Nearly doubling the amount from the previous year, medical patients in Arizona consumed about 19 tons of cannabis in 2015.
Arizona’s Department of Health Services released a report on the state’s medical marijuana usage, stating that patients consumed approximately 19 tons of medical cannabis, equaling roughly $184 million in sales based on per-ounce prices.
About 88,000 medical marijuana patients participate in the state’s program. Enacted in 2010, the program allows patients to obtain 2.5 ounces of cannabis every two weeks. Qualifying conditions include epilepsy, glaucoma, Alzheimer’s disease,post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), acute nausea and chronic or severe pain, the latter of which accounts for more than 25,000 patients.
Despite this, some state legislators are seeking to restrict the law by narrowing the requirements needed to qualify for the program, as well as the individuals who are allowed to provide medical marijuana recommendations.
The report was released alongside efforts to have a recreational cannabis initiative appear on the November 2016 ballot. The Marijuana Policy Project helped Arizona citizens pass medical marijuana legislation back in 2010 and is supporting current efforts towards recreational legalization.