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FAQ’s:

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.

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Helpful Links:

MedicalCannabus

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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(Our Monthly Mix of News and Commentary)

 NATIONAL NEWS

The Surprising Effect of Marijuana Legalization on College Students

After Oregon legalized the drug, its use went up—but mainly among teens who also binge-drink.

For Oregon, legalizing recreational marijuana has proven lucrative: In 2016 alone, marijuana tax receipts in the state totaled more than $60 million. Now, researchers are beginning to understand how all that weed has affected the drug habits of college students.A new study in the journal Addiction finds that, after legalization, the use of marijuana among students at an Oregon college increased relative to that of students in states where the drug is still illegal. But, in a twist, the rise was mainly seen among those students who had also reported drinking heavily recently. The Oregon students who binge drank were 73 percent more likely to also report using marijuana, compared to binge-drinking students in states that didn’t legalize marijuana.The authors, researchers from Oregon State University and the University of Michigan, note that this could be because teens who drink heavily might be more open to other forms of substance use—either because they are bigger risk-takers, or less religious, or for some other reason. (The authors looked at both smoking pot and eating cannabis-laced edibles.)

“Those who binge drink may be more open to marijuana use if it is easy to access,” said David Kerr, lead author of the study and an Oregon State psychology professor, in a statement.  “Whereas those who avoid alcohol for cultural or lifestyle reasons might avoid marijuana regardless of its legal status.”Even though marijuana use and sales in Oregon are only legal over the age of 21, the authors found that students under 21 were actually more likely to use the drug than older students were. That’s somewhat worrisome, since the brains of the younger students would still be vulnerable to pot’s potentially deleterious effects.

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In spite of this study, it’s still not clear whether recreational marijuana legalization leads to a mass uptick in getting high. Teens overall have grown more accepting of marijuana in recent years, and this study found that pot use was on the rise in colleges in almost all the states. Past studies have found that following legalization, marijuana use went up among 8th and 10th graders in Washington state, but not in Colorado, or among high-school seniors in either state.

Interestingly, though, this study does suggest that legal marijuana, at least among college kids, does not seem to have much of a substitution effect. Contrary to the predictions of some legalization enthusiasts, teens don’t seem to be foregoing binge drinking—arguably a more physically harmful practice—in order to smoke weed. Instead, they’re doing both.

We still need more studies to know if that will be the case for adults, or for college students in other states. In some ways, it’s good news that legalization didn’t seem to induce students who are otherwise drug-averse to start smoking pot in large numbers. But this paper does poke a hole in one popular health-based argument for legalizing marijuana: that doing so will make it replace alcohol.

LOCAL AND STATE NEWS

Residents share input on draft recommendations for medical marijuana facilities

Mt. Pleasant, Michigan

Multiple residents spoke in favor of a special committee’s draft recommendations to allow five types of medical marijuana production and growing facilities in Mount Pleasant.

The City’s Ad-Hoc Committee held a meeting at 7 p.m. on Monday at Town Hall. The intention was for the committee to review its recommendations with residents and listen to the input of the community, said city planner and liaison for the committee, Jacob Kaine.

The new law, which was signed by Gov. Rick Snyder in December, allows municipalities to adopt ordinances allowing for five categories of medical marijuana production and growing facilities. The new law does not take effect until Dec. 21.

Jim Moreno had mixed feelings on the subject, expressing his concerns with the senate’s intention toward patients. Although he said he doesn’t think the law was passed for the right reasons, Moreno emphasized the job opportunities that would come with the addition of medical marijuana facilities.

“It’s quite obvious to me this is not about medical marijuana patients,” he said. “It’s about money-making schemes. Why would a medicine be taxed? No other medicine is taxed. I’m for this, although I can see a lot of glaring signals that (the law) is not about what it appears to be.”

While majority of the residents openly supported the committee’s recommendations, Diyonn Fahlman teared up while addressing her concerns with the community “making drugs the norm.”

Despite the limit on the location of provision centers in proximity to K-12 schools, Fahlman said that limit won’t prevent kids from “running the drug into schools.”

“I understand that individuals who are in pain need something to ease that,” she said. “Marijuana is an entry drug despite what you’ve been told. The people who made the law are now working for the drug industry. They are not in the streets. The pain that someone feels physically is nothing compared to seeing families destroyed.”

Kara Kuntz concluded the public comment portion of the meeting by addressing the “lack of education” in the community about marijuana. She suggested that some of the profits should go back to educating the younger generations on the drug.

“It’s unfortunate that people have to go out and try it illegally to see what (marijuana) is like because they’re not told the honest truth about what cannabis is and what it can do for people,” she said.

The committee meets again on Wednesday. The goal for the June 21 meeting is for the committee to have a formal report to present to the City Commission at its July 24 meeting.

Once the commissioners get the report, they will choose to follow it exactly to help draft an ordinance, or reject the recommendations and create their own guidelines for a draft ordinance. Commissioners will eventually have to vote on the ordinance they choose.