Thursday, July 7, 2011

CDPHE to consider lowering MMJ patient fee to $35

Posted By on Thu, Jul 7, 2011 at 4:12 PM


A posting on the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment's website reveals that the department is looking at lowering the cost of a red card from $90 to $35, based on anticipated costs.

"In summary, the department is assuming a registrant level of 120,000 applications per calendar year," the site says. "The department is also assuming 20 percent of those applicants will claim indigent status (defined as 185 percent 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 times 20 percent, equals 24,000. 120,000 minus 24,000 equals 96,000). The program is anticipated to cost $3,367,726 per year to run. $3,367,726 divided by 96,000 applicants equals $35.08 per applicant. The fee will be rounded down to $35."

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