Updated on April 24, 2018. Medical content reviewed by Dr. Joseph Rosado, MD, M.B.A, Chief Medical Officer
On November 02, 2010, the “Arizona Medical Marijuana Act”, Ballot Proposition 203, was approved by 50.13% of Arizona voters, effectively removing all state-level penalties on the use, possession and cultivation of marijuana, by patients who have been issued with a “written or oral recommendation”, by their primary care physician, stating that he or she “would benefit from medical marijuana.”
This vote was Arizona’s third attempt at passing medical marijuana laws — measures were passed twice in the past, both in 1996 and 1998, however, these laws failed to work due to technicalities. Yet another attempt in 2002, was also rejected. However, recent Arizona statistics now show a rapidly growing medical marijuana program with great potential to help patients, even despite constant legal setbacks.
One of the more interesting Arizona medical marijuana facts is that as of October 2011, a total of 14852 marijuana patients have received their Arizona medical marijuana card from the Arizona Department of Health.
To date, statistics show that only 7 people have been denied after applying for an Arizona marijuana card.
745 applications to be caregivers have been approved.
12,367 people, or 83% of total applicants, have also requested a permit to grow their own medical marijuana.
3 out of every 4 Arizona medical marijuana patients are male (74.50%)
Only 12 Arizona patients are minors under the age of 18.
There are however 38 patients over the age of 81.
The vast majority of marijuana patients in Arizona (more than 75%) are over the age of 30, in fact, medical marijuana is most present in the 51-60 age group, or about 24% of the total.
86% of Arizona patients report chronic pain as a qualifying condition for medical marijuana. Muscle spasms come in second with 15% and nausea is third with almost 13%.
The least common qualifying condition is sclerosis, with only 15 patients reporting it.
One of the more disappointing Arizona marijuana facts for many advocates is that an initiative to legalize weed for recreational use in the state failed by a margin of 51.32-48.68 percent in November 2016. The measure would have allowed people 21 years and older to be able to possess and use no more than one ounce of pot. In addition, it would have imposed a 15 percent sales tax as well as strict licensing and control of weed.
Another odd marijuana fact for Arizona is that, according to the American Civil Liberties Union, black people in the state are 2.4 times more likely to be arrested for possessing weed than whites. This, according to the study, is despite the fact that both blacks and whites use weed in similar numbers.
If the legalization vote had passed, the Cannabistreported, the legal cannabis industry in the state would have been expected to grow to as much as $1.2 billion by 2020. It is now expected to grow to about $681 million.
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