A judge has rebuffed efforts by medical marijuana users to force the state to reduce the fees it charges patients.
In fact, documents obtained by Capitol Media Services show that just this fiscal year, which began in June, the agency has taken in more than $19.9 million. By contrast, expenses in the same period total less than $7.8 million.
And the balance in the fund, which rolls over from year to year, now exceeds $31.5 million.
But Gentry said the only thing spelled out in the 2010 voter-approved Arizona Medical Marijuana Act is that the health department must collect sufficient fees to cover the costs of the program. There is nothing in the law that prohibits it from taking in more than needed.
More to the point, the judge said the lawsuit essentially asks her to reset the fees at a more reasonable level. And that, Gentry said, is something that courts are in no position to do.
Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Jo Lynn Gentry https://superiorcourt.maricopa.gov/JudicialBiographies/Judges/judicialBio.asp?jdgID=194&jdgUSID=5602