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Arizona medical marijuana makes too much money

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PHOENIX (KSAZ) - Arizona's medical marijuana program may actually be too successful, but that could be good news for cardholders.

The Arizona Department of Health Services will unveil draft rules on Wednesday which will include discounts on medical marijuana cards for several groups.

The reason for this is a problem most people would like to have: the program makes more money than it needs.

Arizona's voter approved medical marijuana program currently has about 50,000 participants.

Between those patients and the dispensaries that sell pot, the program is bringing in $9 million.

Regulations don't allow they department to keep any overage in the amount brought in, so an idea being floated around is a discount on cards.

Right now, cards cost $150.

Low income earners can get a 50 percent discount, but Health Services Director Will Humble says they're now considering making more people eligible for discounts.

"We're exploring adding seniors, anyone over 65, veterans and then folks receiving SSDI, any of those category of government assistance," said Humble.

Humble says adding those groups would give about 40 percent of medical marijuana users a discount on their cards.

The Arizona Department of Health Services will be taking public comment and holding hearings through out the summer.

Humble says if the changes are made the new rates will probably go in effect near the end of this year or early 2015.

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