Cannabis Patients United Position on Bona Fide Physician Patient Relationship



A central part of the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act (MMMA) requires that for an individual to

qualify as a “patient” under the MMMA, the individual must obtain a “…document signed by a

physician, stating the patient’s debilitating medical condition, and stating that in the physician’s

professional opinion the patient is likely to receive therapeutic or palliative benefit from the medical

use of marijuana…”(MCL 333.26423). The MMMA further states (MCL 333.26424, 4(f)) that the

physicians professional opinion is the result of “…a bona fide physician-patient relationship.”

Cannabis Patients United believes that the final arbiters of a bona fide physician-patient relationship

are the state licensing agencies and professional medical associations. We will reference the existing

body of literature that already defines a “bona fide physician-patient relationship” and offer the

framework as to how that should be applied to establish that a physician, licensed by the State of

Michigan, has a bona fide relationship with a patient that he/she has recommended to use medical

marijuana in accordance with the MMMA.

Cannabis Patients Uniteds’ objective is to present an outline of a bona fide physician patient

relationship in the context of a licensed physician conducting an examination of a patient and

recommending a treatment plan to suit their patients medical needs. We believe that a bona fide

physician-patient relationship should be uniformly interpreted and applied without prejudice to all



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