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    Medijuana.Inc2010
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    WTF ??? Discounted disabled MMJ Card fees discontinued !!

    anyone else heard that Lara has discontinued the discount for disabled patients fee ?? I was told this morning that all applications MUST pay $100.00. I will call this morning to verify this !


    RULE. CHANGE as of APRIL 1
    APPLICATIONS and RENEWALS. For:
    Full Medicaid,Social Security Disability, Supplemental Security Income
    There are no longer ANY REDUCED FEES. All Patients MUST Pay. $100.00


    ... I talked to a person from Michigan Medical Marihuana Registry this morning , about my renewal taking so long. They told me I would be getting a special letter in about a month, telling me the price has changed. I have to wait for this special paper work,copy all my paperwork I sent in before, fill out the new paperwork. IT should take 2-3 months before I get a new mmj card back in my hands.

    She said from now on people should send in the $100.00 right away, to avoid the long delay and repeat paperwork !

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    Medijuana.Inc2010
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    Just called Lara & WTF iit is TRUE !!!!

    Disability is NO LONGER a discounted fee with Lara, You must pay the $100.00 fee, just talked with them on the phone.
    SSI & Medicaid are still under a discounted fee $25.00, but disability is NOT !!

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    Medijuana.Inc2010
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    Please everyone call & bitch !!

    517-373-0395

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    Got a whiff of this yesterday and yep it is true . Those dirty fucks rescinded the reduced fee for disable patients . They are trying to frustrate us so we all back total legalization and then we will give up our rights to grow for ourselves. They are setting us up, herding us if you will. I wonder what brilliant panel of ass holes secretly changed the fee for the disabled?

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    Medijuana.Inc2010
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    getting ready for the kill !!

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    It’s Now More Difficult For The Disabled To Enroll In The Michigan Medical Marijuana Program









    Posted by Rick Thompson at 7:40 AM on June 13, 2013



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    medical marijuana michigan rules disabled discount


    LANSING- In an unannounced policy change, the Licensing and Regulatory Affairs Department has made it more difficult for the disabled to enroll in the state Medical Marihuana Program (MMP) by removing a discounted registration rate that had existed for five years.
    The change was not announced via press release or through letters sent to discount recipients. Patients and caregivers reported seeing a new chart on LARA’s website to operators of certification centers and other related businesses. The chart is called “Supporting documentation for reduced fee eligibility” and indicates that it was revised on 6/2013. Disability is now listed as ‘not eligible’ for a discounted rate; the registration fee is normally $100 and the discounted rate is $25.
    View the new chart HERE.
    “It seems really unfair to do that without a public hearing,” said Matthew Abel, an attorney with the firm of Cannabis Counsel and the current Executive Director of Michigan NORML.
    This is the second time LARA has changed longstanding policy under new head Steve Arwood, appointed by Governor Snyder earlier this year. Soon after his appointment Arwood bounced MMP head Celeste Clarkston and disbanded the New Conditions Panel of mostly physicians that endorsed adding Parkinson’s Disease and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder to the list of conditions qualifying a person to receive a recommendation to use medicinal marijuana. He then discarded their recommendations and has announced he will compose his own advisory board of physicians.
    The panel was assembled with much fanfare in 2012, after a four year delay, had met several times and proposed to consider two new conditions to the list, asthma and autism. Clarkston reported in media during 2012 about the careful and precise composition of the Panel during its formation; Arwood’s reason for dismissing the Panel is that the membership was not appropriate. Also gone is longtime member of the MMP staff Rae Ramsdell, leaving the MMP leaderless and being steered by Arwood.
    Read the MMP’s Administrative Rules HERE.
    Arwood is systematically applying a new, more restrictive reading to existing administrative rules. “What LARA is doing right now is changing the rules without any oversight,” said Abel. The disability discount has been in place since the very first applicants dropped off their paperwork to the Department of Community Health in April of 2009. A patient could have filed their original application and four renewal applications- all of which were approved- only to now be told that it was all a mistake.
    “What bothers people the most is they are changing the rules without any input or discretion,” said Bob Redden, whose criminal case stretched out over more than 1,500 days in the Oakland County court system and is now a frequent observer at many marijuana trials and hearings. Redden is a veteran who walks with a cane. “Look what they did to the New Conditions Panel. They decided to change the rules midstream,” he adds.
    “Who are they taking their orders from?”
    When queried about the changes, a telephone operator at LARA stated management told them the discount was not allowed under current Administrative Rules and that her supervisor Mrs. Williams was handling complaints about the change. She also said the Rules were going to undergo a complete overhaul in the near future. The change also affects those collecting Medicare and Medicaid- now only those receiving FULL Medicaid (not Medicare) will be able to claim the discount.
    Redden sums up the frustration of an entire community when he says, “Does the will of the people mean anything at all?”
    LARA’s representative stated the new rule went into effect for all applications received after May 29, 2013.

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    Quote Originally Posted by roofratMI View Post
    Got a whiff of this yesterday and yep it is true . Those dirty fucks rescinded the reduced fee for disable patients . They are trying to frustrate us so we all back total legalization and then we will give up our rights to grow for ourselves. They are setting us up, herding us if you will. I wonder what brilliant panel of ass holes secretly changed the fee for the disabled?
    But the new cards are good for 2 years? I was paying $25.00 per year for the first two years so I gave them $50.00 so far. It's going to be double that IF the cards are good for 2 years. People on disability are the ones who can afford it the least but at least we still are legal. What the State of Michigan has been doing has been totally illegal, in many ways.

    edit; to answer my own question, this is from the Lara website;

    (e) The department shall issue registry identification cards within 5 business days of approving an application or
    renewal, which shall expire 2 years after the date of issuance.
    Last edited by Bruce; 06-14-2013 at 08:44 PM.

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