Medical Marijuana Caregivers in Michigan

Medical Marijuana Caregivers in Michigan

What’s the difference between a caregiver and a drug dealer?

A medical marijuana caregiver is a person whom supplies cannabis for any medical reason. Contrast this to a drug dealer, whom almost always supply marijuana (and typically other drugs) for recreational purposes.

A few Medical Marijuana Caregivers in Michigan revel in the fact that others still consider them drug dealers. But most prefer to distance themselves from that label. In my travels I would say that the vast majority of medical marijuana caregivers in Michigan attempt to stay within the letter of the Michigan Medical Marijuana (Marihuana) Law.

Find a Medical Marijuana Caregiver in Michigan



We have made finding a Medical Marijuana Caregiver in Michigan easy. We provide you with a list of local caregivers, you can sort them in a myriad of ways. Create an account and start searching in less than 5 minutes. Grassmatch also certifies caregivers, and provides a way to communicate with them anonymously and safety. You can also read and write reviews. Did we mention this is all free? Pretty sweet deal, if you ask us.

Whats special about Medical Marijuana Caregivers in Michigan?

By definition, a medical marijuana caregiver in Michigan must supply marijuana only to alleviate their own patients symptoms. That is a subtle but very important distinction in the law. People have gone to jail because they failed to understand this.

Lets see how this really works.

Imagine a medical marijuana caregiver in Michigan. This caregiver supplies any patient with cannabis to alleviate their medical conditions. Unfortunately, Michigan may prosecute this caregiver as a drug dealer. Now imagine a caregiver that supplies only their own patients with marijuana. This caregiver doesn’t have a good understanding of their patients medical conditions. The State of Michigan may consider this person a drug dealer.

Remember – if it wasn’t written down it often doesn’t count in court. This is why we recommend caregivers keep a records of their correspondence and follow ups with their patients.

What does a Medical Marijuana Caregiver in Michigan do?

Medical Marijuana Caregivers in Michigan, besides trying to keep themselves out of Jail, typically grow the cannabis they sell. Cannabis prefers a very sunny, 75F, 50% relative humidity environment. Michigan’s weather doesn’t cooperate like that, so many Medical Marijuana caregivers in Michigan take to growing their medicine indoors. At the very least, full time caregivers grow partially indoors and in Greenhouses. Growing is a fascinating and rewarding hobby, but not something I recommend to people with limited free time or those who do not own their own property.

How much money can a Medical Marijuana Caregiver in Michigan Make?

Not very much. To summarize, Medical Marijuana Caregiver in Michigan get 5 patients only. They can only sell marijuana to those patients for their medical symptoms. As noted by many of Michigan’s leading physicians, usually patients can alleviate their symptoms on 1 oz per week or less. Before we get any hate mail, we should tell you that this is just an estimate. Every patient should be evaluated on an individual basis.

Now we need to make some assumptions to figure out what the salary for a caregiver might be. We assume a sale price of $225 / oz, a production price that averages $100 /oz, and patient consumption consistently of 1 oz / wk. The salary for a fully compliant Caregiver in Michigan is thus $30,000 at best.  Realistically, they will make a lot less because only a few patients will need 4 oz/mo consistently. That’s not a lot of money considering Medical Marijuana Caregivers in Michigan risk their livelihood and freedom.

At Grassmatch, we know how important it is for caregivers to keep 5 good patients signed up at all times. Next, they should attack their costs. Did you know, for example, that hydroponic store nutrients are marked up 1600%+ over horticultural grade nutrients? It’s true, we did the math! A high quality horticultural grade fertilizer (Jacks Professional + Calcium Nitrate), modified for use with marijuana crops with a few key ingredients is much cheaper than the store bought “nutes”.

Plus, the sun and many organic fertilizers (compost, worm bins) are virtually free! With these tricks and a few more, we’ve seen costs as low as $37 /oz indoors. Not bad!

Where are Medical Marijuana Caregivers in Michigan Headed?

We can only guess. Pandora’s box has been opened in several other states allowing for the sale of Marijuana recreationally through heavily taxed government approved channels. With costs of $300 per oz and above, naturally the grey market is flourishing. What we do know – growers selling marijuana directly to consumers will continue to be good business.

7 Steps to a Great MMJ Caregiver Relationship

Who or what is an MMJ Caregiver?

If you don’t want to grow for yourself but your physician has recommended marijuana, it may be time to meet a Medical Marijuana Caregiver (MMJ Caregiver). An MMJ caregiver is like your own personal marijuana grower. In many States procuring marijuana from an MMJ caregiver is legally sanctioned. No matter what your monthly marijuana budget is, purchasing directly from an MMJ Caregiver can mean big savings for you. But if your marijuana budget is over $200 per month, read on about finding a local grower you can purchase from directly. A great MMJ caregiver will also give you access to highly exclusive and desirable strains.

The first question you might ask: how can I find a local MMJ Caregiver? We made our site – Grassmatch – for just that purpose.

And now we are going to tell you, the medical marijuana patient, how to find and keep a great MMJ caregiver.

The 7 Steps to a Great MMJ Caregiver relationship

At Grassmatch we talk to dozens of new patients every single day. Every newbie finds the whole medical marijuana process confusing. Many people are not even aware that they have the option of purchasing marijuana directly from a grower. They don’t know that Grassmatch will hook you up with local MMJ caregivers for free. Certainly they don’t know what they need to do to ensure that their relationship with their MMJ caregiver goes well. Follow the 7 steps below and begin buying affordable, reliable, and high quality medical marijuana.

1. Send in your State Application… NOW!

We recommend that you do not wait to find an MMJ Caregiver to send your application to the state. When you find an MMJ Caregiver you may add them to your registry at any time without delay.  Many caregivers will not register patients who have not received their card yet. Be sure to ask your prospect of any such stipulations to avoid surprises.

2. Interview your MMJ Caregiver

You should begin by honestly assessing your needs first. Travel distance, grow habits, delivery frequency, caregiver availability, and strains available are some of the points to be covered in the initial interview. [We shamelessly mention that all this information easily available at]  But anything else that is critically important to you should be discussed at this time.

3.  Meeting for the first time

Choose a public area like a food court, restaurant or the like. It’s best to avoid home visits at this stage. You don’t need to know where your MMJ Caregiver lives or grows yet anyhow. Select a meeting place that might be used to take your deliveries and judge the travel distance and the area. Your MMJ caregiver may even have access to a professional office or provisioning center. Be courteous, clean, and professional.  Sadly even today caregivers are taking big risks to supply you with medicine. You can help them by being discrete and leaving your favorite marijuana leaf t-shirt at home. At this meeting you can be more personal and get answers to any concerns you may have.

4. Sending a Change Form to the State

The two of you will decide who will do the mailing, and who will pay the change form fees. As an MMJ Caregiver myself I prefer to do the mailing and pay the associated postage and state fees. A Certified Mail/Return Receipt is the safest quickest way to register. A receipt will be mailed back to you when it arrives and a legal supply may begin in 21 days if all of the information is correct on the change forms, and accepted by the state. Your new cards will arrive soon after. It’s important to keep the name, address, and contact information of your MMJ caregiver a private matter.

An MMJ caregiver and patient should arrange communication channels (email/phone/etc). MMJ Caregivers often arrange deliveries back to back so please keep your appointments. Your caregiver owes their other patients the same courtesy. Your first meeting may be awkward but soon you’ll probably be like old friends.

5. Strain Review

Soon after each delivery it’s important for your MMJ Caregiver know what you do and don’t like about the strains provided. There is no reliable way to know what you’ll favor. This changes from one patient to another, and even from day to day. Don’t assume that because you don’t like something it is a poor quality product. Another patient might dislike your favorites too.

6.  Not Happy?

If you’re unsatisfied with your MMJ caregiver services/products you should first discuss the issue with your caregiver and see if you can come to an agreement. Having tried that, if you’re still unsatisfied, or if the problems are just too egregious, you may remove or replace the MMJ caregiver using the State of Michigan MMMP change form. Be sure to inform your caregiver of any changes – this may effect his or her garden.

[If you found your MMJ caregiver on Grassmatch, be sure to leave a detailed review for your caregiver]


Proper communication will go a long way to provide you and your MMJ caregiver with a satisfying experience. Good luck to you. We hope for good fortune in your life.

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6 Steps to obtaining Medical Marijuana in Mi

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How do you obtain Medical Marijuana in Michigan?

1)      First, obtain a physicians recommendation for Marijuana. Physician recommendations usually come from a Marijuana Certification Specialist. You can find them with a quick google search such as “Marijuana Doctor + “city name” in Google. Or use a service like Be sure to call the clinic and ask them for their complete policies. You will leave the clinic with a complete application – just not totally filled out yet.

2) If you want to grow your own Marijuana, you may complete the state of Michigan Application and specify NO CAREGIVER. “NO CAREGIVER” cards are also often used to:

A) Make one-time purchases of marijuana

B) As legal protection for street purchases / possession of marijuana

C) Make Marijuana purchases from certain dispensaries and clubs. ( or are very good sites to compare dispensaries and get reviews)

3)     If you decide you want a caregiver, I.E. a professional to regularly purchase Medical Marijuana From – you could find them by making a quick patient profile at and browsing through caregiver profiles. A caregiver could also be a friend, family member, or just any Marijuana Farmer you happen to know and like.  Any caregiver you select will need to fill their portion of your MMMP application.

4) MAKE AND KEEP COPIES OF YOUR COMPLETE APPLICATION.  With the application completed and payment enclosed you, or your caregiver, will need to send the application into the State of Michigan.

5) Once your application is approved by the state, with or without a caregiver, you are legally allowed to purchase and possess up to 2.5 ozs of marijuana from anyone in the state.

You will eventually receive either a rejection letter – which is typically just a response from the State letting you know they need more information (e.x. you filled out your app incorrectly) or… Your shiny new Medical Marijuana Card!

Now for some good to know info!

1)      It is  illegal to sell marijuana outside of a caregiver/patient relationship in Michigan.

2)      It is unlawful to keep marijuana in a moving vehicle anywhere else but in a locked case, preferably in the trunk but definitely out of reach of the vehicles occupants

3)      A caregiver is simply a person that supplies you with Marijuana in accordance with state laws.

4)      A good caregiver will take the time to figure out what works best for you and will have it available for you consistently. We’ve got a lot more information about that here and in the rest of this blog.

5)      Good caregiver services are rarely free. Prices vary, but extremely high quality medication can be had for $200 / oz through a qualified, professional caregiver.

6)     It is extremely easy, and inexpensive ($10), to change from a “NO CAREGIVER” card to a “CAREGIVER” card. The same $10 and the same “MMMP Change Form” can be used to switch caregivers as well.

I am not a lawyer, and this is not legal advice.

The state of Michigan has a comprehensive FAQ about Medical Marijuana here. My friends over at A2wellness also put together a nice FAQ here.

5 “GOTCHA!” questions to ask a Medical Marijuana Dealer

As a Medical Marijuana Patient you rely on your Caregiver, Budtender, or club owner to be knowledgeable about the medicine they are selling. Luckily – most people selling Medical Marijuana are more than willing – nay, excited! to talk about their products. Here are some GOTCHA questions you can ask them to help you weed out the good dealers from the occasional bad apple.

1) Sativa or Indica?

Does it smoke like a sativa – giving you an upbeat energetic feeling, or does it smoke like an indica – locking you hard into the couch? In between the two extremes? You will need to test it out for yourself to figure out what works, but understanding the categories will be very useful for you in treating your condition.

This is a really basic question, but I have heard new upstarts get it wrong or get confused about it. Folks with insomnia generally don’t want a sativa strain that will keep them awake, and people with depression sometimes don’t want a heavy indica strain effecting their productivity.

In other cases, I have had patients whose muscle spasms would worsen with sativa-dominant strains but still needed to be productive as they dealt with their chronic pain. For these patients, a 50-50 hybrid works really well.

2) How was it cured?

It is well known that patients prefer cured rather than fresh dried cannabis. This is an extra step though – and means that the cannabis producer has to be a little more patient bringing his product to market.

A good cure occurs in air tight containers, often mason jars. Highlights of a good cure is an even burn rate, less coughing, and even slightly better potency!

3) How is it stored?

Cannabis is best stored in a cool, dry place in vacuum sealed glass containers.  For high volume places like cannabis shops, dispensaries, etc, don’t be surprised or alarmed if it’s not vacuum sealed.

In my humble opinion there is no better sound than the PSSST of a sealed jars vacuum being open when you ask a caregiver to bring out his “head stash” (highest quality MJ)

4) Which pesticides were used?

I am going to shock and alarm some people with this. I’ve been growing indoors for 4 years now and I can tell you for certain you don’t need pesticides to have an excellent, reliable indoor crop harvest after harvest. Strong plants defend themselves, and the ability of good growers to control their environment completely negates any advantage pest populations could have on a crop. Outdoor, and dirt and organic growers may occasionally need a different solution.

Still, just like our nations food producers, many cannabis growers choose to use pesticides in their crop.  All-natural NEEM oil, rosemary, thyme, etc extracts are all used to bolster plants natural defenses and scare off pests regularly. You can decide for yourself whether you are comfortable with this, or even non-natural pesticides, in your marijuana.

5) Is the Cannabis grown organically or not?

There are some wrong answers to this question: “I’m not sure”, “…..LONG PAUSE”, or a lie. The bottom line is you should feel comfortable with the cannabis you are getting and the dealer selling the marijuana should both (A) know the answer and (B) be able to defend his position.

For example, I’ve used organic nutrition to feed my plants in the past – but I found that it was too much work (10+ hours /wk extra mixing dirt, dealing with worms, hand watering plants, etc). I found that all that extra work left me with less free time to be a good caregiver, start Grassmatch, and have a life. Besides that, frankly I would find myself slacking off. When I switched to hydroponics, my products got better, my patients got happier, and I got my life back .


How to Tell if Your Weed is Good

How to Tell if your Weed is Good

Producing Marijuana is an art as well as a science.  There are many different methods for preparing herb for consumption, and most produce excellent results. Occasionally, however, subpar Marijuana gets into the hands of a medical Marijuana Patient. Fortunately, there are plenty of tell tale signs you are getting a raw deal from your caregiver. How to tell if your weed is good, in just 6 easy-bake steps.

1) Wet weed

A person that gives you wet weed is either ignorant or greedy, or both. Wet weed weighs more than dry weed – so we have the greed part covered. What about the ignorance? First of all  – just like wet wood – wet cannabis doesn’t burn as well as dry.  Not only does the burn rate go down, but cannabis needs drying in order to activate it’s psychoactive ingredients. Most importantly, wet weed is very prone to high levels of mold that can be very dangerous for immune-suppressed patients.  If you have any clue how to tell if your weed is good, you won’t buy the wet stuff.

2) Compressed Cannabis

Compressed cannabis generally comes from a vacuum sealed bag or a brick. It is a sign that you MIGHT be dealing with a drug dealer who has recently converted to being a caregiver. Compressed weed is not necessarily low quality, but buyer beware. People who really know how to tell if your weed is good also know to “pay less for compressed!”

In this article, a marijuana insider sarcastically says this in regards to brick weed

It’s hard to believe drug gangs are killing each other over this stuff.

3) Brown / Moldy Smelling Weed

Good marijuana comes in a variety of colors and flavors. Some patients prefer a nice fruity smelling cannabis – and some patients prefer their weed wreak like a skunk or like cheese. Some strains of marijuana downright smell offensive to my nose – but that doesn’t mean it’s bad.
However, you should check very large nugs for bud rot, which looks as disgusting as it sounds. If you see or smell any black or white mold then you should not only pass on the cannabis – you should pass on that caregiver entirely. There are serious health risks associated with mold, especially for immunosuppressed patients. Moldy weed is also a common scare tactic for news organizations, as seen in this CBS article. As you see – knowing how to tell if your weed is good can be important to your health!

4) Loose / Fluffy nugs

Amazing marijuana buds can be had in huge chunks or small portions. Some strains are also naturally fluffy, where others are naturally more dense.

Determining if a sample or bag you’ve just purchased is overly fluffy is tough – you’ve got to have some experience with the strain to be really sure. However if you can hold the bud up to a strong light source and light peaks through – you either have a bad grow or are getting “bottom nugs”.  “Bottom Nugs” receive very little light during the growing process. Good growers know these buds should never be sold as-is, and are instead pruned early in the growing process or used later for concentrates.

5) Crystal Shine!

All well grown cannabis appears frosty when exposed to light. This quality is sometimes called frost, crystals, trichs, or most correctly “trichomes”.  The Marijuana plant develops trichomes as a defense mechanism for various MJ loving pests and to trap pollen. A strong, fertile female cannabis plant will always have an abundance of trichomes.

Cannabis can lose it’s glisten quickly in hot grow rooms.  You’ll also loose the frosting due to:

  • Getting “beat up” by fans and heavy winds
  • General poor plant health and development
  • rough handling.

Those who know how to tell if your weed is good will say “if it doesn’t shine it’s hardly worth your time!”.

6) Seeds

Heavily seeded marijuana can still be excellent – but even the best seeded marijuana will sell at a 40% discount or more. It is a basic fact of nature that a female marijuana plant that is busy producing seeds will be less busy producing strong marijuana. Those that know how to tell if your weed is good all agree-Seedless marijuana (sinsemella) has been the holy grail for hundreds, if not thousands, of years.

It’s typical for marijuana plants -especially those picked for a late harvest – to have a seed or two. Finding one or two seeds in an ounce of great marijuana should be seen as a gift. Save the seed, every excellent strain started from a seed!

However, an abundance of seeds – particularly infant seeds – definitely indicates subprime cannabis. If you got it unknowingly from a good caregiver, dispensary, or club – you are entitled to a big discount, return, or money back on your purchase.


So there you have it folks, now you know how to tell if your weed is good. If the marijuana looks good, and passes all the tests – it’s probably of respectable quality. That does not, however, mean you’ll enjoy it. In the world of marijuana, one mans trash is truly another mans treasure. And there are great deals to be found especially with less popular strains. Happy hunting!