State might reduce marijuana patient-registration fee

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment might reduce its medical marijuana registration fee.

The department is considering dropping the fee from $90 to $35, a move that would more accurately reflect the direct and indirect costs associated with managing the registry.

In summary, the department assumes that 120,000 people will apply to the registry each year, with 20 percent claiming indigent status. The fee will be waived for those people making 185 percent or less of the federal poverty level.

That means, according to data from the department, that 96,000 people will pay the fee. Since the program is expected to cost $3.3 million a year to run, that equals about $35.08 per applicant.

The department is asking for public comment about the proposal, through July 29. To send comments, click here.