Virginia's tiny medical marijuana program
Virginia's medical marijuana program is up to 55,000 patients as of last month, according to new statistics released by the Virginia Board of Pharmacy.
Yes, but: That's still very small compared to similar programs in other states.
- And it's far less than the 200,000 patients medical operators predicted.
By the numbers: The figure represents about 0.6% of Virginia's population.
- By comparison, the country's largest medical marijuana program in Oklahoma counts 9% of the population as patients, per the Marijuana Policy Project.
- And most mature programs in states where recreational sales are illegal have registered more than 2% of the populations as patients.
Catch up fast: The first medical marijuana dispensaries in Virginia opened a little over two years ago.
- And with retail recreational sales on hold indefinitely, the state's medical program looks like it will be the only outlet to legally purchase the drug for the foreseeable future.
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