A lawsuit has been filed by patients and caregivers to REDUCE the fees required to obtain a medical card. Multiple families have come forward claiming that they cannot afford paying hundreds of dollars a year for a card to purchase the medicine their children desperately need. The state currently collects $75 – $200 per patient/caregiver and that excludes the $100 – $150 for a doctor’s visit. Plaintiffs of the lawsuit argue, “[A] state regulatory fee is unconstitutional if it is not in reasonable proportion to the services rendered.” This is a fair accusation considering the medical marijuana program only needs an estimated $15 per patient/caregiver to sustain the program and is hoarding a surplus in excess of $15 million.
Many involved in the lawsuit accuse the State of having unreasonably high fees to limit the number of people who can obtain medical marijuana. If this lawsuit is successful it would be a great win against those who attempt to deprive people of their right to access a medicine that is safer than prescription drugs. For example, patients who rely on highly addictive opiates with terrible side effects such as Insys’s Fentanyl could try medical marijuana as an alternative.
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