Updated on April 26, 2020. Medical content reviewed by Dr. Joseph Rosado, MD, M.B.A, Chief Medical Officer
Medical marijuana is legal in Arizona. Voters in 2010 approved a proposal removing state-level penalties on the use, possession and cultivation of marijuana for medical purposes.
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 percent to 48.68 percent in November 2016. The measure would have allowed people 21 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.
If the legalization vote had passed, the legal cannabis industry in the state might have grown to as much as $1.2 billion by 2020.
As of February 2020, some 226,677 people qualified for medical marijuana, and 711 were designated as caregivers, according to the Arizona Department of Health.
The vast majority of Arizona patients — 89.81% — report chronic pain as a qualifying condition for medical marijuana. Cancer is second, accounting for 1.4% of patient reasons for needing medical marijuana, followed by post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which accounts for 1.15%.
Fifty-nine percent of Arizona medical marijuana patients are male, and just 0.08% (177) are under age 18. There are 2,058 patients aged 81 or older. The 31- to 40-year-old age group is the most represented, accounting for 21.5% of all qualifying patients.
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