ARIZONA: The Arizona Medical Marijuana Act (AMMA) has been in effect for four years, and the annual report by the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) shows that more and more people are taking part in the program.
The first annual report presented in 2012 revealed that there were 35,641 active cardholders in the state. This year that number has increased by almost 17,000, with the state currently showing a total of 52,374 cardholders, which includes 51,783 qualifying patients and 591 caregivers. In addition, this year there were 904 dispensary agent cards issued.
The number of minors being prescribed marijuana has also increased. There are currently 92 minors (between the ages of eight months and 18) with medical marijuana cards, up from 18 who requested and qualified for one when the law first went into effect. Last year that number stood at 37.
Of the total qualifying patients, about one-third are female, more than a 10 percent increase over the first year.