More than 80,000 people are currently qualified to legally possess, cultivate, or sell marijuana for medicinal purposes in Arizona.
The latest report by the Arizona Department of Health Services shows there are:
– 78,830 medical marijuana patients
– 126 medical marijuana patients (minors)
– 597 medical marijuana caregivers
– 126 medical marijuana caregivers (for minors)
– 1,972 dispensary agents (i.e., dispensary employees)
“Approximately 90 dispensaries are operating in Arizona and sales are expected to exceed $150 million in 2015,” stated a spokesperson for AZmarijuana.com, Arizona’s leading marijuana industry website.
As of last year there were about 65,000 medical marijuana patients in Arizona. The 2015 Arizona Department of Health Services report shows there is a steady increase of several thousand qualifying medical marijuana patients each month, and it is expected that the Arizona medical marijuana industry will continue to develop at a steady pace.
Ryan Hurley, an attorney working in the Arizona medical marijuana industry said that “because more dispensaries have opened up, an increase in patients was expected” and “the stigma and fear of being a cardholder gets reduced each passing day, particularly when you have mainstream media outlets, [including] CNN’s Sanjay Gupta, extolling the myriad benefits of medical marijuana. Because of all of this, I expect to see steady measured growth in the number patients over at least the next year or two.”
Arizona will likely be voting to legalize marijuana for adult use on the November 2016 ballot. The initiative expected to make it onto the ballot is known as the The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol and is based off of Colorado’s recreational marijuana laws.