Michigan Executive Order Permits Use Of Telemedicine To Get Medical Marijuana Card

LANSING – If you want to buy medical marijuana in Michigan, and can’t get to your doctor’s office to get him to write a script, a new executive order by Gov. Whitmer will let you get your card via telemedicine.

On May 14, Whitmer signed Executive Order No. 2020-86, encouraging the use of telehealth services during the COVID-19 emergency. Her order is effective immediately and remains in effect during any state of emergency or state of disaster arising out of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

While EO 2020-86 is in effect, the written certification required for issuance of a medical marijuana patient registry card will not require the medical evaluation conducted by a licensed physician to be conducted in person. Relevant medical evaluations may – and to the greatest extent possible must – be conducted via telemedicine. Please review Executive Order No. 2020-86 for details.

Also, all patients without a caregiver can now apply for (or renew) their Patient Registry Card online, even if their physician is not yet an online provider. Patients who use this process will receive a temporary card via email that is good for 30 days once the MRA’s Medical Marijuana Program staff and the physician have approved their online record. Please visit the Medical Marijuana Program website for addition information, www.michigan.gov/mmp.

Please refer to the Marijuana Regulatory Agency Response to COVID-19 bulletin for full details regarding all changes made by the MRA relation to COVID-19; it is available on the MRA website at www.michigan.gov/mra.

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Mike Brennan
Mike Brennan is Editor of Michigan Marijuana Report (mimarijuanareport) a cannabis, hemp and CBD news portal website for Michigan and the Great Lakes States. He has been a professional reporter and editor since 1981.

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