Arizona's medical marijuana act is still young, but patients are proving there is a medical market. In the past year Arizona patients have consumed about 5,279 pounds of medical cannabis. That's over 2.5 tons sold in a state with a newer and shaky program.
The Phoenix New Times received the report after a request and reported the findings. The report was calculated from December 6th 2012, the opening of Arizona's first state-authorized dispensary Arizona Organix, to December 9th 2013.
There was a reported total of 84,456 ounces sold legally with in that time, and a total of 376,231 transactions. The state currently has approximately 40,000 medical marijuana patients and only 77 open shops.
The figures also show that patients aren't buying their maximum limit of five ounces a month. This suggests that Arizona patients are using the program responsibly, and not to sell elsewhere. In return the legal outlet also has taken one big step in reducing crime and violent activities associated with it.
Wow, makes money, saves time and money for law enforcement, reduces crime, creates jobs and safer medication, is this really a good idea?
The first year wasn't bad and there is more planned for the years to come. More shops are scheduled to open in 2014 and more patients are expected as medical ailments continue.