A Republican lawmaker wants to reduce the financial burden on medical- marijuana patients.
A proposal by Sen. Sonny Borrelli of Lake Havasu would extend the state’s current one-year certifications for medical-marijuana cards to two years. For patients, that would eliminate both the expense of a required second-year trip to the doctor and of paying the second-year annual fee to the state.
The first card would be for two years; renewals after that would remain annual. But Borrelli’s proposal would also cut that annual renewal fee by two-thirds, to $50.
The move comes as records show the state has nearly $55 million in an account from fees paid by cardholders and dispensary owners. The account is growing by more than $14 million a year, as the money collected can be spent only on issues related to medical marijuana.
Borelli’s Senate Bill 1138 would accomplish what some patients have been unable to do by suing the state: Reduce the fees.
He said he sees his measure as streamlining government.
“It would relieve the burden on the Department of Health,” he 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?” [Read more at Tucsan.com]