Pot cards could get cheaper for the poor

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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.

4 Responses to Pot cards could get cheaper for the poor

  1. Absolutely anybody can get one of the cards just by claiming a need. Hey, if the state needs the money they should raise the cost of entry. Pot heads will always come up with the money. Why are they in poverty? Because they spent too much time getting high. I have people trying to work from me at the lowest end of the job spectrum and they don’t have a license and can’t keep work because they readily admit that they like getting high every night. They just love Colorado. Funny, they can’t keep a regular job but they all get enough money together to get their card.

    This is all so much BULLxxxx. Travel along Fillmore and Nevada and you will see a bunch of these so-called dispensaries. Let’s see if only about 5% of sick people need hard drugs to cope with the pain and only about 3% of those find that drugs don’t help, then that doesn’t seem like enough left over in the whole state to support just the stores on Nevada and Fillmore, let alone the one across the street from UCCS and all the others around town.

    What a racket! And it is all in violation of federal law.

    jocko
    October 20, 2010 at 10:25 am

  2. ~ Jocko

    Who are we to determine the validity of these medicinal users? Do these users need to disclose their use to employers? Can they be held accountable for their actions if high and fired? It seems like a poor use of government resoureces. Society continues its downward spiral as pundits call for more ‘freedoms’, equity, and government. Slowly we have shackled ourselves with the weight of government excess, a distorted perception of equality, and near lawlessness. The depravity of man and his desire to debase himself continues with fewer and fewer obstacles.

    Jonathan
    October 20, 2010 at 11:44 am

  3. I agree with Jocko – I had similar thoughts before reading his post. This is ridiculous, absurd, doesn’t even fit into my common sense thinking!!!

    I mean this will include people who will gladly pay less to get high. Wouldn’t this be the same as giving a discount to the people who make 200% of Federal poverty level a discount at the corner liquor store? What a concept. I already believe there are way more pot shops around than truly sick people.

    So you cut back on the services offered to all residents at public parks and programs but now you want to make it easier for people to get high. This baffles me beyond anything close to normalcy.

    Jimmy L
    October 20, 2010 at 12:29 pm

  4. They should be absolutely accountable for their actions if high. I would fire someone for this before I would drinking if only because it is illegal. Just as the Colorado law is illegal and would fail if challenged before the Supreme Court.

    As for determining the validity of these alleged medicinal users – you are absurb to rationalize that there are that many ‘medicinal users’ in this town.

    Also, tests have shown the derivative substitutes work just as well on pain but of course, they lack the high. So, this is more about the high than the medical use.

    If you get a chance to talk to some of these alleged medicinal users, you find that the whole process of getting a card is a huge joke in this subculture. You pay your fee and you say nothing works for you and you get your card. Government is happy because now they got their fee and their taxes and that’s the end of their responsibility – until they ‘discover’ that habitual users can’t keep a job and are all applying for the poverty rate on their card. Pretty soon some sap is going to say that they shouldn’t be paying all those taxes because they are poor and they need their ‘medicine’.

    I live with pain every day and know that alcohol can alleviate it but I also know that alcohol can be abused as well as the painkillers can. As for the alleged relief of weed, I will never know because I live what I believe.

    Shame on the government and shame on the people of Colorado that enacted this stupidity. I bet if the demographic of that vote was ever tallied, you would find that Boulder county and Denver overwhelmed the rest of the state’s common sense vote.

    jocko
    October 20, 2010 at 2:34 pm