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1) How do I register as a medical marijuana patient with the State of Michigan? Qualifying patients must register with:

The Michigan Department of Community Health
Bureau of Health Professions
P.O. Box 30083, Lansing, Michigan  48909

To register, you must submit the state provided forms along with the following information:

  • An application or renewal fee;
  • The name, address, and birth date of the qualifying patient;
  • The name, address, and telephone number of the qualifying patient’s physician;
  • The name, address, and birth date of the qualifying patient’s caregiver, if any;
  • A written certification that the person is a qualifying patient from a physician.

2) What medical conditions are eligible?

According to Michigan Law, a patient must suffer from a debilitating condition, which is defined as:

  • Cancer, glaucoma, or positive status for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS), hepatitis C, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Crohn’s disease, agitation of Alzheimer’s disease, or nail patella.
  • A chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition or its treatment that produces one of more of the following:
    1. Cachexia or wasting syndrome;
    2. Severe and chronic pain;
    3. Severe nausea;
    4. Seizures, including but not limited to those caused by epilepsy; or
    5. Severe or persistent muscle spasms, including but not limited to, those which are characteristic of multiple sclerosis;
    6. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD); or
  • Any other medical condition or treatment for a medical condition adopted by the department by rule.

3) Do I have to be a resident of the State to get a marijuana card? Yes. You must be a Michigan resident to be a registered patient in the Michigan Medical Marijuana Program (MMMP).

4) I receive care from a Physician’s Assistant. Can he provide the necessary information to the State?  No. Your physician must be a Medical Doctor (MD) or Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) licensed to practice in Michigan.  Other licensed health professionals such as Physician Assistants (PA), Nurse Practitioners and Chiropractors cannot sign the documentation.

5) Can I grow my own marijuana plants if I have a registered caregiver? No. If you have a certified caregiver, they MUST grow your plants for you so long as you are registered as their patient.

6) Are there any age restrictions? Registered caregivers must be 21 or older. Patients under age 18 must have the consent of their parent or guardian responsible for medical decisions. The  parent or guardian must be the registered caregiver of the minor patient.

7) What is the fee to apply for participation in the Michigan Medical Marihuana Program (MMMP)? Are there any circumstances under which the fee can be reduced? The fee for a new or renewal application is $100.00, unless a qualifying patient can demonstrate his or her current eligibility in the Medicaid Health Plan, in which case the application fee is $25.00.

8) Do you have a medical doctor on staff that can write a prescription in order for me to control my pain? No. However, many of our customers have used Intessa Pain Relief Spa for this service. Intessa is a Michigan Medical Marijuana Program (MMMP) clinic in the Lansing area that helps patients receive physician certifications and submit their official applications for a Michigan medical marijuana card. Feel free to stop in our store to receive a $20.00 coupon for a discount on their services.










Helpful Links:


Americans for Safe Access

Center for Medicinal Cannabus Research

Michigan Medical Marijuana Program

Pros & Cons

Get Involved:

MI Legalize

National Patient’s Rights Association

Marijuana Policy Project

Working to Reform Marijuana Laws

Overage Policy

Star Buds is happy to accept overages from licensed caregivers.  However, they must be tested and you must bring the test results to our facility at the time of purchase.

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“Every dispensary out there is open in violation of the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act,” Bailey said during an afternoon meeting of the board. “It’s a felony for every sale that occurs from a dispensary.”

After hearing from dozens of medical marijuana patients and potential future marijuana business owners, the board decided to table Bailey’s proposal.

“I have a degenerative bone disorder and discovering medical marijuana was a game changer for me,” said Mark Gibson of Detroit. “Before you make a rash decision, the financial cost for people who rely on dispensaries for product will be significant.  You will complicate their life so much that they may not be able to get treatment.”

Kirk Reed, who uses medical marijuana to treat multiple sclerosis, said he fears having to go back to the black market to get his supply.

“What happens if your caregiver has a heart attack, where do you go for medicine?” he said.

And Tim Beck, who was instrumental in getting the medical marijuana constitutional amendment on the 2008 ballot, said he was dumbfounded when he heard the proposal.

“This comes across to me as petty, vindictive and authoritarian,” he said.

But not all of the couple of hundred people attending the meeting were on the side of existing businesses. Some people who want to be considered for a license when the state begins accepting applications don’t want to be shut out of the market by people who have been operating dispensaries without a license from the state.

And David Scott, supervisor of Commerce Township, said there are 67 grow operations in his township, many of which are growing more plants than are allowed by existing law.

“Knock off the crap that’s illegal and is nothing but organized crime,” he said.

Voters approved medical marijuana in 2008, allowing caregivers to grow up to 12 plants for each of six patients who have approved medical marijuana cards.

Some communities went after dispensaries, shut them down and criminally charged the owners. Other communities, such as Detroit, Lansing, Flint, Ypsilanti and Ann Arbor, allowed the pot shops to operate without police intervention. In Detroit, there are more than 70 shops that are operating that have either gone through or are completing the city’s approval process.

To address the confusion and uncertainty in the medical marijuana law, the Legislature passed laws last year to regulate and tax the medical marijuana business. The new legislation will allow five classes of medical marijuana licenses — those for growers, processers, testing facilities, dispensaries and transporters. The legislation also calls for three classes of medical marijuana growers — those who can grow up to 500 plants, 501-1,000 plants and 1,001 to 1,500 plants.

The medical marijuana licensing board, working with the state Licensing and Regulatory Affairs department, will begin issuing licenses next year.

LARA spokesman Jason Moon said the department is prepared to review Bailey’s proposal before the board’s next meeting in mid-September. Board chairman Rick Johnson said he expects the board to vote on the dispensary closure issue at the next meeting after getting a recommendation from LARA..

Before the state begins issuing licenses, cities, townships and villages have to decide whether they want medical marijuana businesses in their communities. That’s a process that’s going on now and some cities are deciding to ban the businesses from their towns.