Medical marijuna applications can no longer be dropped off for submission at the State’s office. At this time, the State is unable to issue valid registry identification cards within the statutory time frame with the resources available to them. The Department of Community Health is approximately 5 months behind on getting applicants their actual Michigan Medical Marihuana Program Identification Cards. The statute currently allows for a copy of the application submitted to serve as a valid registry identification if the card is not issued within 20 days of its submission to the department. Many people opted to hand deliver their applications to become a Patient or Caregiver as the time-stamp receipt of their submission served as proof in their meeting the 20 day submission date requirement to begin enjoying the protection of the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act.
The notice reads:
EFFECTIVE MONDAY, MAY 9, 2011 — IN AN EFFORT TO PROTECT PERSONAL INFORMATION AND LIMITED STAFFING RESOURCES, THE MEDICAL MARIHUANA REGISTRY PROGRAM WILL NO LONGER DATE-STAMP COPIES OF HAND DELIVERED APPLICATIONS. APPLICATIONS SHOULD BE SENT BY U.S. MAIL TO THE ADDRESS INDICATED ON THE APPLICATION.