Jan 26, 2023 - News

The growing number of medical marijuana patients in the Natural State

Data: Arkansas Department of Health; Chart: Axios Visuals

At the end of 2022, Arkansas had 89,855 medical marijuana cardholders — roughly 3% of the state's population.

By the numbers: Those patients spent a record $276.3 million to buy 50,600 pounds.

  • Card carriers grew in number by 8.5% from last January but were down slightly from a peak of 92,035 at the end of September.

State of play: The industry is taking root in the Natural State. One new dispensary was added last year — Good Day Farm in Van Buren — and another relocated from Fayetteville to Eureka Springs.

  • Meanwhile, at least two dispensaries expanded in 2022.
  • On average, each user purchased about a half pound of medical marijuana last year.

Of note: Arkansas voters rejected legalization of recreational marijuana in November.

  • Some NWA providers made an advertising push before the midterm election to get potential patients signed up for cards.
avatar

Get more local stories in your inbox with Axios NW Arkansas.

🌱

Support local journalism by becoming a member.

Learn more

More NW Arkansas stories

No stories could be found

NW Arkansaspostcard

Get a free daily digest of the most important news in your backyard with Axios NW Arkansas.

🌱

Support local journalism by becoming a member.

Learn more