Dr. Tete Oniang’o MD

Medical Marijuana Doctors Card

Since the kickoff of the medical marijuana act in 2008, many modifications to the laws regarding this program have occurred to account for the “gray areas” in these laws. These unaddressed elements to the medical marijuana program and the laws surrounding it have caused much controversy on how exactly to address them. Despite these factors and the program being such a new work-in-progress, the state of Michigan has been exemplary in determining how to regulate all aspects of the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act, helping it progress into what it is today. Other states considering a change in legislation regarding medical marijuana are now adapting to the Michigan laws surrounding this program after seeing that the safe regulation of medical marijuana is both attainable and practical.

The large number and wide variety of medical conditions that marijuana can provide treatment for as well as the great economic impact this program has on the state of Michigan have been leading factors in its success. With a wide spectrum of illnesses benefitted by marijuana ranging from cancer, glaucoma, chronic pain, to Chrohn’s disease, AIDS, and everything in between, this program is becoming more widely accepted throughout Michigan. In more recent years, researches have even discovered the possibility that medical marijuana can help prevent the spreading of cancer through the active cannabinoid found in marijuana known as CBD.

Prior to obtaining a medical marijuana card, individuals must first be evaluated by a certified physician to determine if medical marijuana can be beneficial to this medical condition. During this evaluation, the doctor will determine whether or not the applicant is a permissible candidate based on a strict set of criteria regarding the individual’s medical condition. If the individual is approved, they will be supplied with an ID card and can then legally access and grow medical marijuana.

The Michigan Medical Marijuana Act has been a successful program since it was passed by Michigan legislation more than 6 years ago. Due to the futuristic aspects of the Michigan Medical Marijuana Program, the acceptance and tolerance for medical marijuana varies substantially throughout Michigan counties. Though medical marijuana has been approved throughout the state of Michigan, this is a controversial topic for many Michigan counties and local law enforcement. Contrary to counties such as Washtenaw who are more accepting of the program and the medical benefits behind marijuana, the number of dispensaries in counties such as Oakland and Livingston has steadily declined to zero since the start of the program.