resto is simplifying the issue too much.
its kind of a complicated issue.
lets go through it real quick here.
your husband (caregiver)
only one of you is allowed to possess 12 plants. in this case, only one of you would be allowed to be in the grow room.
now here is another situation, which may work for you.
you (patient, but keeps possession of plants on the LARA form)
husband (caregiver, not allowed to possess plants)
then only you would be allowed in the grow room.
different way to do this
you (patient, keep possession of plants)
husband (caregiver to you, patient himself, keep possession of plants)
now both of you would be able to be in the grow room, since you are both allowed to possess 12 plants.
if your husband does not have a qualifying condition than the above situation would of course not work for you and your husband.
there is one more situation that might work better for you.
you (patient, cant keep plants)
husband (caregiver, can keep plants)
the husband waters, cultivates, grows the plants.
then he cuts the plants down when the plants are ready to harvest.
as soon as the plant is no longer living, it is an amount of marihuana. it is no longer a plant if it is not in growth material or living.
then you are free to possess it and help trim etc.
the reason this is important is there were 3 cases in the court of appeals and supreme court of michigan.
people v bob said husband and wife could not grow together, because the total of the 21 plants was more than the 12 plants each could possess.
people v bylsma said 3 caregivers could not grow together because the total of the 88 plants was more than the total 72 plants that is a maximum number of plants a caregiver could possess if they had all 5 patients plus themselves.
people v mazur said a wife could not help her husband cultivate if she was not a patient. she merely wrote down some numbers on a post-it note that was found on a plant. this case went to the michigan supreme court. where it was found that any device or item used for marijuana cultivation was paraphernalia and thus legal under section 4 of the MMMA.
so , its complicated.
but in general, if you want to be in the grow room of 12 plants, your card better say "allowed to possess plants" for you to be in there.
there maybe another issue that a grow room is only allowed to be either a patient OR a caregiver, but not both. but this issue has not been fully found in the courts yet.
in reality, as long as you dont talk to the police without a lawyer at all, dont tell no one about you being in a grow room , and your grow room door automatically closes and locks and only one person has the key (or combination lock) then really you should be fine.
otherwise to be 100% safe, wait for plants to be cut and dead. then you can trim and dry away!