Draft rules on medical marijuana out for comment

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By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver

PHOENIX (AP) -- Proposed draft rules for Arizona's medical marijuana program are out for public comment.

The state Department of Health Services says the draft rules include court-ordered proposed changes on regulations for licensing of dispensaries but also proposed changes in rules involving patients and caregivers.

The proposed changes include reducing fees for several categories of patients, including ones who are 65 or older or under 18 years of age. Other reductions are envisioned for veterans and patients who receive hospice service and some forms of public assistance.

The latest proposed rules change previous drafts released earlier this year. The department says it plans to have the revised rules take effect next summer.

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