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Marijuana program a windfall for Mich. government

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Medical marijuana is turning out to be a windfall for Michigan state government.

A report says nearly $10 million in revenue was collected from applicants - more than double the cost of running the program. The report covers the state's last budget year, which ended on Sept. 30.

A medical marijuana application costs $100. Caregivers who grow marijuana for people also pay a fee.

The report shows the number of registered marijuana users was up 44% in Muskegon County last fall compared to the previous 12-month period. Kent and Ottawa counties were up at least 20%.

In Michigan's southwestern corner, the number of registered marijuana users was up 56% in Cass County and 37% in Berrien County.

Voters in 2008 approved marijuana for some health problems.

2011-12 report: http://1.usa.gov/XnVPJC

2010-11 report: http://1.usa.gov/11V9fj0

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