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Number of medical cannabis dispensaries open in the U.S. as of 2017, by state

Among states with legalized medical marijuana, Colorado had the largest number of dispensaries as of May 2017. The U.S. federal government still prohibits the use of marijuana for any way. Use of any cannabis is punishable by law at a federal level. However, many states have legalized its use for medical and recreational purposes. California was the first state that legalized marijuana for medical use.

Medical marijuana usage

Medical marijuana is defined as a legalized form of cannabis that must be prescribed by a doctor. Despite the controversy associated with legalized marijuana, many adults support its use for medical purposes. Medical marijuana has been used to mitigate the effects of pain, nausea and mental health disorders. Among states with medical marijuana programs, a majority have seen a reduction in the number of pain medications prescribed by doctors. Of states with medical marijuana programs, California and Maine had the highest percentage of their population treated with medical marijuana in 2018.

Marijuana dispensaries

The U.S. medical marijuana business is a highly regulated industry. Unregulated dispensaries also exist but are not legal businesses in many states. Among medical marijuana dispensaries in the U.S., those that were regulated were usually more profitable than those that were not regulated. Regulated dispensaries in the U.S. also have a higher number of customers than those that are unregulated.

Number of medical marijuana dispensaries open in the U.S. as of May 2017, by state

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North America, United States

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as of May 2017

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Figures for California, North Dakota, and Washington were not available.

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