Medical Marijuana License Fee Drops In CO

By: AP
By: AP

DENVER (AP) -- The price of a medical marijuana license in Colorado has been lowered more than half.

The state Board of Health voted unanimously Wednesday to lower the fee from $90 a year to $35 a year beginning Jan. 1. Already the $90 fee is lower than when Colorado first authorized medical marijuana a decade ago, when the fee was $140.

The annual fee was lowered because it's sufficient to cover administrative costs.

Board of Health spokesman Mark Salley says the number of medical marijuana patients in Colorado has dropped dramatically this year. The number dropped more than 20 percent -- to about 103,000 -- between June 30 and Sept. 30. The explanation may be tougher limits on medical marijuana passed by the Legislature.

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  • by @lil brother on Nov 17, 2011 at 10:54 AM
    Why would a cash strapped state lower the fee? Plesse tell. they should lower speeding fines,vehicle registration fees since far more people do or need help. You should open yiur eyes. Cspd seized how much weed, ca just got what 30tons hmmm. Listen. Alice is calling you back to wonder land
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      by tex mex on Nov 18, 2011 at 10:49 AM in reply to @lil brother
      Read where the marijuana came from... it came from mexico you idiot! They aren't seizing 30 tons of pot out of a dispencary grow. And also, the second reason, if you ask a rep why they lowered the cost - it was because so few people renewed their license after the first year. If you understood anything about money at all, you would understand that if you price something too high, and nobody buys it... you wont make any money. Lower the price, more people buy, and you end up making more money. That's what the state has done here... you just watch, and after january first the number of MMJ license applicants and fees collected will skyrocket again, and the state will be making money again. Oh but watch out - because the feds are going to come and arrest nearly 103,000 people, and 1,100 doctors in the state of Colorado also over 57,000 people in the state of California. Oh yeah, and there are a total of 16 states with similar laws, not counting DC! Do you really think they are going to "swoop down" on a group that size? Remember, in each state the law was passed with at least a 51% of the total reporting vote. I hate to be the one to tell you this, but you are out numbered in any of these 16 states... Alasksa, Arizona, California, Colorado, DC, Delaware, Hawaii, Maine, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Vermont. That leaves plenty of states open for you to head to for now. Or you can keep your head right where it is, and wait for the feds to swoop in on hundreds of thousands of tax paying, law abiding, proud Americans. Seriously man, get a grip - and realize that it is just a plant, and you're on a slowly disappearing island of opinion.
  • by fools on Nov 16, 2011 at 10:44 PM
    They lowered it because the know the feds are coming in and going to end mmj. Get a clue folks. Gov is not going to give up $$ . All who have a card are all the list for the first to go. Next are concelled carry holders. Just a way to keep a list.
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      by lil brother on Nov 17, 2011 at 08:36 AM in reply to fools
      Wow you're an idiot. So the state of Colorado lowered the fees because the feds are coming? How does that even begin to make any sense at all? You must believe that we have speed limits just so cops can write speeding tickets too. Get a clue, pull your head out. The feds have been paying attention to multi-million dollar dispensaries in california specifically because they cannot turn a blind eye to that much money. There have not been home raids, mass arrests, or anything even close. Some people say MMJ can cause a little paranoia... all I can say is you'd better not touch the stuff, because you're overly paranoid to begin with.
  • by TruthB Location: Colorado Springs on Nov 16, 2011 at 08:36 PM
    Awesome is RIGHT! Colorado finally following the Constitutional amendment 20 for Medical Marijuana! The amendment called for lowering the fee to match the overhead. I laugh at people thinking tree hugers are responsible for political correctness. These days liberals want less government and mean it! Not by saying less and then imposing regulation / fees / collecting tax (but we didn't increase taxes). I'm not for paying it in the back end! Good example of the comments to expect in this 2012 upcoming election - labeling, ramblings and nonsense and planting propaganda (AKA - Colorado legalizing marijuana responsibly does not legalize, Federal Bills that say end marijuana prohibition do not end the marijuana prohibition. Give a hemp!
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      by Anonymous on Nov 17, 2011 at 05:55 AM in reply to TruthB
      "These days liberals want less government"??? Are you nuts. This is a highly uneducated statement. One of the liberals basic principals is more government. This is one of their beliefs that define a liberal. As for the MMJ, soon enough federal law will finally be enforced and get this "Gateway" drug off the streets.
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        by Reality on Nov 17, 2011 at 10:59 AM in reply to
        You mean there are still people out there who believe the whole debunked "gateway drug" nonsense? How sad. Why is it that I've been using this "gateway drug" for years upon years but have never had any desire to try any other drugs? Seriously, just shut...up...already with that garbage. Good people are like a plague...a drain on the minds of the masses.
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          by Anonymous on Nov 18, 2011 at 06:07 AM in reply to Reality
          Love to you that you're wrong. MJ is a gateway drug to all others. Come over to the jail and poll all those in jail for drug offenses and ask them what was their first drug of choice. MJ will be the answer for 99 percent of them. The other 1 percent will be someone like you doing MJ and that's it. Fortunately, this label of being a gateway drug has been proven by multiple studies and never debunked. So no plague here, and it's also not possible to drain the mind of a pot head. Sober up and come back to reality and you'll finally see the point
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          by x1134x on Nov 18, 2011 at 02:28 PM in reply to Reality
          They would reply that their 1st drug they ever took and became addicted to was CAFFIENE. They would also say they were never really ADDICTED to marijuna. The other FACT that flat PROVES you wrong is the statistical facts: 40% or more of Americans have used marijuana according to government statistics, yet less than 8% use the other harder drugs COMBINED. There is NO causal relationship between marijuna use and hard drug use because if there were we'd have way more users.
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        by x1134x on Nov 18, 2011 at 02:31 PM in reply to
        The real SCIENCE SAYS: Investigators said that environmental factors (e.g., a greater exposure to illegal drugs in their neighborhoods) as well as subjects' "proneness to deviancy" were the two characteristics that most commonly predicted substance abuse. "This evidence supports what's known as the common liability model ... [which] states [that] the likelihood that someone will transition to the use of illegal drugs is determined not by the preceding use of a particular drug, but instead by the user's individual tendencies and environmental circumstances,"
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          by Doc MD on Nov 20, 2011 at 04:45 PM in reply to x1134x
          Sorry x1134x to tell you that facts are facts and indeed MJ is classified as a gateway drug to all others. Nothing else to say about that other then this is the truth within University studies, medical communities, law enforcement and even studies done by your own Medical MJ suppliers. However we understand for those who use the drug and don't have clear heads that they will do and say anything to justify and defend the drug itself.
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          by @Doc MD on Nov 23, 2011 at 05:29 PM in reply to x1134x
          I would love to see these studies you speak of. Please post links because I have never been able to find any. As a Cannabis user I have NEVER felt any desire to even try any street drugs that cannabis supposedly leads to.
  • by tim on Nov 16, 2011 at 08:16 PM
    sniper, youre way wrong. mmj is not the devil. chill out dude. corruptness is what will drag this place down.
  • by Sniper on Nov 16, 2011 at 05:25 PM
    Liberalism, Political Correctness and Medical Marijuana will bring about the destruction of America.
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      by hmm on Nov 16, 2011 at 07:41 PM in reply to Sniper
      MMJ, NO that's granted to us by god! The liberals/progressives who yes are a fascist movement and the extremely fascist pc movement will. If words offend you, stay inside or better yet buy a shotgun wrap your lips around the barrel and suck some buckshot down. You can not claim 1st amendment rights and have political correctness at the same time. Also when you give anybody special rights whether it's civil,gay, etc. you strip others of their constitutional rights. Libs/progs and gays spew a lot of hate at straights, whites, christians and Jews and see nothing wrong with it and get away with it(this needs to stop this double standard). Figures though that's the democrat party platform. Over 200 years of hate and oppression, the direction of hate has changed but they are still the party of hate and bigotry.
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      by bob on Nov 16, 2011 at 08:15 PM in reply to Sniper
      youre not smart. mmj has done tons of good for the legal states. it isnt making people violent like they told you in elementary school. dont listen to everything our government tells you, its more than likely wrong.
  • by andy Location: csprings on Nov 16, 2011 at 03:36 PM
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