What impact does the implementation of MMFLA have on patients or caregivers operating under the MMMA?

The Michigan Medical Marijuana Act (2008) implemented the patient/caregiver model that still remains in effect today and is unchanged by the Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act (2016). Registered patients may continue to grow their own medical marijuana – or they may continue to have a caregiver grow it for them – under the 2008 law.

The MMFLA did not change the possession limits for medical marijuana patients or caregivers. Possession limits are 2.5 ounces of marijuana product and 12 marijuana plants in an enclosed, locked facility – per patient. The MMFLA does, however, give registered patients another method to acquire their medicine.

Under the MMFLA, registered patients – in addition to growing their own medical marihuana – may buy it from a licensed facility or they may have a caregiver buy it for them; both caregivers and patients are still subject to the daily purchasing limit at those facilities. For a registered qualifying patient, the current daily purchasing limit is 2.5 ounces per day. For a registered primary caregiver, the current daily purchasing limit is 2.5 ounces per day for each registered qualifying patient with whom he or she is connected through the MMMP.