The San Jose Spotlight reports…..

Santa Clara County Supervisor Dave Cortese wants to make obtaining medical marijuana products more accessible by waiving the $100 renewal fee on ID cards.

Cortese said the fee is “pretty arbitrary” and was set by the Board of Supervisors based on a recommendation from the administration when the State Senate bill that established the card system, SB No. 420, was passed. The board on Aug. 11 unanimously approved a referral for a report on the financial impact the decision would have on the county.

“In this case, the problem I’m trying to address is we’ve kind of created a system where it’s as if we’re putting an indirect tax on prescriptions,” Cortese said. Medical marijuana patients in the South Bay pay as much as 25% in taxes on prescribed cannabis products under state law.

A small portion of the county population actually holds medical marijuana ID cards, which are voluntary. In 2020, it was about 50 (although no appointments were taken in April, May or June due to the coronavirus pandemic) and in 2019 there were about 185, according to the county Department of Public Health.

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