Frequently asked Michigan medical marijuana patient questions are answered right here

  • Q: What can I expect during my appointment?

    Q: What can I expect during my appointment?

    A: Your appointment with a Healthy Partners medical marijuana doctor is just like an appointment with your regular physician. You will be greeted by the Physician’s staff, asked to fill out a patient intake form, and you will be seen by the physician promptly. If you have medical records that show a prior diagnosis of a “qualifying condition”, the physician will review your records, ask you questions about your condition and overall health, and the physician will perform an examination as he/she deems necessary. If you are seeking a diagnosis for a qualifying condition, the physician’s examination may require additional testing.

  • Q: How do I get my medical records to you?

    Q: How do I get my medical records to you?

    A: First, if you have access to a “patient portal” through your doctor’s office, you may be able to download them from your portal. If you can download them, you can upload them to your HP Patient account (see your appointment confirmation email). If not, then you should call you doctor’s office and request them. You can either request that your doctor’s office fax them to us at 1-800-644-9636, or you can pick them up at your doctor’s office and bring them with you. We do not recommend emailing your personal health information.

  • Q: Do you accept insurance?

    Q: Do you accept insurance?

    A: In a word, no. While Healthy Partners medical marijuana doctors do accept various insurance plans, most insurance providers do not cover Medical Marijuana Doctor Recommendation appointments. We do accept cash, credit cards, and money orders/cashier’s checks.

  • Q: What are ‘Qualifying Conditions’?

    Q: What are ‘Qualifying Conditions’?

    A:

    Debilitating medical (“Qualifying”) condition means any of the following conditions and/or their treatments:

    • Agitation of Alzheimer’s disease

    • Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS)

    • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS – Lou Gehrig’s Disease)

    • Arthritis

    • Autism

    • Cancer

    • Crohn’s disease

    • Chronic Pain

    • Colitis

    • Glaucoma

    • Positive status for Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)

    • Hepatitis C

    • Inflammatory Bowel Disease

    • Nail patella

    • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

    • Parkinson’s

    • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

    • Rheumatoid Arthritis

    • Spinal Cord Injury

    • Tourette’s Syndrome

    • Ulcerative Colitis

    A patient also qualifies if s/he experiences any chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition, or it’s treatment, which produces one or more of the following symptoms or side effects:

    • Cachexia or wasting syndrome

    • Severe and chronic pain

    • Nausea

    • Seizures, including but not limited to those characteristic of epilepsy

    • Severe and persistent muscle spasms, including but not limited to those characteristic of multiple sclerosis

  • Q: What do I need to bring to my appointment?

    Q: What do I need to bring to my appointment?

    A:

    • Renewal Appointment: Please bring your valid Michigan driver’s license, Michigan personal identification card, or signed voter registration card. If you use your Michigan voters registration card to prove Michigan residency, you must also bring a government issued documents that show your name and date of birth. You will also need to bring your form of payment (cash or major credit card), and, if you have it, your Michigan Medical Marijuana Patient Card. It does not matter if your Michigan Medical Marijuana Card has already expired.

    • Annual Follow Up: Having your Michigan Medical Marijuana Card is not mandatory and it does not matter if your Michigan Medical Marijuana Card has already expired. Please bring your valid Michigan driver’s license, Michigan personal identification card, or signed voter registration card. If you use your Michigan voters registration card to prove Michigan residency, you must also bring a government issued documents that show your name and date of birth. You will also need to bring your form of payment (cash or major credit card), and, if you have it, your Michigan Medical Marijuana Patient Card. Having your Michigan Medical Marijuana Card is not mandatory and it does not matter if your Michigan Medical Marijuana Card has already expired.

    • Level 1: Please bring your valid Michigan driver’s license, Michigan personal identification card, or signed voter registration card. If you use your Michigan voters registration card to prove Michigan residency, you must also bring a government issued documents that show your name and date of birth. You must also bring your form of payment (cash or major credit card), and, if you have it, your Michigan Medical Marijuana Patient Card. Please either bring your medical records with you to your appointment, or have them faxed to the correct Healthy Partners Network office. Each office has its own fax number. Having your Michigan Medical Marijuana Card is not mandatory and it does not matter if your Michigan Medical Marijuana Card has already expired.

    • Level 2: Please bring your valid Michigan driver’s license, Michigan personal identification card, or signed voter registration card. If you use your Michigan voters registration card to prove Michigan residency, you must also bring a government issued documents that show your name and date of birth. Please also bring your form of payment (cash or major credit card).

    • Denial Letter Fix: Please bring your valid Michigan driver’s license, Michigan personal identification card, or signed voter registration card. If you use your Michigan voters registration card to prove Michigan residency, you must also bring a government issued documents that show your name and date of birth. Please also bring the Denial Letter that you received from the State of Michigan.

  • Q: My Medical Marijuana Card is Good for Two Years, Why Do I Need an Annual Follow-up?

    Q: “My Medical Marijuana Card is Good for Two Years, Why Do I Need an Annual Follow-up?”

    A:  We at Healthy Partners have received a lot of questions about whether Medical Marijuana Card annual follow-up visit are necessary. The short answer is “yes”. We want to keep you, our patient, informed on your rights and responsibilities under the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act, 2008, or “the MMM Act” for short.

    The primary reason for medical marijuana card follow-up visits in Michigan is to comply with the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act, 2008. The MMM Act requires that the physician and patient maintain a “bona fide physician-patient relationship”.

    “(a) “Bona fide physician-patient relationship” means a treatment or counseling relationship between a physician and patient in which all of the following are present:
    …(1) The physician has reviewed the patient’s relevant medical records and completed a full assessment of the patient’s medical history and current medical condition, including a relevant, in-person, medical evaluation of the patient.

    …(3) The physician has a reasonable expectation that he or she will provide follow-up care to the patient to monitor the efficacy of the use of medical marihuana as a treatment of the patient’s debilitating medical condition.” Michigan Medical Marijuana Act 2008, §333.26423 Read full section text of MMMA here.

    To ensure that we, HEALTHY PARTNERS and YOU, comply with the MMM Act, we highly recommend visiting us at least once per year. If you have not yet scheduled your annual follow-up, or if you missed your recent appointment, you may schedule online through the Healthy Partners secure scheduling portal.

  • Q: What are the State Filing Fees?

    Q: What are the State Filing Fees?

    A: Information on State Filing Fees can be found here.

  • Q: I received a ‘denial’ letter from the State. What should I do?

    Q: I received a ‘denial’ letter from the State. What should I do?

    A: Receiving a denial letter from the State of Michigan is not uncommon. If you have received a valid physician recommendation, the State can only deny you a card because of typos or missing information, payment, documents, etc. Your ‘denial’ letter should list the reasons for the denial. If you need copies of your medical marijuana doctor recommendation, please contact us.  If you require assistance with resubmitting your application, please schedule a FREE Denial Letter Fix appointment.

  • Q: Where can I obtain my medication?

    Q: Where can I obtain my medication’?

    A: This map is provided by the State of Michigan – LARA-Bureau of Medical Marijuana Regulation

  • Q: I am wondering if my medical records were received?

    Q: I am wondering if my medical records were received?

    A: To find out if your medical records were received, please contact us, select “Medical Records” under “How can we help?”, and select the appropriate Healthy Partners clinic location. Please allow 24 hours for a reply.

  • Q: If I have an expired card, am I considered a new patient?

    Q: If I have an expired card, am I considered a new patient?

    A: If you are a Returning Patient of Healthy Partners, then we have your medical records on file and you are NOT considered a new patient.
    If you are new to Healthy Partners and have your medical records, then you should select a Level 1 encounter.

    If you are new to Healthy Partners and DO NOT have your medical records, but your card expired within the past six months, you should still select a Level 1 encounter.

    If your card expired more than six months ago, you should select a Level 2 encounter.

  • Q: I am running late for an appointment, can I still come in?

    Q: I am running late for an appointment, can I still come in?

    A: If you are running late and you expect to arrive before our closing hours, then yes, please come. If you do not think that you will make it to our location before close, it is best that you reschedule your appointment.

  • Other common questions:

    Q: Money Orders or payments in someone elses name – is this ok for appointments and/or state fee payments?

    A: Healthy Partners does not accept money orders as payment for appointments. If you intend to pay for your appointment with someone else’s credit card, the cardholder must be present.
    For information regarding state fees, please call (517) 284-6400

    Q: Can Felon’s grow Marijuana?

    A: For information regarding legal issues, please call (517) 284-6400

    Q: I am, or want to be a Caregiver. I would like information on obtaining a medical marijuana caregiver card?

    A: For information regarding legal issues, please call (517) 284-6400

    Q: Can I have a Michigan Medical Marijuana card and a Conceal Carry Permit?

    A: For information regarding legal issues, please call (517) 284-6400