State proposes hike in fees for medical marijuana growers

Brett Levin / CC BY 2.0

PORTLAND, Ore. (KTVL/AP) -- The Oregon Health Authority is considering charging medical marijuana growers $200 a year for each patient they serve.

That's a significant hike from the current fee of $50 per patient.

Oregon law allows medical marijuana growers to grow cannabis for up to four patients.

The manager at "Talent Health Club" believes the proposal is the State's way of blurring the division between medical and recreational marijuana.

"I am worried that people who need medical marijuana/cannabis for their health will be forced to pay a higher fee for something they should have access too," said Andrew Robinson.

The Oregonian reports that people who grow only for themselves would not be subject to the higher fee.

State officials estimate the fee hike would boost revenue from $1.3 million to $5.2 million during the current two-year budget cycle.

Recent state laws expanded the health authority's oversight of production and processing. The higher fee is intended to cover the additional cost of more stringent oversight.

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