving illegal drugs.
Michigan marijuana laws have specific guidelines on how the marijuana must by the patient or by the caregiver. State law requires the drug to be in an enclosed, locked facility. In addition, no more than 12 plants may be kept in the location. The 2012 marijuana law defines the space as a closet, room or other comparable, stationary and fully enclosed area.
Some patients purchase their medical marijuana at dispensaries or provisional centers. Until this year, medical marijuana dispensaries were illegal under Michigan law. Beginning in December 2016, the marihuana facilities are legal distribution facilities that are regulated under state law. The law now allows patients and caregivers to legally obtain marijuana at these establishments.
If you own or operate a dispensary you are required to allow local or state police to exam the property at any time. We are ready to answer any questions you may have regarding law enforcement and their jurisdiction at your facility.
Other Considerations for Patients
The MMMA places additional restrictions on the use of medical marijuana besides those outlined above. As a user of the drug, there are prohibitions on where you can smoke along with how you can transport it between locations. Failure to follow these state laws can result in the revocation of your registration card, fines or even jail time.
Users are also prohibited from using the drug before driving because of its potential to cause impaired driving.
Medical marijuana laws are frequently changing, so if you are facing potential charges related to its misuse contact us today. Our team at Grewal Law PLLC can consult with you on your case and will work with you to build the best defense possible against the prosecution.
You need a marijuana defense lawyer to protect your rights as a patient and to help you avoid the penalties associated with the drug’s misuse.
Call us for your no obligation quote at 517-393-3000.