A Lake Havasu Republican lawmaker wants to reduce the financial burden on medical marijuana patients.

The proposal by Sen. Sonny Borrelli would have the currently one-year certifications for medical marijuana cards extended to two years.

That would eliminate not only the need for the expense of an annual trip to the doctor but also paying a second-year annual fee to the state.

And that annual renewal fee after that would be cut by two-thirds, to just $50.

The move comes as records obtained by Capitol Media Services show the state has nearly $55 million in an account from fees from cardholders and dispensary owners.

And it’s growing by more than $14 million a year as the money collected can be spent only on issues related to medical marijuana.

SB 1138 also would accomplish what some patients have been unable to do by suing the state: Reduce the fees.

Borrelli attempted to push through a more comprehensive testing scheme last year, including requirements for disclosure of all chemicals to buyers, but that never became law.

Contact the editor at abechman@payson.com


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