You pay enough for meds through the year, so wouldn't it be nice if you didn't have to spend nearly a quarter-bag's worth of money to get your red card? The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment thinks so, too, and is debating dropping its annual registration fee from $90 to $35. But the agency isn't going to give us the discount just yet. CDPHE wants to hear from medical marijuana patients as to whether or not you think this reduction is a good idea.
Let me help you out: You do think this a good idea. That $55 would be much better spent on a few grams of hash, a new pipe, fifty boxes of rolling papers or even just munchies for a week.
The drop in price would be made possible by the increase in the number of patients over the past few years: More patients in the registry means more people paying for the registry. Divide the cost of operations by the number of fee-paying cardholders and you've got the appropriate fee.
In years past, the $90 fee just covered costs. But since about 2009, the registry has exploded with new patients. Currently, the state calculates that the registry costs $3,367,726 to maintain per year, and the CDPHE expects about 120,000 people to register this year. Of that number, nearly 20 percent claim indigent status and have their fees waived -- but $35 apiece from the remaining 96,000 paying patients should cover costs. You can read more detailed financial statements about the costs of the CDPHE registryhere.
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