State scales back fee for medical marijuana cards

March 01, 2007

, Los Angeles Times

The state Department of Health Services has scaled back a fee increase for medical marijuana identification cards after an outcry. The annual ID card fee, which was to rise from the current $13 to $142 on Thursday, will instead jump to $66 starting April 1. Medi-Cal patients will pay $33.

Though the state has issued about 10,000 ID cards, more than half the counties — including Los Angeles, San Diego and Orange — have not joined in. Without full participation, the $13 fee was not enough to cover costs of running the program, state officials said.

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