Medical marijuana license fee drops in Colo.
November 16, 2011
DENVER – The price of a medical marijuana license in Colorado has been lowered more than half.
The state Board of Health voted unanimously Wednesday to lower the fee from $90 a year to $35 a year beginning Jan. 1. Already the $90 fee is lower than when Colorado first authorized medical marijuana a decade ago, when the fee was $140.
The annual fee was lowered because it’s sufficient to cover administrative costs.
Board of Health spokesman Mark Salley says the number of medical marijuana patients in Colorado has dropped dramatically this year. The number dropped more than 20 percent – to about 103,000 – between June 30 and Sept. 30. The explanation may be tougher limits on medical marijuana passed by the Legislature.