First, only those who have certain medical conditions are able to use the medical marijuana. These conditions include cancer, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, Tourette syndrome, ALS, seizures, severe and persistent muscle spasms, Crohn's disease, terminal illness – with a life expectancy of less than a year. It is also important to note that cancer patients are only able to have the medication if they also suffer chronic pain, nausea, wasting, and severe vomiting.
When registering, patients will have to pay a $200 fee. Those who are on government assistance programs have the fee reduced to $50, but it's still quite a sum for many people who are struggling. The actual medical marijuana can cost between $300 and $500 a month. The cost is high because they don't allow marijuana that can be smoked.
It goes through processing to the aforementioned pill or liquid form, and this makes it cost more. In addition, there are only eight dispensaries throughout the state. They certainly aren't making it easy for people to get the help they need, and that's a shame. It's a step in the right direction, but it is a very small step. Here's hoping that they will update the laws in the coming years to make it more accessible to those who need it.