Arkansas residents are spending almost $900,000 each day on medical marijuana purchases. The state’s dispensaries recently surpassed the $300 million mark in sales, according to the latest numbers. The new figures released by the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission, reports KTLO.
The first dispensary opened in mid-2019. Since then, Arkansans have spent a total of $303.5 million to purchase 45,286 pounds of medical marijuana, said Scott Hardin, spokesperson for the Commission In April, Arkansans spent $18.5 million to purchase 2,517 pounds of Cannabis.
Arkansas patients spend an average of $885,000 a month on Cannabis. The figures represent an increase of $5,000 compared to figures reported last month.
Commission officials report 13 dispensaries have now sold at least at ton (2,000 pounds) of marijuana apiece. That’s more than a third of the state’s dispensaries. There are 32 dispensaries across the state, with six more preparing to open.
There 76,553 active medical marijuana patient cards in Arkansas, according to the state Department of Health. That means that since last month, 9,915 cardholders have been authorized.
Arkansas’ constitutional amendment legalized medical marijuana for 17 qualifying conditions and created a state medical marijuana commission. Arkansas voters approved it 53% (585,030) to 47% (516,525) in November 2016. There are now only six U.S. states – Alabama, Idaho, Kansas, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Wyoming – in which Cannabis is illegal to sell in any form for any purpose.