Governor Whitmer signed an executive order last week to make accommodations for medical marijuana patients during the State’s shut down and partial reopening.
Effective immediately, and during any future state of emergency arising from the COVID pandemic, new medical marijuana patients do not require an in-person medical exam to get the written permission required to obtain their medical manijuana card.
In fact, the State now prefers these evaluations to be conducted via telemedicine wherever possible! And that’s good news for patients who’ve been waiting for a medical evaluation to get their medical marijuana card!
Many medical service providers in our communities have already begun using telehealth and other virtual appointment services to see patients with regular medical concerns during this time. The services are simple to use, are more cost effective than regular doctor visits, and ensure access to non-emergency health care services for people who need new or follow up care for health-related concerns.
In addition, all medical marijuana patients without a caregiver can now apply for or renew their Patient Registry Card online, even if their physician isn’t yet an online health services provider.
Patients who use this service can expect to be emailed a temporary card that’s good for 30 days after MRA staff and a physician have approved their online record.
To see the full details of this new executive order, number 2020-86, please visit the Michigan Medical Marijuana program website at www.michigan.gov/mmp.
You can also keep up to date on all the latest changes made by the State’s Marijuana Regulatory Agency (MRA) regarding COVID-19 at www.michigan.gov/mra.
To see the latest MRA bulletin regarding this executive order, click here.
If you have any questions regarding Governor Whitmer’s new executive order for medical marijuana patients, don’t hesitate to give us a call!