Medical marijuana users sue to cut costs

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It's time for the state to cuts costs and stop hoarding marijuana money. 

That's what a pair of medical marijuana users is demanding in a lawsuit filed against the state. 

Yolanda Daniels and Lisa Becker say the state is charging too much to for the registration cards. 

The annual costs run between $150 and $200. 

Becker, who suffers from a painful autoimmune disease, says she can't afford it. 

She was diagnosed six years ago and is on disability. 

And when it's time to renew her marijuana card, she says she forced to make tough decision about her health. 

"I live hand to mouth and the decision to renew my card meant making a decision to eat less that month," he said 

Becker's attorney points to a surplus of cash at the Department of Health Services as proof the state is overcharging. 

Steve Smith says the state has more than $11 million in an account from registration fees. 

He also suspects that anti-pot leaders at the Capitol are intentionally charging a high amount. 

"It is not also a surprise to anyone in the state of Arizona that there is pressure to ensure that the program doesn't  work as intended," Smith said. 

The attorney general has filed a motion to dismiss the case. 

It says the state clearly has the authority to set the prices. 

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