Mar 2, 2023 - News

Virginia's tiny medical marijuana program

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Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

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.

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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