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Arizona SB1420 Offers Relief to Card-Carrying Patients

The Arizona Senate has diligently been working on SB1420. If passed by the legislature, this new law will ensure the cannabis sold is safer for consumption and patients that need cannabis can afford it. This is a huge relief for the medical marijuana community. Proponents of the legislation say the high price of medical marijuana cards has limited the number of patients that can afford to legally treat their conditions. In addition, the law passed in 2010 did not include any safety standards for cannabis and cannabis products. While the bill is a long way from becoming a law, the ideas it offers show just how far Arizona’s legislature has come since passing the program.

State Policy
In the current program, patients who are eighteen years old can apply for a medical marijuana card. One simply takes the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) Medical Marijuana Physician Certification form to the doctor. If the patient has one of the qualifying conditions that medical marijuana would be a suitable treatment for, the physician may fill out the certification form. Then, the patient submits online the ADHS Certification form, the registry identification card application, the ADHS Medical Marijuana Patient Attestation form, a current photo, a copy of a current ID, a copy of SNAP program participation, and the card fee.

If the applicant does not have a physician or his/her doctor does not prescribe marijuana treatment, the individual can go to another doctor like the ones in Green Dream Doctors cheap medical marijuana certification. They will evaluate the individual and fill out the ADHS certification form.

Proposed Fee Changes
The current card fee for individuals is $150. Those with proof of participation in the SNAP program may pay a reduced fee of $75. The card fee is not unreasonable. The problem is the medical marijuana card must be renewed yearly. For a renewal, the cardholder must resubmit the forms required for a medical marijuana card. That means paying for the physician to recertify the individual’s condition in addition to paying the card renewal fee.

For some cardholders, that puts the cost for a medical marijuana card out of reach, forcing patients to go without the relief found in marijuana treatment. The changes found in SB1420 would vastly lower the card fee. The rate for new applicants would be changed to $50, and renewals would be lowered to $25 a year. This would make medical marijuana a treatment possibility for a greater percent of the population.

Obstacles to Passing
The opposition to SB1420 feel that the fee changes to the state’s medical marijuana program would cost more than proponents realize. According to the Arizona Joint Legislative Budget Committee, the program will cost the state $16,926,100 in 2018. At the current fee of $150, that is approximately 112,841 new applicants and renewals in order to break even. The changes would mean a minimum of 338,522 new members or 677,044 renewals. Currently, the program has 147,237 individuals and caregivers. The state may not be equipped (i.e. administration, police, laboratories, dispensaries, etc.) to handle that kind of growth in program participation.

Safer Cannabis
One of the other changes is an inclusion of state standards for cannabis. Currently under the 2010 legislation, there are none. SB1420 would allow the Department of Health Services to establish quality standards. To enforce them, the ADHS would perform on-site inspections of marijuana dispensaries and caregiver cultivation areas. The ADHS would also require testing of cannabis and cannabis products for pesticides, heavy metals, chemicals, mold, and other contaminants. This would catch potentially dangerous edibles, oils, vapes, and plants before they reach consumers.

Additional Program Expenses
In order to cover the costs of the inspections and testing, the Arizona Joint Legislative Budget Committee added an additional $2,000,000 to the Medical Marijuana Program’s Budget. This would be paid to the Department of Agriculture to certify testing labs and oversee the testing of cannabis and cannabis products. The apportionment to the Department of Agriculture would raise the program’s budget to $18,926,100. Under the current rate, it would require an increase of 13,334 program participants. The proposed $50/$25 fees would require an additional 40,000 new applicants or 80,000 renewals.

Consumer Cost Reductions
While waiting to see if the Arizona Legislature will go through with the bill, patients in need of medical marijuana treatment can find other ways of reducing the costs of obtaining a card. Unless the patient is on the SNAP program, there is not a way of reducing the actual card fee. However, program participants can look for doctors and treatment programs that offer cheaper rates, like Green Dream Doctors cheap medical marijuana certification.

The benefit of using this type of certification center is the application fee may be included with physician and administrative costs. Green Dream Doctors cheap medical marijuana certification program walks you through each step of the application process. The program helps patients fill out the online application and uploads their documents on the same day as their appointment.

For more information on affordably obtaining a medical marijuana card, contact Green Dream Doctors in person at 3001 W Indian School Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85017, or call 602-910-9628

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Get Your MMJ Green Card with Green Dream Doctors

Its the best medical marijuana pot doctor to get your certification from

Are you curious about medical marijuana? Are you wondering how you can become an MMJ patient and how to qualify for your medical marijuana green card? Are you looking for an evaluation service you can trust?

No worries, we’ve got you covered.

At Green Dream Doctors, we are your one-stop shop for all your medical marijuana needs. We are the best medical marijuana certification clinic in Phoenix, Arizona. Our team of experienced and knowledgeable doctors and physicians are compassionate, caring, and eager to help you with your medical situation.

We know just how daunting it can be trying to get your MMJ green card, especially if you’re a first-timer. This is why we take the time to explain the process in detail to you, and then help you through it. Our team of trusted physicians know exactly what they need to do to help you through the process and get you where you need to be with as few bumps in the road as possible.

Want to know more about the medical marijuana certification process? Here is a short step-by-step guide to show you the qualification process works.

How to Become an MMJ Patient

1.         Gather Medical Records

In order to get your MMJ card, you need to have medical records that show you have a medical condition that qualifies you for the card. Don’t have any records? We might be able to help. Give us a call (602) 910 9628 and we’ll see how we can help.

2.         See One of Our Physicians

The next step in the process is to see one of our physicians. They will examine you in a friendly and comfortable atmosphere and help make sure that your condition will qualify. If for some reason you end up not qualifying for the medical marijuana green card at the end of the process, you will not be charged for this visit.

3.         Patient Application Upload

The same day as your evaluation with the physician, we will upload your application to be processed by the Arizona Department of Health Services. We upload the application for you for free and help you monitor where your application is in the process. Once your application is approved you should receive your card in the mail.

In addition to helping you qualify for your MMJ green card, we also do renewals. If you’ve already been through the process and know the drill, we can easily help you with your renewal so you won’t have to stress. We also have a variety of coupons that on our website that you can get special deals from.

Experienced and compassionate physicians, services that won’t break the bank, and a knowledgeable staff of professionals that are eager and ready to help: what more could you ask from a medical marijuana certification clinic?

If you have any other questions on how to become a medical marijuana patient, please feel free to let us know. We’ll see what we can do to help. Schedule your appointment today! Greendreamdoctors@gmail.com

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New Rehabilitation Center in Arizona Uses Marijuana to Help Patients Get Off Opioid Painkillers

A new rehabilitation center in Scottsdale, Arizona is starting to use marijuana as part of its treatment plan for people who are addicted to opioid painkillers. According to ABC15 TV news, which broke the story, Blue Door Therapeutics is believed to be the first medical clinic in the world, and possibly the only one as well, to combine herbal treatment using marijuana with traditional allopathic treatment methods to help patients detox from opioid painkillers.

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Judges Denies Arizona Patients’ Latest Request to Reduce Medical Marijuana Fees

A judge in Arizona has turned down the most recent request by medical marijuana patients in the state to reduce the steep $150 fee the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) charges annually for a valid medical marijuana card.

In a May report by Howard Fischer of Capitol Media Services, it was revealed that, in the last fiscal year, which ends in June, the agency took in fees totaling $19.9 million, while operating expenses for the program over that term totaled under $7.8 million. That puts the fund’s balance at over $31 million going into the next fiscal year. That would essentially equate to over three years of operating expenses covered without the need for taking in any new fees.

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Arizona Attorneys Scramble for Clarity Amid Workplace Medical Marijuana Concerns

Attorneys in Arizona are finding that, despite the state’s legalization of marijuana for medical use, there is still great uncertainty and a lack of clarity when it comes to medical cannabis in the workplace. The conclusion most have drawn, according to an ABC15 news report, is that there are no objective, definitive rules for employers regarding their employees using medical marijuana in the workplace or being under the influence of medical marijuana while at work. Rather, these determinations are still subjective and based mostly on the type of work being performed.

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Medical Marijuana Now Legal on Arizona College Campuses

Despite that the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act (AMMA) permits legal medical marijuana use in the state, it still forbids possession of marijuana in prisons, schools and on school buses. As originally written in 2010 when voters approved the law, it said nothing about prohibitions against possession of medical marijuana on university and college campuses. When, in 2012, Arizona lawmakers added college and university campuses to the list of places where marijuana would remain prohibited, a legal battle ensued. In early April of 2017, in the latest decision in this battle, an appeals court overturned this addition to the law. In the court’s decision, it determined that lawmakers could not amend the law in this manner because doing so would not “further the purpose” of the law as voters originally approved it.

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Medical Marijuana Prices at Arizona Dispensaries Finally Lowering

Medical marijuana prices in Arizona have finally started to drop, after the recent failure of Proposition 205 to legalize marijuana for all adult use, including recreational, and a simultaneous proliferation of medical cannabis growers and dispensaries throughout the state. If Proposition 205 had passed, the number of prospective consumers for the marijuana industry would presumably skyrocket, maintaining high prices as long as demand outpaced production and availability. But, in the face of the proposition’s defeat, the recent combination of increased competition, cultivation and consolidation of dispensary license-holders has finally started driving medical marijuana prices down in the state.

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