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Arizona Medical Marijuana Patients Make Up 3% of State’s Total Population

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Arizona’s medical marijuana program added approximately 34,000 patients in 2019, an 18% increase over 2018.

Nearly 3% of the state’s total population now comprises of medical marijuana patients, which is one of the highest patient-to-non-patient percentages in the nation, Mjbizdaily reported.

Medical marijuana sales in Arizona also grew. Dispensaries sold a record 166,000 pounds of medical marijuana in 2019, a 34% increase from 124,000 pounds in 2018.

Noteworthy data in Arizona:

  • Approximately 50% of patients are under 40
  • Approximately 60% of patients are male
  • 90% of patients have chronic pain as their qualifying medical condition
  • Fewer than 120 licensed dispensaries are operating

A ballot initiative in Arizona to legalize recreational cannabis use for adults will likely go before voters in Nov 2020.

 

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