Arizona medical marijuana sales increased 41% in 2018

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(This story has been updated to clarify that sales of edibles and other marijuana products in Arizona increased 55% from 2017 to 2018.)

Medical marijuana sales in Arizona grew by 41% from 2017 to 2018, outpacing the growth of the patient pool by 2-to-1, according to a new report.

The state health department reports that medical cannabis patients consumed nearly 122,000 pounds of marijuana in 2018, up from 87,000 pounds in 2017.

However, the number of patients increased 20%, to just over 186,000, in the same time period, Capitol Media Services reported.

Here’s what you need to know from the state’s report:

  • While the health department doesn’t provide retail marijuana sales numbers, the news outlet extrapolated that with MMJ selling for $200 an ounce on average, the total sales numbers for 2018 would be roughly $400 million.
  • Cannabis flower is the most popular product, and sales are up 40%. But sales of edibles and other marijuana products are catching up, increasing by 55% from 2017 to 2018.
  • Male medical marijuana patients outnumber females by 3-to-2, the largest age group of cardholders is 31-40, and Saturday is the best day for MMJ sales.