AZ Dispensaries Sell More Medical Pot As Fewer People Are Able to Grow Their Own

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Robert Clark, co-chairman of SAFER Arizona, smoking at the 420 Social Club on Fourth Avenue. - MARIA INÉS TARACENA
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  • Robert Clark, co-chairman of SAFER Arizona, smoking at the 420 Social Club on Fourth Avenue.



Dispensary marijuana sales tripled from 2013 to last year, according to an end-of-year medical marijuana report published by the Arizona Health Services this week.

In numbers from January 2014 to last month, there were close to 1.45 million individual sales among the reported 55,000 medical marijuana patients in the state, totaling 10 tons of marijuana. Patients between 18 and 30 bought the most pot than any other age group, Health Director Will Humble said.

In 2013, those figures were  2.7 tons sold in 433,000 transactions to 41,000 cardholders.

This hike is attributed to the fact that people who live within 25 miles of a dispensary cannot grow their own pot, something that had been recently challenged in a lawsuit filed in Maricopa County against the state health department. The more dispensaries there are, the less people will be able to cultivate marijuana as stipulated by the Medical Marijuana Act. As of now, health services' figures show that there are about 85 dispensaries around the state, so a lot of people live close to one.

Medical marijuana users out there, what do you prefer? Is it better to grow your own, or are you a dispensary regular?


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