Iowa Senators Approve Bill To Slash Medical Marijuana Patient And Provider Fees

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“It’s pretty ridiculous that you could go to a casino a heck of a lot easier that you could go to a medical dispensary for cannabis.” By Kathie Obradovich, Iowa Capital Dispatch Iowans would have to pay only $10 every two years for a medical cannabis card that now costs $100 per year under a bill advancing in the Iowa Senate. However, lawmakers on a Senate subcommittee agreed Thursday the fees, along with other parts of the bill, may need changes in order to make sure the program continues to cover the costs of state administration and testing. Representatives of the Iowa Department of Public Health and University of Iowa, which operate the State Hygienic Lab, raised concerns that the cut in fees would leave them without enough revenue to pay for operating the program. Senate Study Bill 1177 would slash fees paid by the manufacturers of medical cannabis to $2,000 a year and create an income tax deduction for business expenses associated with manufacturing or dispensing medical cannabis. Sales taxes from medical cannabis would be diverted to pay for state administration and testing. Dane Schumann of MedPharm Iowa, a medical cannabis manufacturing and dispensary operator, said manufacturers have paid “well over a half million” dollars in fees to the Iowa Department of Public Health since the program’s inception and that dispensaries have paid a similar amount. “The fees, the annual fees that manufacturers and dispensaries pay to the department, are really pretty steep,” he said. Because of the way the program is constituted in Iowa, he said, “it’s really important that we can keep our overhead costs down to the extent possible, in order to ensure the program’s survival.” The Iowa Legislature expanded some aspects of the medical cannabis program, which is limited to cannabidiol, last year, but not…

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