Marijuana Program Nets Millions for Michigan

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
A report says nearly $10 million in revenue was collected from medical marijuana applicants -- more than double the cost of running the program.

FILE - In this Oct. 10, 2012 file photo, marijuana is weighed and packaged for sale at the Northwest Patient Resource Center medical marijuana dispensary in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Medical marijuana is turning out to be a windfall for Michigan state government.
A report says nearly $10 million in revenue was collected from applicants -- more than double the cost of running the program. The report covers the state's last budget year, which ended on Sept. 30.
A medical marijuana application costs $100. Caregivers who grow marijuana for people also pay a fee.
The report shows the number of registered marijuana users was up 44 percent in Muskegon County last fall compared to the previous 12-month period. Kent and Ottawa counties were up at least 20 percent.
In Michigan's southwestern corner, the number of registered marijuana users was up 56 percent in Cass County and 37 percent in Berrien County.
Voters in 2008 approved marijuana for some health problems.
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2011-12 report: http://1.usa.gov/XnVPJC
2010-11 report: http://1.usa.gov/11V9fj0


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  • by BETTERname Location: snowville on Feb 7, 2013 at 01:37 PM
    if you’re referring to a possible fee set forth by illegal dispensaries, that fee, in fact, is not paid to the state nor is it required by the act. Get YOUR facts straight before you post and brush up on your reading materials (i.e.: the act and rules available on the state website.) Please and thank you! =D
  • by Melissa Location: Lansing on Feb 7, 2013 at 01:27 PM
    Trust me, I have my facts straight. My comment was that the caregivers DO NOT pay an additional fee to the State! What they pay for to grow the plants is not in question. So next time read the post before you slam my post. I am making sure people understand that the STATE is not adding fees for the caregivers.
  • by Name Location: Location on Feb 6, 2013 at 12:54 PM
    Caregivers do in fact pay a fee, just not an additional fee on top of the original application fee. Please get your facts straight before you post. Also this is an awesome study and I'm glad it is getting attention. It's funny how conservatives are anti-big government, unless it's about drugs. And they're pro-small business, unless it's a dispensary. Make up your minds! Either there's a free market or there isn't.
  • by Kim Location: jackson on Feb 6, 2013 at 12:39 PM
    What are they doing with this extra money?? I would love to know that.
  • by Melissa Location: Lansing on Feb 6, 2013 at 09:18 AM
    Caregivers DO NOT pay an additional fee to the State.
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