A New York medical marijuana company plans to offer discounts to repeat customers, according to a Jan. 29, 2017, article in the Times Union of Albany, N.Y.
With four dispensaries statewide, Etain is one of five medical marijuana providers in the state. The company will begin a tiered system of discounts starting Jan. 31, 2017.
For each $100 spent, up to $400, customers will receive a $5 discount. After that, customers will receive a $10 discount for each $100 up to $1,000. Customers who spend $1,000 or more will receive a $15 discount per $100.
“It’s necessary to provide access to patients first,” Hillary Peckham, chief operating office for Etain, said. “If we can find more ways for patients to afford the medication, then more people can access the program.”
The discounts could help medical marijuana patients like Kevin Hernandez, a leg amputee with phantom pain. His sister, Christine Hernandez, said he pays $400-$500 per month for medical marijuana.
“When I went for him, I was like, wow, this is a lot of money in comparison to a $10 co-pay for OxyContin or whatever else he was on at the time,” Christine Hernandez said.