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Michigan Medical Marijuana Program Enrollment Decreases Second Year In A Row


decreasing medical marijuana patients michiganIt’s fairly rare to see a state medical marijuana program decrease in enrollment. It happened once in my home state of Oregon. That dip in patient enrollment was due to a doubling of the enrollment fee for the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program. Michigan saw a dip in patient enrollment for the second straight year, which is interesting considering the fact that Michigan has one of the most established programs in the country. Per Detroit News:

The number of patients in Michigan’s medical marijuana program declined for the second year in a row in 2014, according to state statistics reviewed by The Detroit News.

Last year, the number of identification cards for patients in the program totaled 96,408, according to the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs. That compares with 119,470 patients in 2011, and 118,368 in 2013.

The downward trend continued in Metro Detroit, too, with the number of medical marijuana patients falling in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties for a third straight year.

There’s no clear reason why the numbers are decreasing in Michigan. Some point to overzealous law enforcement in some parts of Michigan. Some patients feel that the medical marijuana law in Michigan doesn’t necessarily protect them, and that it’s better to operate in the shadows. Others blame the fact that there are no clear rules for medical marijuana dispensaries in Michigan, which has left them open to attacks by law enforcement. Whatever the reason is, it’s a trend that could continue into 2015.


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  1. Why is it when it has been Legally voted onto us and passed, and is made Legal, They still don’t except it ? I believe IMO. it is all about the money, I think every State is told to get as many Felony’s on people as the can to control people, You can get a felony for just about anything now. It all leads to control and Money. How many People would Not be in jail or Prison right now if it were totally legal ? It may put a lot of people out of a job and that is what they are afraid of. People that Smoke or eat edibles are the least likely to do anything violent ……. Give them a Felony and Put them in Prison or Jail and associate them with Real Criminals sounds like a plan to them. Job Security !!!!

  2. I thought they could grow so much for their own personal use?(2or 3 plants) I think wherever mj is legalized for recreational use,you should be able to grow your own(up to six plants in various stages) You get caught selling ANY you go to JAIL! PERIOD!!

  3. There is a very good reason for the decline. Michigan extended the term of their MMJ cards to two years from one. That means that people who renewed or acquired a card in 2013 didn’t show up again in 2014. The reporting of these numbers is skewed accordingly.

  4. After 6 years we still do not have dispensaries for safe access.

    The Governor and his cronie AG are both absolute pot haters and are trying to derail the act any way they can.

    Arrests are still being made on a daily level, raids on legal growers are escalating when warrants are obtained with simply someone telling a cop that they ‘think’ someone is growing beyond their allowable amounts(happened to my cousin and 10 others on the same day).

    The state just lowered the price for a card so I don’t think it’s the money(I see most of the poor on SSI with cell phones, cars and big screen tv’s, so it’s not the money)

    Without safe access and a severely limited amount of caregivers that can produce usable, bug free product, what’s the point of getting a card?

    You won’t legally be able to access the meds you need just because you have a card.

    The Governor and the State Attorney General are responsible for the drop in numbers and they couldn’t be happier. They are getting what they want regardless of what the people voted for.

    It is a bitch slap to our faces so many are just going back underground.

    What the foolish politicians don’t get: there is an entire, country wide, underground distribution system in place already and we can all go back there in a flash.

    Over regulate or push your hatred on us too far and we disappear with our billions of dollars.

  5. It’s all of the things listed above. Which is over zealous cops using poor and unclear laws to apply trickery and deception to make an Marijuana arrest. There is no legislation for job protection for random drug tests. You should not be fired from a job or denied a job if you are a medical user. To be clear this is not about using while at work, this is about after work on your own time.Michigan med laws need to be clear and unquestionably precise our Jay walking laws are better defined than our medical laws. Better yet just legalize Marijuana and the protections will happen.

  6. The cost of Medical Marijuana is beyond what most people can afford and combined with a sluggish Michigan economy, unlikely to improve anytime soon.

  7. The economy’s NOT real good in MI either. People just might not have the money to BUY their cards. Secondly, they’re ALWAYS doing something (Law Enforcement & Legislators) in MI to restrict access to the medication anyway.

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