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Colorado Considering Reducing Medical Marijuana Registration Fees

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The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (department) is considering a reduction of the medical marijuana registration fee from $90 to $35. In making this downward adjustment, the Department has looked at the direct and indirect costs associated with managing the Medical Marijuana Registry Program.

This spreadsheet pdf logo details the costs to run the Medical Marijuana Registry Program. In summary, the department is assuming a registrant level of 120,000 applications per calendar year. The Department is also assuming 20% of those applicants will claim indigent status (defined as 185% of the federal poverty level); thus, the fee will be waived in accord with state statute. Therefore, 96,000 applicants will pay the fee. (120,000 X 20% = 24,000. 120,000 — 24,000 = 96,000). The program is anticipated to cost $3,367,726 per year to run. $3,367,726 / 96,000 applicants = $35.08 per applicant. The fee will be rounded down to $35.

With this posting, the department is inviting public comment on the proposed reduced medical marijuana registry fee. The public comment period will be open from July 1 through July 29, 2011. Please send your comments to cdphemedicalmarijuanacomments@state.co.us

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  1. It’s about time. The health department has been making lots of money on this program, even though constitutionally it’s only supposed to cover its costs. This will put a little bit more money back in the pockets of patients, who then might buy more medical marijuana – helping dispensaries to some degree.
    Chris, Dispensary Business News

  2. nv Innocence on

    This is a smart move, though round up ($36.00) and add a 15% ‘rainy days’ tax for sustainability. $42.00?

    Now here’s why; In NV I need to shell out $350 for the same card. Included, just to get the application I need to send the state 50 bucks. The state also requires I pay for the finger printing ($25+). Financially, I can’t and won’t. This guaranties that I will and do get my MMJ illegally.

    If I faced a $36 or $42 layout I would then have a choice to make. At $42 I would financially have to option to work within the system and that’s what I would choose to do.

    At $375 I do not have a choice, financially. At 42 bucks I do and I would choose to be legal.

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