State Falling Behind on Medical Marijuana Applications

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Michigan medical marijuana regulators say they've been deluged with applications from patients and caregivers and face a five-week backlog in processing them.
State voters approved medical marijuana use a year ago.
The state Department of Community Health said Thursday it's received 10,398 applications since starting April 6.
It's issued 5,873 patient registrations and 2,440 caregiver registrations while denying 1,867, mainly because of missing information.
An average of 66 applications arrive daily. The department says it reviews applications within 15 days but workers are behind in issuing cards.
Officials say staffers now are processing applications from late September and hope to speed the process by year's end.


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  • by Shawn on Dec 13, 2009 at 03:53 PM
    I beg to differ "Houston"...if you were reading about the laws online about the marijuana ordeal, you would have seen even though the state of Michigan or any other state for that matter, legalizes it (getting a piece of paper), the FEDERAL GOVT. at any time can come in and arrest you. YES! i read it. It makes no sense at all, but that's our GOVT. There all crooked!
  • by Jennifer Location: Lansing MI on Dec 10, 2009 at 08:02 AM
    We are the only department in the State of Michigan that is making a profit that is not based on a fine..... Say YES to Michigan
  • by Jason Location: Jackson on Dec 7, 2009 at 05:46 PM
    I say god forbid if you have a terminal disease and you want to smoke pot to relax, following the system is going to take more pain and time than what it's worth. Most people knows someone who knows someone who has pot. Get some, relax and enjoy it and forget about this screwed up B.S. the gov't wants you to follow.
  • by Houston Location: Mason on Dec 4, 2009 at 09:04 AM
    It is my understanding that if you have a copy of the papers that you have your Dr. state that you have a qualifying disability you will not get in trouble if you have sent the papers in to the state for your card. Follow the rules and the law, no problem.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 4, 2009 at 08:58 AM
    I am sure those who need it and those who don't are not waiting for a piece of paper to allow them to smoke pot. They are no more illegal today than they were a year ago. So, flame on!!!
  • by Anonymous on Dec 4, 2009 at 05:28 AM
    So many things are behind.Try getting disability and wait 4-5-6 years.This should not be this way.Then the lawyer you must get to fight your case,does so little but ends up with a big chunk of your money.It is just money taking care of money as people suffer.Our system of things needs changed in the worst way.To many have got away with things to long.
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