What is a marijuana provisioning center?
A provisioning center is a marijuana dispensary licensed by the State to purchase marijuana from a grower or processor, and to legally sell, supply, or provide marijuana to qualified buyers. Registered buyers can purchase prescribed medical marijuana directly from the provisioning center, or authorize registered caregivers to purchase it for them.
In Michigan, the Marijuana Regulatory Agency is the licensing body for provisioning centers and regulates all aspects of these businesses under the Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act (2016). In addition to the facility itself, the regulatory agency ensures that growers, processors, and transporters remain in compliance with state laws.
You must obtain a Registry Identification Card before visiting a Provisioning Center!
The first step in the process is a visit to your physician. He or she must be certified in Michigan as a medical marijuana physician and will evaluate you to determine if you have a condition that fits the guidelines for treatment by medical marijuana. If your doctor agrees those guidelines are met, he or she will complete a certification form and upload it to the State website. Conditions like cancer pain, insomnia, appetite difficulties, glaucoma, chronic pain, and others have long been qualified for marijuana treatment. In 2018, several more conditions that qualify for treatment were added including:
- Inflammatory bowel disease
- Obsessive compulsive disorder
- Parkinson’s disease
- Spinal cord injury
Next, visit www.michigan.gov/mmp to create a secure online account for yourself. This is required in order to apply for your Registry Identification Card. Your physician must have an online account and must have submitted your physician certification form after your in-person medical evaluation. You will also need to provide proof of residency. There is a $60 application fee, payable at the time of application. Applications can also be filed by mail.
Once your application is approved and you have received your Registry Identification Card, you’re ready to visit your Michigan provisioning center!
What do I need to bring with me to the provisioning center?
- Your Registry Identification Card
- Physician Certification Form
- Valid Michigan Driver’s License or government issued ID with photo
- Proof of Michigan residency
- Cash – many dispensaries operate on a cash-only basis
What services does my marijuana provisioning center offer?
You also need to bring patience, because you may have to wait for assistance. Staff at provisioning centers are expert budtenders. They have in-depth knowledge of each marijuana strain they carry and work one-on-one with each customer to provide guidance.
Customers who are awaiting their turn to consult with a budtender will often be in a separate room. This ensures privacy for each person as they meet with the budtender. You may want to put your waiting time to good use by jotting down some notes about symptoms you’re looking to treat, and any questions you have about marijuana as a medical treatment such as; what effects are delivered by different strains, which strain might be best for your symptoms, and any concerns or other questions you might have. The Center may have written information you can peruse, or you may be able to bring up their website to access product information there.
Provisioning Centers often carry a variety of cannabis products. Ask what else is available, like oils, waxes, vape pens, dabbing rings, and edibles.
Can I designate someone to pick up marijuana for me?
Yes, if they meet certain requirements, a registered primary caregiver can pick up your cannabis products for you. You must either designate a caregiver at the time of your initial application or reapply along with a patient change form. There is a $25 fee to add a caregiver. When visiting the Provisioning Center caregivers are required to provide the following:
- Valid driver’s license or government issued ID with a photograph
- The caregiver’s valid Registry Identification Card
- The patient’s MMMP card
How about recreational marijuana – when can I legally buy it?
Even though the law allowing the legal use of marijuana for recreational purposes was passed several months ago, officials are still working on the rules regulating the industry. Until State rules are finalized, retail sales of recreational marijuana are prohibited. According to State law, rules must be finalized and in place by the end of 2019.
Greenstone Provisions, located in Ann Arbor, is more than a location
At Greenstone Provisions we have seen firsthand how medical marijuana changes and improves lives. By providing the highest quality medicine, a wealth of expertise, and the desire to make a positive difference, we have been able to improve the quality of life for many. Contact us today to find out how we can help you.