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Arizona Senate Approves Legislation to Reduce Medical Marijuana Card Costs

ARIZONA – The Arizona Senate approved legislation last Thursday that could substantially alter the expenses and availability of medical marijuana cards, particularly for veterans, according to AZ Central.

Under Senate Bill 1466, the cost of a medicinal marijuana card would decrease from $150 for both the initial issuance and renewal every two years to $50. The proposed legislation also includes a provision for veterans to receive the card for free.

The legislation encompasses Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), a common affliction among veterans, as well as Autism Spectrum Disorder, as qualifying medical conditions for obtaining a medicinal marijuana card.

“We felt it was really important to provide the veterans in the state access to medical marijuana as they see needed. And, in addition to that, with the change in medical conditions to include post-traumatic stress disorder, we just thought that this now is the right time to make sure that the access becomes even more available,” said Executive Director of the Arizona Dispensaries Association, Ann Torrez.

Furthermore, medicinal marijuana product packaging will necessitate the presence of a QR code that contains crucial information about the product, such as health warnings and a poison control hotline number.

The bill will need to pass through the House of Representatives before being presented to Governor Katie Hobbs (D) for consideration.

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