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Sarah Climaco

Medical cannabis patients in Michigan will be able to register and renew their medical cannabis ID cards online starting October 8, according to a report by The Detroit News.

The change also affects doctors, who will be able to register online with the Michigan Bureau of Medical Marijuana Regulation to make medical cannabis recommendations.

Online registration will only be available for patients who do not have a medical cannabis caregiver, or about 69 percent of patients. Patients who register online will be able to:

  • register or renew their medical cannabis ID cards,
  • request a replacement card,
  • pay their registration and/or renewal fees,
  • check the status of an application,
  • update their name and/or address,
  • or withdraw from the registry.

The old method of registration — filing paperwork — will remain in place for any doctors or patients who prefer it to online registration.

“The ultimate win here is reducing the processing time. … Currently, we process all applications within 15 business days of receipt and this could potentially shorten that time frame within a couple of days.” — Andrew Brisbo, director of Michigan’s Bureau of Medical Marijuana Regulation, via Detroit News

The change comes as Michigan voters are set to consider an adult-use cannabis legalization initiative this November and recent polling data suggests that a cannabis victory is likely.

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