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Ariz. Health Services mulling price drop for some medical marijuana cardholders

PHOENIX — Some Arizonans may soon be paying half price for their medical marijuana cards.

The Arizona Department of Health Services is considering the price drop, because it has some money in the bank.

“We’ve got about $9 million in the medical marijuana fund right now,” said ADHS Director Will Humble. “[Much] of that came in from fees for the medical marijuana registration cards, which are about $150 per year. About $2 million came in from the medical marijuana dispensary applications.”

Humble said that having a system that is mostly automated meant the department’s expenditures for the program were lower than expected, and that’s how they’re able to consider cutting fees to $75 a year, for some people.

Humble listed who would be eligible under the plan.

“Veterans, seniors, people who qualify for federal government programs and also people that qualify for and receive food stamps or SNAP benefits,” he said.

A final decision on the proposal is expected this fall. Humble said that the price drop could happen early next year.