Medical marijuana patient-fees comment period extended due to Health Dept. snafu

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Back in July, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment asked medical marijuana cardholders for their thoughts on the department dropping red card fees from $90 to $35. Last week, the comment period was extended to August 12 on the CDPHE website without any explanation. We've now learned that's because some of your e-mails might not have ever made it to the department in the first place.

I caught up with CDPHE spokesman Mark Salley, who said that the extension was put in place because a "technical problem" with the e-mail system prevented some comments from reaching their designation during the first two weeks of July. The problem has since been fixed, and to make up for potential lost e-mails, the CDPHE extended the comment period.

Salley didn't go into detail about the glitch, but I'd like to think that the overwhelming number of patients writing to tell the CDPHE it's a good move flooded the system and caused it to crash. Wishful thinking, but I like to remain optimistic.

Either way, the extension gives everyone another eight days to tell the CDPHE what you think of the decrease in fees. If you are in any way debating it, remember: That extra $55 would likely be much better spent on some high-grade bubble hash or a new pipe for yourself. But hey, it's your money and your call...

The fee reduction is due to the large increase in registered medical marijuana patients. More patients in the system allows the costs to be spread further. The state estimates that it costs roughly $3.36 million to run the program (you can see more details about the programs financials in a .pdf here). Divide that cost by 96,000 patients expected to apply or re-apply for a red card, and you come up with the $35-per-patient cost.

Comments will be taken until August 12 on the CDPHE Medical Marijuana Registry website, or you can e-mail your thoughts to cdphemedicalmarijuanacomments@state.co.us.

We've been assured they'll get there this time.

More from our marijuana archives: "Medical marijuana grow isn't child abuse any more than having a liquor cabinet, attorney says"

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Dt5280

Easy.  Easy!  They are initiating a fee reduction.  Its really one of the best demonstrations of Denver Government Ive witnessed.  Cmon, theyve listened, and offered this to pleas for needy folk to get meds.  We are getting our meds.  Step off the conspiracy theories, if your meds are making you this paranoid, talk to your doctor.  

TimothyTipton
TimothyTipton

NOTHING in Colorado Constitution Article VIII Sec.14 says anything about registering with the STATE! BOYCOTT C.D.P.H.E., D.O.R., and any other state regulated MMJ Activities until our government changea their policies to treat patients with respect and compassion. Patients interests have been ignored FAR TOO LONG, so show your disapproval with Your limited financial resources amd BOYCOTT Today!

You become a legal constitutionally protected patient the moment a recommending physicia Puts pen to paper. Don't give up your RIGHTS for privledges the government wishes to abuse you with, financialy and otherwise(confidentiality and privacy STRIPPED)!

Patients Assisting Patients is a protected activity, so join or develop your own Legal Cannabis Patient Collective today! http://www.thecollectiveadvant... has ALL the resources in place to stay legal, discreet, confidential, and private, the way our law was originally written in 2000.

Citizen80919
Citizen80919

What, CDHPE stalling on the rate reduction?

They know that a vast majority of cards are up for renewal from August - November. The dates that they actually started issuing cards. If they drag their feet long enough they can get those renewals at $90 instead of $35.

That, kids, is how our government works.

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

Patients may want to continue to register with the CDPHE in order to get a red card, but they should not list a caregiver, and no caregiver in their right mind should be registering with the DOR.

Set against the convenience of shopping at an MMC and being able to brandish your card the fact that the CDPHE fought relentlessly against patients by attacking caregiving itself until the BOH finally betrayed patients and the Constitution.  Better at this point for patients to establish  confidential relationships with caregivers (who may serve any number of patients, and should not divulge that they grow cannabis, much less where they grow it to any government agent or any other untrustworthy person).  If you are persecuted for the (medical) use of cannabis, know your jury and defend your constitutional rights, especially against the scofflaws among the police and their agents on the bench.  No real American would return a conviction in a drug case, yet the casualties of our criminal injustice system continue to mount.

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seabourne

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Colorado Mmj Patient
Colorado Mmj Patient

It is almost like they are stalling.  We want it lowered, and WE WANT TO KNOW WHERE OUR MONEY HAS BEEN GOING TO!

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

-- significant amounts have simply been looted.  The Constitution specifies that the funds received from patients and any interest earned on may only be spent on administrative costs of the program (i.e. the medical marijuana registry program specified in Article XVIII, Section 14).  We need to follow up on what is known about the diversion of patients' fees, because it is illegal.

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