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Head Count Released on Arizona Medical Marijuana

January 20
23:36 2014

If you’re curious how the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act (AMMA) fared last year, the Arizona Department of Health released their medical marijuana annual report this week, including a head count of cardholders and revenue generated.

The Numbers

From January 1, 2013 through December 31, 2013:

  • Medical Marijuana BalesThe Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) received over 46,501 qualifying patient applications, 1581 caregiver applications and 1324 dispensary applications
  • The ADHS issued cards to 43,148 qualifying patients, 554 designated caregivers and 973 dispensary agents
  • 33 cards were revoked, including caregivers with multiple cards
  • The average age of qualifying patients is just under 44 years old
  • Approximately 70% of qualifying patients are male, 30% are female
  • 71 non-profit dispensaries were opened and operated
  • Over 73% of patients listed “severe and chronic pain” as their debilitating medical conditions
  • During the year, there were over 422,000 transactions to nearly 40,000 cardholders,
  • Nearly 3 tons of medical marijuana was sold through Arizona dispensaries
  • The estimated dispensary price of $350/ounce resulted in approximately $33 million in annual revenue
  • Currently, over 96% of Arizonans, and 100% of Page residents, are within 25 miles of an operating medical marijuana dispensary

Qualifying Conditions

Medical conditions recognized by the AMMA include cancer, hepatitis C, cachexia, seizures, glaucoma, sclerosis, Alzheimers, severe and chronic pain, muscle spasms, HIV/AIDs, Crohn’s disease and nausea.

A public hearing about petitions filed to add three more medical conditions, including post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and migraine, was held on October 29, 2013. The conditions were not approved due to “the lack of published data regarding the risks and benefits of using Cannabis to treat or provide relief for the petitioned conditions.”

Petitions will again be accepted from January 27 – 31, 2014. The AMMA requires officials to periodically review petitions to add new medical conditions to the list that qualifies individuals for a card.

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