I have to pay the state $75 every year to renew my medical marijuana card

It feels like I’m incurring more and more expenses all of the time.

  • I have health problems and I take daily medications.

As a result, I’m also in and out of the doctor’s office all of the time. Both my prescription and my physician copays have gone up in price over the last year. And since people are driving again forcing a gasoline shortage, gas prices have been increasing since early last fall. That was months before the presidential election, but don’t let dates and basic math muddy what you hear from partisan political hacks. I’m glad that we’re all working more, but that doesn’t mean that I’m doing any better financially. If I could work more and make more money, I would. Unfortunately, it’s hard with my chronic health problems. I like that I have access to medical marijuana now, but it’s not cheap staying in the state program. I have to pay appointment fees with the pot doctor twice a year, usually totalling $300 for 12 months. Aside from the money I’m charged by the marijuana physician, the state Department of Health makes all of the medical marijuana patients pay a $75 fee once a year to renew our marijuana card. They send us a new one in the mail after we make the payments on the state’s website. Paying $375 every year just to have legal access to cannabis isn’t fun, but it’s better than being left to wander the black market aimlessly without knowing exactly what is inside your products. That’s how those people died from vaping products a few years ago. The producers of those black market THC vape cartridges were cutting watered down hash oil with vitamin e acetate to make it look as thick as pure oil.

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