Attorney General Jeff Sessions rolled back an Obama-era policy that allowed legal marijuana to thrive without federal intervention.
The move effectively unleashes federal prosecutors to consider bringing marijuana cases, while stopping short of ordering them to do so.
The Obama administration back in 2013 announced via a memo from then-Deputy Attorney General James Cole that it would not obstruct states that legalized marijuana, on the condition the drug was regulated so as not to hinder key federal enforcement priorities. This included preventing the drug from being distributed to minors, preventing its movement to other states, and preventing it from being used as a cover for the trafficking of other drugs.
The Department of Justice announced that it had rescinded that memo, as well as related guidance from 2009.
After looking into the cost of medical marijuana for people who qualify and would benefit from it, the thought that runs through our head is: “If you’re sick, you can’t afford it.” Here’s what we found out about the whole 9-yards.
Buying medical marijuana is strictly a cash business. No insurance company will cover the cost and they don’t have to because cannabis is still prohibited at a Federal level. The cost is very high (no pun intended) to obtain a medical marijuana card, or MMJ card.
Here’s how it basically works:
You obtain an appointment to see a doctor who can make a recommendation for you to get a MMJ card. The Average Cost to visit a Certified Prescribing Doctor is $175-$299 for the initial visit and $100-$250 for the follow up visit. Under Florida law patients must be seen at minimum of once every 210 days, or at least once every 30 weeks. But a doctor can shorten the life of you’re card. Which means you see them more times a year.
If the doctor agrees that you qualify for a MMJ card, then you apply at the Compassionate Use Registry. All applications must be submitted to the Office of Compassionate Use and must include a full-face, passport-type color photograph taken within 90 day, and a registration fee of $75. Compassionate Use Registry identification cards remain active for one year.
The staggering cost of medical marijuana: