Costs keeping some from benefits of medical marijuana

Maria and Massi Belkadi spend up to $110 a month for their son’s medical marijuana.

The Mount Carmel couple might have to increase the strain they use, which could double that cost, plus pay the $200 for the doctor’s visit and $50 to renew Maria’s marijuana caregiver card.

“You have to recertify every year, and insurance covers nothing,” Maria Belkadi said.

Because she obtains the drug as caretaker for her son, Marksen, she had to undergo a background check and get fingerprinted, then wait for more than a month for the background check to go through. It’s $50 a year for the card.

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