Medical marijuana in the U.S. - Statistics & Facts

Medical marijuana in the U.S. - Statistics & Facts

Statistics and facts about medical marijuana in the U.S.

Since California first passed a proposition legalizing marijuana for medical purposes in 1996, medical marijuana has seen a rise in state and public support and has become a growing and prosperous industry. Marijuana, also known as cannabis, has now been approved for medical use in 25 states, and is used to treat symptoms associated with diseases such as AIDS, cancer, and glaucoma.


Although the topic of legalizing marijuana for medical purposes might have been considered controversial in the past, there has been an increase in evidence for the medical benefits of marijuana, such as fewer drug doses being prescribed as a result of its legalization. In addition, some of the possible negative consequences of medical marijuana legalization that were often used to argue against legalization have been found to be unsubstantiated.

Medical marijuana laws, usage, and prices vary from state to state. Not only can prices per gram differ dramatically by state there can also be significant differences in medical marijuana prices between cities within the same state. As some states have more relaxed medical marijuana laws than others, and some have even recently legalized marijuana for recreational use, the number of medical marijuana dispensaries open in each state is also quite varied. The number of medical marijuana patients and caregivers can also fluctuate depending on the state. While Colorado had a legal medical marijuana patient rate of 19.8 per 1,000 residents in 2016, Nevada had a rate of only 5. Similarly, in 2015, Oregon had approximately 36,754 caregivers registered with medical marijuana programs compared to just 3,083 in Colorado.

If current trends persist, medical marijuana will continue to grow as an industry and public support with it. According to surveys from recent years, public approval of medical marijuana has indeed increased, remaining above 77 percent since 2011. Medical marijuana patients seem to also be satisfied with the treatment they experience, with a majority reporting that they would be highly likely to recommend medical marijuana to friends or family for treatment.



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Facts on Medical marijuana in the U.S.
OverviewValuesStatistic
Medical marijuana sales in 20162.6bn USD Details →
Projected medical and recreational marijuana consumer market in 202437.3bn USD Details →
Number of cannabis businesses in the U.S. as of 201633,000 Details →
Purchasing and expendituresValuesStatistic
Average price per gram of marijuana in the U.S. as of 201413.99 USD Details →
Least expensive U.S. city to purchase legal marijuana 2016Aurora, Colorado Details →
Most expensive state for purchasing legal marijuana as of 2016Michigan Details →
Percentage of people that prefer to purchase medical marijuana in a local dispensary as of 201661% Details →
Patients and caregiversValuesStatistic
Number of medical marijuana patients per 1,000 state residents in California in 201619.8 Details →
Number of caregivers registered with medical marijuana programs in Michigan 33,004 Details →
OpinionsValuesStatistic
Number of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans that believe the VA should allow medical marijuana as a treatment option in 201575% Details →
Percentage of medical marijuana users that would recommend it to a friend or family member in 201671.8% Details →
Percentage of people that approve of medical marijuana in the U.S. as of April 201584% Details →
Focus: ColoradoValuesStatistic
Total number of medical marijuana patients in Colorado in October 2016341,870 Details →
Total recreational and medical marijuana sales in Colorado in 20161.3bn USD Details →
Total cannabis Colorado sales tax revenue in January 2016 12.47m USD Details →
Focus: OregonValuesStatistic
Number of medical marijuana growers in Oregon as of July 201639,010 Details →
Percentage of medical marijuana patients that suffer from severe pain as of July 201689.6% Details →
Price of cannibas resin, per gram, in Oregon as of 201630 USD Details →


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