Medical marijuana registry numbers climb, but more patients dropping off active list

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The active patient numbers for Colorado's medical marijuana community crept slightly higher in January, to 108,656 people, but any significant growth was offset by a pattern of people dropping off the registry each month. Although 2,911 new-patient applications were turned in between December 2012 and this past January, the number of active patients in the Colorado medical marijuana registry only rose by 130. That means as many as 2,781 patients decided not to renew their cards and dropped off the active-patient list -- nearly three times the amount that dropped off the month before.

Several activists -- and even government reports -- had projected that medical marijuana patient numbers would drop drastically after Amendment 64 passed, legalizing small amounts of cannabis for personal cultivation and recreational use. While so far the drop in active patients hasn't been as drastic as predicted, the state has yet to iron out the details of any recreational marijuana sales in the state.

If/when it does -- provided there isn't any federal interference -- the number of legal marijuana consumers in this state could rise from just over 100,000 to potentially millions, which certainly should entice quite a few dispensary owners into switching over.

As of February 22, there were 49 infused-product manufacturers and approximately 325 dispensaries licensed in the state. That's roughly one licensed dispensary for every 334 patients. As of last week, according to the Medical Marijuana Enforcement Division, there were about 650 MIPS, dispensaries and grow operations still waiting to be licensed, with the majority of those dispensaries located in the metro area. That makes sense, since 57 percent of medical marijuana patients live in that same vicinity.

Like the active-patient numbers, the composition of those patients hasn't changed much. Men make up 68 percent of the total, and the average age still sits just above forty. A medical marijuana center or a caregiver is designated by 55 percent of patients to grow herb for them, with medical marijuana dispensaries taking up the bulk of that percentage. The only real change was the increase in the number of minors on the registry. The number went from 37 in December to 40 in January.

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herbalhealthsystems
herbalhealthsystems

So much negativity... MMJ saves lives and provides hope for many of our patients. Happy to help and will continue as long as we're needed. Keep it positive!

Monkey
Monkey

Time to update, numbers still climbing in February, despite Will's special ed math.

Karlos Dainger
Karlos Dainger

Don't pull the thang out, unless you plan to bang.

justfactsplease
justfactsplease

A)  Can you provide a source for the new applications vs. renewals figure?  

B)  Federal interference won't change the legal status of the "potentially millions" of cannabis consumers in CO.  We're already legal under the state constitution and the feds can't compel us to re-criminalize minor possession offenses.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 "That's roughly one licensed dispensary for every 334 patients " [half as many once the backlog of applicants in processed]

Business Model = FAIL

Once the FRAUD of "medical" marijuana runs its course, the only people left on the CDPHE registry will be GROWERS seeking to exploit the increased plant counts available under A20 but NOT available under A64.

And of course anyone under 21 years old who was COMPLETELY EXCLUDED by the arbitrary and capricious discrimination of A64. 


Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay Not a fraud. There are patients who are not potheads and use it for a legitimate medical condition, such as myself. I don't even smoke it.

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay You don't know any of that. Of course, that has never stopped you running your big mouth before.

"Medical" in quotes, indeed. Go fuck yourself with a cactus, you chickenshit whiny pussy.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Cognitive_Dissident "There are patients who are not potheads"

A tiny minority of the many TENS of THOUSANDS of STONERS who abused the intent and purpose of Amendment 20 simply so they could get high.

Only an oblivious imbecile or depraved liar would assert otherwise.



DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter


@stuka1 " ANYTHING is illegal under 21 with A64 for rec purposes "


@stuka1 " DISPLAYING AND POSSESSING over an oz is illegal [with A64] "


stuka1
stuka1


@El_Derpo <<<< dripping Kevin Sabet's Shit from its lips

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Cognitive_Dissident ... who -- besides you -- has claimed they don't exist?

Anyone who has any actual experience in the MMJ industry knows for a fact that that VAST MAJORITY of "patients" are simply recreational stoners exploiting the purpose and intent of A20.

That you would claim otherwise illustrates to the world what an inexperienced know-nothing neophyte you really are.


El_Derpo
El_Derpo

@stuka1 <<<< dripping derp

stuka1
stuka1


@El_Derpo = JackassHoBoy, who analingates Kevin Sabet every day

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay

"A tiny minority..."

That is a lie. No surprise here that you simply make up "facts" as they suit your hysterical rants.  

DonkeyHotay = pathological LIAR.

El_Derpo
El_Derpo

@stuka1 ########## derp derp.

stuka1
stuka1

@El_Derpo = DonkeyHotay reduced to babbling nonsense, as usual

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay

"Arrests Prevented by A64 for those under 21 -- the group that suffers the most marijuana prosecutions = FUCKING ZERO!!"

That is a lie.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1 "ANYTHING is illegal under 21 with A64 for rec purposes"

Arrests Prevented by A64 for those under 21 -- the group that suffers the most marijuana prosecutions = FUCKING ZERO!!


stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay = Epic Reading Comprehension FAIL, AGAIN!

hth you chickenshit whiny pussy 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1 says his OWN WORDS = "irrelevant pussy whining"

Noted.

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