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Medical marijuana patient numbers climb back over 100k in July

New data released by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment shows that in July, the number of medical marijuana patients in this state finally climbed back over the 100,000 mark.

That's the first time this has happened since September 2011.

According to the CDPHE, the total number of valid medical marijuana cards at the end of July was 101,220 -- an increase of 1,260 patients over the month before. But as has been the trend for the last year or so, the increase in patients with active red cards is lower than the total number of new patient applications from June to July, which suggests that at least 276 people who were card-holders in June didn't renew their cards or were booted from the registry for one reason or another.

The registry totaled more than 128,690 people at its height in June 2011, but then took a five-month slide to just over 80,000 patients. Depending on whom you ask, that dip was due to increased dispensary regulations (including surveillance cameras), a glut of medical cannabis available from private caregivers, or people simply deciding the registry wasn't worth the $90 application fee charged at the time.

The new stats from the CDPHE also indicate a decline in the average patient age, which now hovers around 41 years of age for men and women combined. Male patients still account for 70 percent of the registry.

There was also a slight increase in the number of medical marijuana patients designating either a primary caregiver or a medical marijuana center to grow medicine for them: 55 percent, up from 54 percent in June. Those figures aren't broken down in the regular report, but back in mid-July, we had the CDPHE compile numbers for us. The figures showed that 9.6 percent of patients in Colorado designated a caregiver, while 43.6 percent signed up with a medical marijuana center.

"Severe pain" still accounts for the majority of all medical marijuana cards written. Muscle spasms -- a common symptom of multiple sclerosis -- came in second. Cancer and AIDs, illnesses often cited as the reason that medical marijuana laws exist in the first place, were mentioned by only 3 percent and 1 percent of patients, respectively.

More from our Marijuana archive: "Marijuana: Wanda James on closure of edibles business, MMJ banking, Obama and more" and "Marijuana: More than 300 doctors endorsing Amendment 64".


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Clayton Capra
Clayton Capra

The no people will be out in front of the Convention Center on Monday around 10:30 for a press conference announcing Mayor Hancock's support and other cultural institutions. Show up with your YES ON 64! signs and crash it!

Natasha Schwertley
Natasha Schwertley

Yep. Not that it should matter if the patients are. I think most Coloradoans are of the opinion that we have the right to decide for ourselves what to do with our own bodies, without big govt making that decision for us. Especially when it comes to a plant for which there is no good reason it should be illegal. Plus, it will help fund our schools and bring in a lot of money to our local and state economies.

muzzylu
muzzylu

Marijuana is a very healthy food if taken as an edible, not smoked. It is a gentle and safe way to handle pain. There is a great $2.99 e-book on medical marijuana: MARIJUANA - Guide to Buying, Growing, Harvesting, and Making Medical Marijuana Oil and Delicious Candies to Treat Pain and Ailments by Mary Bendis, Second Edition. This book has great recipes for easy marijuana oil, delicious Cannabis Chocolates, and tasty Dragon Teeth Mints.

 

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