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August Medical Marijuana Program Statistics

August Medical Marijuana Program StatisticsThe August Medical Marijuana Program Statistics are provided by DC’s Dept. of Health. You can see the total number of patients registered, their gender and in which ward they live.  

August Medical Marijuana Program Statistics

3,986 patients and 33 caregivers have registered with DC’s Medical Marijuana Program since 2014. In the last month, DC added 43 new patients, 2 caregivers, and 2 physicians. The number of cultivation centers (7) and dispensaries (5) remains unchanged.

Statistical Insights for Marketers/Business Owners

August’s numbers suck, plain and simple — a 65% drop in registered patients compared to the previous month. At this time last year, DC had 4,212 residents with legal access to medical cannabis. (I can only guess that the numbers are dwindling because patients are not renewing their licenses. If you know, please leave a comment.)

Knowing only that I know nothing, I looked for a statistic that would give me a bit of perspective. Perhaps my expectations are too high (among other things) for DC. Turns out, the answer is maybe.

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According to ProCon.org, an organization tracking the number of “legal medical marijuana patients” in the U.S., the average is 8.06 per thousand statewide residents. According to this group, the District has 5.12 card-carrying residents per thousand. Like most averages, this is both helpful and misleading; the top 6 states in the U.S. have more than 19 patients per thousand on average. Those states include the obvious: Colorado, California, Oregon, and Washington; but there’s also Michigan and Maine. With the exception of California (for now), all of these states also allow for legal recreational use (while not statewide, both Maine and Michigan have cities that legalized REC). One would think that the ratio of MMJ patients per thousand residents would be lower, not higher if everyone has access.

Unfortunately, REC is legal in the District but residents don’t have access to cannabis because it can neither be purchased nor sold. If Congress didn’t mandate this Catch-22, would the number of patients increase like those other states? Or is there another force at play? And I would love your thoughts on this!

Analysis of earlier months can be found in the archives (helpful for trending data on gender and wards with the greatest number of patients). You can view the two-page report from this month here.

DC’s Medical Marijuana Program Statistics thru July

July Medical Marijuana Program StatisticsThe July Medical Marijuana Program Statistics are provided by DC’s Dept. of Health. You can see the the total number of patients registered, their gender and in which ward they live.  

July Medical Marijuana Program Statistics

3,915 patients and 31 caregivers have registered with DC’s Medical Marijuana Program since 2014, thus adding 97 new patients (and losing one caregiver) since last reported. The number of cultivation centers (7) and dispensaries (5) remain unchanged.

Statistical Insights for Marketers

For those of you in the biz, the greatest patient growth is in Ward 2; since the beginning of the year, registrations are up a whopping 37.5% (great news for you National Holistic Healing Center and Herbal Alternatives). Neighboring Ward 3 has seen an 11% uptick in registrants as well, but Wards 4, 5, 7, and 8 saw between 6.67 – 9% fewer (net) card holders.

Here’s another insight if my math geeks are still with me. As of July 27, 63% of all registered patients are male. However, since the beginning of the year, female registrants are outpacing males by 70%.

You can view the two-page report here.

DC MMP Program Statistics as of July 5, 2016

Quick word about these statistics. The Government of the District of Columbia’s Department of Health publishes statistics on its Medical Marijuana Program, including but not limited to the the total number of patients registered. These patients are broken out by gender as well as ward.

As of July 5: 3,818 patients and 32 caregivers have registered with DC’s Medical Marijuana Program since 2014, thus adding 111 new patients and 3 caregivers since last reported. The number of cultivation centers (7) and dispensaries (5) remain unchanged.

You can find the latest statistics here.

DC MMP Program Statistics as of June 3, 2016

Quick word about these statistics. The Government of the District of Columbia’s Department of Health publishes statistics on its Medical Marijuana Program, including but not limited to the the total number of patients registered. These patients are broken out by gender as well as ward.

As of June 3: 3,707 patients and 29 caregivers have registered with DC’s Medical Marijuana Program since 2014. There are 7 operational cultivation centers and 5 dispensaries serving DC patients.

When the District first started releasing statistics (5/21/2014), there were

  • 362 patients
  • 16 caregivers
  • 3 operational cultivation centers (and 3 non-operational)
  • 3 operational dispensaries (and 1 non-operational)