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Arizona Medical Marijuana Sales Tripled In 2014

Arizona medical Marijuana sb 1440 dispensariesThe medical marijuana industry is booming in states that allow sales of medical marijuana, especially in Arizona. The numbers are in for 2014, and it’s clear that Arizona’s medical marijuana industry had it’s biggest year to date. Sales of medical marijuana in Arizona tripled last year. Per the Arizona Daily Star:

The Arizona Department of Health Services says dispensaries sold more than nine metric tons (about 10 U.S. tons) of marijuana in 2014 for an estimated gross revenue of about $110 million.

There were 1.4 million individual sales in 2014 (among the 55,000 patients), with an average of 26 transactions per patient per year, state health director Will Humble wrote in a recent blog.

The average patient bought 166 grams of marijuana in 2014. Humble says that’s an average of one joint per patient per day last year.

A big reason that medical marijuana sales increased so dramatically is probably due to cultivation rules in Arizona. Patients can only grow their own marijuana if they live more than 25 miles away from a dispensary. There are now 85 dispensaries in Arizona, and according to the article referenced above, 98% of patients live within the 25 mile zone. I like to see medical marijuana sales increase, but not at the expense of home cultivation rights for patients.

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  • Jetdoc

    Here in AZ, we’re “quasi-legal”. Although the program is booming, we SHOULD have more than TWICE that number of patients! So many people are STILL leery of getting their cards even though they qualify for one. The Maricopa County Atty. Bill Montgomery continues to try to prosecute patients and overturn our law. He charged an ASU student who was a medical marijuana patient and was caught with LESS than <.5g and RESIN in his grinder. He charged him with a Class 3 FELONY!

    He's been trying to overturn the AMMA since 2 months AFTER it passed. (November 2010) He's LOST at EVERY level of Court so far. But he keeps prosecuting these people trying to FORCE them to make a plea deal. Therefore setting a precedent that he CAN prosecute patients if he wants. That the AMMA DOESN'T give patients protection from his FELONIES! It's now in the AZ Supreme Court. He's making the argument in the Supreme Court of AZ that our medical marijuana program is illegal b/c of Federal Law prohibiting it. Can you BELIEVE that shit? Especially after the SB1070 debacle.

  • Jetdoc

    Here in AZ, we’re “quasi-legal”. Although the program is booming, we SHOULD have more than TWICE that number of patients! So many people are STILL leery of getting their cards even though they qualify for one. The Maricopa County Atty. Bill Montgomery continues to try to prosecute patients and overturn our law. He charged an ASU student who was a medical marijuana patient and was caught with LESS than <.5g and RESIN in his grinder. He charged him with a Class 3 FELONY!

    He's been trying to overturn the AMMA since 2 months AFTER it passed. (November 2010) He's LOST at EVERY level of Court so far. But he keeps prosecuting these people trying to FORCE them to make a plea deal. Therefore setting a precedent that he CAN prosecute patients if he wants. That the AMMA DOESN'T give patients protection from his FELONIES! It's now in the AZ Supreme Court. He's making the argument in the Supreme Court of AZ that our medical marijuana program is illegal b/c of Federal Law prohibiting it. Can you BELIEVE that shit? Especially after the SB1070 debacle.

  • Whyiowa4medical

    You go to the professional social media sites and they claim that medical sales are down, across the board, but especially in Colorado. Down very significantly in Colorado with a zero uptick in recreational. Now I find that sales are increasing, across the board!!! Social Media has its place, but to be honest I have learned more accurate news on this blog, speaking with dispensaries online, and from my local doctor group (I keep doctors as friends that I can email or call when I see anything I consider BS) just as an example, I knew Lortab was moving to a C-II almost a year before it happened.
    This is why I need a new program, a place where the opposition is spotted and kicked off like a bad virus. They are making it sound like if you do not create your own cannabusiness now, you may as well go home and not even try. With states just coming on board I just do not see how this can be. Many, like Missouri and Minnesota plan to expand their start-up with Missouri talking about being the first state to legalize. Just six months ago Missouri said their state would have nothing to do with cannabis. This is just how fast this industry changes, soon we may have the Branson Cup at Willie Nelson’s place.
    I want to see blogs like this expand and take their rightful place as the industry standard. I know many that would be happy to help set you up live, complete with moderators. Too many professionals are allowing themselves to be torqued toward the CBD only opposition to whole flower cannabis and well made oils. When you have cannabis folks asking if THC is really necessary, on a professional site it is time to think about where the best news is at!!!

  • tromy

    Having essentially no home grow for our medicine in Arizona has been a bummer. Sure you can go and pay a fortune at a dispensary and have no idea of what you are really getting but there really is no reason to stop home growing rights except to make profits for the lucky few. They should have never included that in the bill, but I think it shows that a lot of the planning in the medical legalization is for big business and big profits and not so much for the patients.
    If they right up the 2016 legalization bill the same way I will be voting NO as will many others who truly want to see legalization. I don’t want legalization so a corporation can be in control of the quality of product produced and stifle those who can grow their own much higher quality, free of pesticides and who knows what else Cannabis.

  • JPerson

    Does anyone know about the MMJ insurance plan available in Arizona? Novus Medplan