Medical marijuana: 137,556 patient applications received, 69% of approved applicants are male

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The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has released the latest data about medical marijuana patients in the state, and the numbers are fascinating. As of March 31, the most recent date available, 137,556 people have applied to the patient registry, and 123,890 -- most of them male -- have valid registry ID cards.

Among the cliches exploded by the digits is the theory that the registry is dominated with teens and twenty-somethings who are faking medical problems in order to purchase weed legally. According to the CDPHE, the average age of a patient in Colorado is forty -- 39 for men, 42 for women. Moreover, only forty patients in the entire state are minors, meaning that they're younger than age eighteen. Males represent 69 percent of all registry-card holders.

Another surprising statistic involves doctors who've suggested that patients try cannabis to address their medical conditions. More than 1,100 doctors in the state have written MMJ recommendations -- a greater number than many observers would have likely predicted.

The vast majority of patients -- 56 percent -- live in the Denver metro area, which includes Boulder. But patients can be found in virtually every corner of the state, including some of Colorado's least populous counties: sixteen in Kiowa County, nineteen in Jackson County, 35 in Lincoln County. Most list severe pain as a qualifying condition, with smaller numbers citing muscle spasms, nausea, cancer, HIV/AIDS, etc. Around 63 percent have designated a primary caregiver.

Look below to see the county-by-county patient breakdown, plus totals involving conditions and user characteristics:

Table 1: County Information:

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Table 2: Conditions:

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Table 3: User Characteristics:

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Stylee
Stylee

BUT BUT BUT - 1284 destroyed MMJ in CO....

Meds4Sale
Meds4Sale

Thanks!  Now I know where to target my sales!  :)

Kwame
Kwame

Womens are more into Cocaine & Alcohol, on Average. 

Angie
Angie

Really??? And what proof do you have that "womens" are more into cocaine and alcohol? 

Kathleen Chippi
Kathleen Chippi

Again the stats show this "young boys overwhelm the registry" is totally REFFER MADNESS from law enforcement.  

Kwame
Kwame

Law Enforcement has a thing for young boys...

Colorado Mmj Patient
Colorado Mmj Patient

It is great to see so many benefitting from mmj.  There are many more, especially seniors, that can benefit from MMJ.  The seniors section will start to grow and the average age will rise as more people become aware of the non-harmful benefits of MMJ.  

Unfortunately the numbers will drop due to the over regulation by the state as more people go underground.  If the patient records are shared with a police database, patients will drop the card and just go with the recommendation from his or her doctor per Amendment 20.  Everyone will lose.  It is important that everyone get involved in the legalization effort for 2012.

High Country Caregiver
High Country Caregiver

Also interesting, in small mountain communities like Summit / Park County, where the population is small, look at the % of card holders compared to total population.  In Park County there were 15,000 people in 2010 (see data: http://www.cubitplanning.com/c... and 919 card holders, that's 6% of the population!  We love our weed Colorado, nice work!  I'll smoke to that!

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