Colorado

Oct 20, 2010 11:29 AM by Associated Press

Colorado taxpayers may subsidize pot cards for poor

Medical marijuana cards in Colorado cost $90 - but state health officials are hearing testimony Wednesday on lowering that rate for the poor.

The Colorado Board of Health is planning to drop the fee for marijuana cards for patients in poverty. The new indigent rates come after complaints that some sick people can't afford the $90 fee.

The city of Washington already offers reduced registration and renewal fees for patients who qualify for Medicaid or whose income is equal to or less than 200 percent of the federal poverty level.

The Colorado Board of Health will also hear testimony Wednesday on creating a formal process to add ailments to the list of conditions that allow people to get medical clearance for pot.

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