Oregon proposes fee hike for medical marijuana growers

The fee would go from $50 to $200

Cedar Grey, president of the Oregon SunGrown Growers' Guild, shows off a female flower on a medical marijuana plant in his garden in Williams, Ore., on June 25, 2015. (AP Photo/Jeff Barnard)
Cedar Grey, president of the Oregon SunGrown Growers' Guild, shows off a female flower on a medical marijuana plant in his garden in Williams, Ore., on June 25, 2015. (AP Photo/Jeff Barnard)

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Health Authority is considering charging medical marijuana growers $200 a year for each patient they serve.

That’s a significant hike from the current fee of $50 per patient.

Oregon law allows medical marijuana growers to grow cannabis for up to four patients.

The Oregonian reports that people who grow only for themselves would not be subject to the higher fee.

State officials estimate the fee hike would boost revenue from $1.3 million to $5.2 million during the current two-year budget cycle.

Recent state laws expanded the health authority’s oversight of production and processing. The higher fee is intended to cover the additional cost of more stringent oversight.

The changes would not increase the fee for a medical marijuana card, which is currently $200. The recreational marijuana system is unaffected.

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