Lansing Medical Marijuana Lawyer
Although marijuana is legal for medical and recreational use in Lansing, Michigan, possessing or cultivating more than the legal limit can lead to potential consequences.
The potential consequences if you’re convicted of drug crimes in Michigan may include:
- Loss of your medical marijuana card
- A jail or prison sentence
- Costly fines
- Suspension of your driver’s license
- A permanent criminal record
- Suspension or revocation of a professional license to practice medicine, nursing, law, teaching, pharmacy, or another licensed profession
- Effects on your immigration status if you’re a non-U.S. citizen, including possible loss of your immigration visa or green card, denial of your citizenship application, or even deportation to your native country
If you’re a qualifying Lansing medical marijuana patient or primary caregiver, and you’ve been charged with possession or cultivation of more marijuana than is allowed for medical treatment or recreational use, contact the help of a Michigan medical marijuana lawyer at DeBruin Law.
DeBruin Law understands both criminal drug defense and Michigan marijuana rules. Call today at (517) 324-4303 for your free consultation.
Michigan Medical Marijuana Patients
In Michigan, a “qualifying patient” for medical marijuana is a person who has been diagnosed with a debilitating illness by a physician. A debilitating illness may include medical conditions that cause chronic pain, severe nausea, seizures, muscle spasms, or wasting.
A debilitating illness also may include:
- AIDS or being HIV-positive
- Hepatitis C
- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease
- Crohn’s disease
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Nail patella
Any other medical condition approved by the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs may be added to the list of debilitating illnesses or diseases for which medical marijuana may be used as a treatment.
Michigan Medical Marijuana Caregivers
Under the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act, a primary caregiver is someone who agreed to assist a qualifying patient with his or her use of medical marijuana. A primary caregiver must be:
- 21 or older
- Have no felony convictions within the past 10 years
- Have no felony convictions at all for any kind of drug or assault crime
Assisting with a patient’s use of medical marijuana can include:
Michigan Medical Marijuana Rights
The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs offers a registration program for qualifying medical marijuana patients and primary caregivers. As a registered medical marijuana patient or primary caregiver, you are permitted to:
- Possess up to two-and-a-half ounces of usable marijuana per patient
- Cultivate up to 12 marijuana plants per patient in an enclosed, locked facility, including a room or closet as long as it’s secure
- Possess any incidental marijuana seeds, stalks, or unusable roots
When you are registered and have a medical marijuana ID card, Section 333.26424 of the Michigan Public Health Code says that you have certain rights, including:
- Not being subject to arrest, prosecution, or penalty for possession or cultivation of lawful amounts of marijuana
- Not being denied any privilege, including the ability to obtain and hold a professional license
- Not being denied custody or visitation of a child unless there is an unreasonable danger to the minor
- Not having property connected to the legal use or possession of medical marijuana seized or declared forfeit by the state
As a caregiver, you’re allowed to recoup compensation for your costs in assisting a registered medical marijuana patient without being arrested or prosecuted for the sale of marijuana
Medical Marijuana Dispensaries in Michigan
Medical marijuana dispensaries in Michigan must follow strict laws and regulations. Failure to comply with these laws can result in the termination of a license or even federal drug charges.
Cannabis Products for Patients
Dispensaries can sell both medical marijuana and recreational marijuana. But these items must be kept separate in the store. Some of the different cannabis and cannabis products that may be available to medical marijuana patients include:
- Infused products
If you are hoping to purchase medical marijuana from a dispensary in Michigan, there are daily and monthly purchasing limits you will need to be aware of. Only two-and-a-half ounces of cannabis or the equivalent amount of another product can be purchased each day. The monthly limit is ten ounces.
COVID-19 Delivery Options
With the onset of COVID-19, you may also be wondering whether medical marijuana can be delivered to you by a dispensary. Provisioning centers may offer home delivery of cannabis products. But your order must be received online so your medical marijuana status can be validated.
Penalties for Medical Marijuana Violations
If you are a qualifying patient or a primary caregiver who is alleged to have sold marijuana to someone who is not legally allowed to use medical marijuana, you can face prosecution.
Selling to Unqualified Patients
The sale of marijuana to someone who is not a qualifying patient is a felony offense. If you’re convicted, you may be punished with up to two years in prison and a fine of $2,000. That’s in addition to penalties you may face for marijuana trafficking, which, as noted above, can include up to 15 years in prison and a fine of up to $10 million.
Further, if you’re convicted of selling marijuana to someone who isn’t a qualifying patient, your own medical marijuana registration card must be revoked.
Possessing More Than Legal Limit
You also may face criminal prosecution under Michigan drug laws for possession of more than two-and-a-half grams of marijuana per patient or for growing more than 12 plants per patient. The penalties would depend on the circumstances of your arrest and conviction.
A recent decision by the Michigan Supreme Court rests the authority to determine criminal penalties in the hands of judges. The penalties for a conviction may be different than those described in Michigan statutes and set by the Michigan State Legislature.
Compassionate Defense for Your Medical Marijuana Case
Since 2008, Michigan has allowed people with certain kinds of medical conditions to use, possess, or cultivate marijuana, also known in the law as “marihuana,” for medical purposes. The law also allows for a patient’s primary caregiver to possess or cultivate marijuana for a patient’s use – within certain limits.
Michigan’s Medical Marihuana Act
In general, Michigan’s Medical Marihuana Act provides immunity from prosecution to qualifying patients and their primary caregivers from arrest and prosecution as long as they’re acting within the boundaries of the law.
The law also protects physicians who prescribe marijuana from arrest, prosecution and losing their Michigan medical licenses. However, the rules sometimes can be complicated and confusing, especially since marijuana became legal for recreational purposes as well. Still, the consequences for possessing or growing too much marijuana can be serious.
Michigan Medical Marijuana FAQ
Despite cannabis being legal for recreational use, it may still be in your best interests to obtain your medical marijuana card if you have a medical condition that benefits from the use of cannabis.
Before you do, we have included a quick FAQ below. It details some of the most common questions that Michigan medical marijuana patients have.
How Long Does It Take To Get a Medical Marijuana Card in Michigan?
The entire process of obtaining your medical marijuana card can take longer than you might have thought. First, you need to be seen by your doctor and fill out an application for a medical marijuana card. Once you send in your application, it needs to be approved by the Michigan Medical Marijuana Program.
After your application has been approved, it could take anywhere from four to six weeks to receive your medical marijuana card in the mail. You don’t have to wait to have marijuana in your possession, though. As long as you are following the limits for how much you can possess and grow, you are well within your rights.
Can I Have a Medical Marijuana Card and Own a Gun?
To get your License to Purchase a pistol or a Concealed Pistol License in Michigan, you will need to pass a federal background check. One of the questions on the application specifically asks,
“Are you an unlawful user of, or addicted to, marijuana or any depressant, stimulant, narcotic drug, or any other controlled substance?”
Under federal law, marijuana is still a Schedule I controlled substance. But you only need to answer this question if you purchase your firearm from a federal firearms dealer. Under Michigan law, however, having a medical marijuana card does not prevent you from exercising your Second Amendment right.
Can Patients Under 18 Get Medical Marijuana in Michigan?
Yes, they can. To register a minor with the Michigan Medical Marijuana Program (MMMP), the parent or legal guardian of the minor in question must submit a complete application and a $40 application fee to apply. Additional information that has to be on the application includes:
- The minor’s birth certificate
- Proof of legal guardianship
- A copy of the parent or legal guardian’s valid photo identification
- Proof of residency
- The Declaration of Person Responsible form
- Two Physician Certification forms from two different physicians
Will My Michigan Medical Marijuana Card Be Recognized in the Other States?
Many states have laws in place that recognize out-of-state medical marijuana cards. This is known as medical marijuana card reciprocity. Dispensaries in Michigan have the option of recognizing out-of-state medical marijuana cards. If you are traveling to another state, you will need to review that state’s medical marijuana card reciprocity laws before traveling with your medical marijuana prescription.
Can I Face Criminal Charges for Flying With Medical Marijuana?
If you bring medical marijuana into an airport in Michigan, or if you bring it on a plane traveling outside of Michigan, you can face criminal charges. Although medical marijuana is legal in Michigan, federal law governs airports and airspace.
Medical marijuana patients can be arrested and charged with federal drug crimes for flying with medical cannabis. You must have an aggressive legal advocate on your side if you find yourself in this situation.
Contact a Medical Marijuana Lawyer in East Lansing
If you’re facing criminal drug charges because of your use or possession of medical marijuana or because you helped someone else to obtain or use medical marijuana, a compassionate Michigan medical marijuana attorney can shoulder the burden of the legal process.
An East Lansing lawyer can explain Michigan’s complex medical marijuana laws and how they apply to your case. An attorney also can explain your options for defense and work to ensure that your voice is heard through the legal process.
Call DeBruin Law at (517) 324-4303 for your free consultation today. Or fill out our quick contact form to get started on your defense strategy.
FAQS AND LAWS
We are located at 321 E Liberty in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Our nearest cross streets are S.Division & 5th Avenue.
We have free parking on site!
No, we do not provide seeds or clones at this time.
Yes, all of our products (flower, concentrates, and edibles) are tested by PSI Labs, an accredited medical marijuana testing facility.
If you are purchasing recreational marijuana you do not need to be certified, you only need a valid government issued ID.
To obtain your Michigan Medical Marijuana Card, you can apply online or go to this website and print out a copy of the MMMp Application Packet. This packet contains three forms: a checklist, The Patient Information Form, and a Physician Certification Form. Fill out the Patient Information Form and take the Doctor Certification Form to your certified Michigan physician or a physician at a certification center, such as Intessa Certification Center. After your Application Packet is completed, please send it priority mail to the address provided on your application as well as a $40 check or money order. In about 3 weeks, if approved, you will receive your Michigan Medical Marijuana Card in the mail.
We do not have a physician in our building, but we recommend patients visit Intessa Certification Center, located at 2500 Packard St., Suite 107 Ann Arbor, MI 48104 and they can be contacted at 517-881-6905.
Yes, we can now accept out of state patients with both of the following:
- A valid state issued medical marijuana program card (must be issued by the state, physician certifications/recommendations cannot be used).
- A valid state or government issued photo ID
As of this writing, there are about 30 states with qualifying medical marijuana programs. If you’re unsure if your documentation works, just give us a quick call before you visit.
As of this writing, there are about 36 states with qualifying medical marijuana programs. If you’re unsure if your documentation works, just give us a quick call before you visit.
Unfortunately, the delivery of marijuana through the mail is illegal.
We do not provide a delivery service; however, we do have Express Pickup for patients where you can call your order in for pick-up and it will be ready for you when you arrive.
We have a large variety of marijuana products, recreational and medical, including:
- Concentrates (RSO, Wax, Shatter)
- Oil Vape Cartridges
Visit ArborsWellness.com, leafly.com & weedmaps.com for detailed, updated list of our current inventory.
Yes. If you have applied for your card (or renewal) online, the state is now issuing temporary paperwork via email that is good for 10 days.
Note that valid temporary paperwork should contain your patient registry number on it and is different than your receipt for payment.
Michigan’s cannabis laws are complex and often changing. Although counties and cities may have different regulations, the state has produced several pieces of legislation that pertain to all of us.
To become a patient or caregiver, renew your cards, or change your registry information, you will need to fill out forms provided by Michigan’s LARA. There is even a form for a reduced application fee.
Is your card about to expire? Apply for a card renewal beforehand to continue medicating legally. This process is very similar to your original card application, but it is very necessary to protect yourself while carrying and consuming cannabis safely.
How to buy Gelato seeds and clones
In this series, we help out the bumper crop number of cannabis lovers who can legally grow a pound, so they can save themselves money and ensure a clean harvest. Up next: the second of three blockbuster strains, Gelato.
Creamy, berry, potent, and beautiful—Gelato was Leafly’s Strain of the Year in 2018 for a reason. This Cookies family offspring rocks the socks off heavy, sedative cannabis lovers.
Gelato was born in San Francisco in the early 2000s from parents Thin Mint Cookies and Sunset Sherbert.
Cookie Fam breeders Jigga and Mr. Sherbinski tried to closely hold the Gelato strains, but they still spread into the wild via bagseed and clones. Counterfeiters who promised true gelato goodness to unsuspecting newcomers also proliferated.
Here’s where and how to buy legal Gelato seeds and clones—growers call ‘em “genetics”—in America’s legal cannabis markets and beyond.
How to buy Gelato seeds worldwide
You can find the full Gelato genetic advertised for sale at online seed banks. I Love Growing Marijuana lists Gelato seeds for sale. Seed King sells the cousin of Gelato, Sunset Sherbert. Royal Queen Seeds sells a “Green Gelato” and Barney’s Farm sells a Blue Gelato #41.
Keep in mind, online retail legality varies by state and country. Check state laws to know what’s legal. Seed banks outside of the US claim to sell them for “souvenir purposes,” but it is illegal to bring seeds into the US. Customs will seize cannabis seeds they locate in packages or on a person.
If you want to stay 100 percent legal, California, Oregon, and Colorado might be the easiest places to score Gelato genetics.
How to buy Gelato seeds in California
Search for Gelato seeds and clones among the nearly 500 licensed recreational stores and delivery services scattered across the state. Often you’ll find Gelato’s parent strains, or its new crosses for sale. You’ll need to bring cash and a valid I.D. showing you are 21 or older.
- Licensed breeder DNA Genetics carries a “Gelato Sorbet” that crosses Gelato #33 with Sorbet. You can find DNA Genetics seeds statewide at stores like La Florista in Weed, CA .
- Licensed breeder Golden State Seeds sells a Cherry Gelato ten-pack of seeds for $100 at Lakeside Herbal Solution in Clearlake, CA . Golden State Seeds also sells other related strains like “Limelato” and “Platinum Sundae.”
- Licensed, in-state breeder The Cali Connection will also get you close to Gelato with a “Mint Milano” strain spotted at HPRC in Arcata, CA . The Cali Connection also sells crosses of Gelato like the “Tiramisu” strain that crosses Wedding Cake and Gelato. Cali Connection’s “Bellini” strain mixes Gelato and Purple Punch — yum.
- Licensed breeder Equilibrium seeds is also working with parts of Gelato, and sells multiple Sunset Sherbert crosses like “Sherbet Glue”. Spotted at CannaCruz in Santa Cruz and Mercy Wellness of Cotati .
- Lastly, licensed breeder Humboldt Seed Co. advertises a “Humboldt Gelato Bx3” crosses like Vanilla Frosting and Lemon Grass. Humboldt Seed. Co seeds are available statewide.
Major clone seller Dark Heart Nursery will get you close to Gelato. Dark Heart lists both Cookies and Sunset Sherbert clones in their strain catalog. You can sign up for alerts where new Gelato clones will be sold. Dark Heart outlets include:
- March & Ash in San Diego
- Berkeley Patients Group in Berkeley
- 7 Stars in Richmond
- BARC Collective in Los Angeles
- Airfield Supply Co in San Jose
Gelato breeder Mr. Sherbinski told Leafly that growers should wait for authentic Sherbinskis Gelato seeds — out in 2019 through Humboldt Seed Organization and Dinafem.
How to buy Gelato seeds in Oregon
Oregonians age 21 and over have world-class access to legal seeds and clones under the state’s adult-use and medical cannabis legalization laws. Oregon breeders specialize in true classics like Durban, and Chemdawg ‘91, but you’re also likely to find Gelato’s parents and offspring for sale in licensed stores.
- The Greener Side in Eugene, OR, carries seeds by breeder Exotic Genetix, who works heavily with the Cookies strain family. Scoop up their seed packs of “It’s-It” (Gelato X Mint Chocolate Chip) and “Jet-A” (Gelato 33 X Tina) immediately.
- Popular breeder Bay Exclusives also lists multiple Cookies crosses for sale like Tiramisu Cookies. Bay Exclusives seeds can be found at High Quality in Corvallis, OR.
Explore beyond Gelato with seeds from these major Oregon outlets:
- Satchel in Portland, OR
- Top Shelf Medicine in Bend, OR
- Gorge Greenery in Hood River, OR
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How to buy Gelato seeds in Colorado
Looks for Cookies relatives of Gelato as well as new crosses in this major seed-selling state.
carries Tyrian Kush seeds from breeders The Bank, which crosses Gelato and their Fall ‘97. carries Dark Horse Seeds, makers of the “Samoas” strain that’ll get you close to Gelato.
Search for other indica-dominant, tasty, dessert cultivars at these major Colorado seed outlets:
- Silverpeak Apothecary in Aspen, CO
- 420 Green Genie in Antonio, CO
- Rocky Mountain Blaze in Pueblo, CO
- Green Grass in Central City, CO
- Lux Leaf, Colorado Springs, CO
- Green Grass in Central City, CO
- Kind Castle in Parachute, CO
How to buy Gelato seeds in Washington
Only qualified medical patients in Washington may cultivate cannabis for personal use, so licensed adult-use retailers do not carry seeds and clones. Qualified patients with a “recognition card”—as well as cooperatives—can purchase seeds from state-licensed cannabis “producers.” State regulators suggest calling each of the 1,400-plus licensed producers to see who will sell to you.
For example, licensed producers Fine Weed sells to medical patients and collectives.
How to buy Gelato seeds in Nevada
Nevadans can legally grow up to six plants at home, but only if they live more than 25 miles away from a dispensary. We’re not seeing seeds or clones for sale in Nevada’s licensed, adult-use retailers. Gifting is legal in Nevada, so friends, online forums, and community events might be your best bet.
How to buy Gelato seeds in Washington, DC
Residents of the District who are age 21 or older can grow up to six plants, but they can’t buy seeds or clones in licensed, adult-use stores. Congress has blocked funding to allow commercial adult-use cannabis sales in Washington, DC. Informal cannabis community meet-ups in the District can get you on your way. Gifting cannabis among adults 21 and over is legal in Washington, DC.
How to buy Gelato seeds in Maine
Maine legalized adult-use cannabis in 2016, but failed to implement commercial sales since then. Maine residents 21 and over can grow up to six mature plants, but must get creative about how they obtain those seeds or clones, including going to events, asking friends, or meeting Maine gardeners in online forums. Maine has no timeline to implement the will of voters with regard to legalization.
How to buy Gelato seeds in Massachusetts
Massachusetts legalized home-growing up to six plants in 2016, but did not start commercial sales until October 2018. Very few retail store options exist and those store generally do not list seeds or clones for sale yet. Adults 21 and over can gift each other cannabis, though, so turn to medical growers and friends, cannabis events, and online peer-to-peer platfroms to get you through 2019.
How to buy Gelato seeds in Michigan
In 2018, Michigan voters legalized home cultivation of up to 12 plants—which is a lot! However, no retail adult-use outlets are open to sell you seeds or clones in Michigan yet. Gifting is legal, though, so grower friends, cannabis community events, and online forums will be your best options until commercial adult-use sales begins in early 2020.
How to buy Gelato seeds in Oklahoma
Yes, Oklahoma. The medical state has come raring right out of the gate in 2019 with a very freedom-oriented medical system based in Oklahoma City and radiating outward.
We don’t see any Gelato on shelves in Oklahoma, yet, but cannabis stores that sell seeds include:
- Strange Leaf in Oklahoma City, OK has seeds for dessert strain Lava Cake and Snow Cone. has other dessert strains for sale in seed form like London Bridge, Crumpets, and Grape Stomper.
How to buy Gelato seeds in Texas
Cannabis is super illegal in the state of Texas and we do not recommend buying seeds or growing cannabis in the conservative state. Don’t mess with Texas. Maybe move to Oklahoma.
How to buy Gelato seeds in New York
New York has a very limited medical cannabis program that bans homegrowing cannabis. There’s no stores that sell seeds, and we do not recommend importing or cultivating in New York at this time.
Not seeing your state listed? Read Leafly’s state by state guide to homegrow laws to learn more about what’s going on in your area.