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Arizona medical marijuana sales jumped 41 percent in 2018

Posted at 3:13 PM, Jan 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-17 17:13:58-05

TUCSON, Ariz. — Arizonans bought more than 1.95 million ounces of medical marijuana last year.

That's according to the latest numbers from the Arizona Department of Health Services, which released its annual report on medical marijuana this week.

The amount of pot sold under the state's medical marijuan program jumped 41 percent in 2018 -- up from more than 86,000 pounds in 2017 to nearly 122,000 pounds last year. That number encompasses all forms of the drug, including edibles and oils.

The reports don't list how much money patients spent on medical marijuana.

The state also approved 98.9 percent of medical marijuana patient applications it received, according to the report. Arizona had more than 198,000 medical marijuana patients in 2018, including nearly 26,000 in Pima County.

Nearly 88 percent of applications cited chronic pain as a qualifying medical condition for the drug. The next most frequently reported medical condition -- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) -- was listed on only 1.2 percent of applications.

You can read the full reports on the AZDHS website.