Arizona Senate Bill 1138 is seeking to reduce the state’s annual medical marijuana card fee from $150 to just $50. The bill would also make medical marijuana cards expire after two years instead of one, which means Arizona patients would only visit a marijuana doctor once every two years instead of annually (but they would still have to pay $50 annually to the state).
Records obtained by Capitol Media Services found that the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) currently has about $55 million in a bank account obtained from the state’s annual medical marijuana card fees and dispensary-related fees, San Tan Sun News reports. And that account is increasing by about $14 million every year.
“It would relieve the burden on the Department of Health,’’ Borrelli said. “They have such a short time in getting these cards in and out. So, for processing, why not have the card go for two years?’’
If passed, Borelli’s bill would reduce the financial burden on the state’s 200,000 medical marijuana patients.
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