Patients bought 2.7 tons of legal pot in 2013

PHOENIX (AP) — A new report from state health officials shows Arizona medical marijuana patients bought 2.7 tons of weed in 2013 from 71 licensed dispensaries.

The year-end report released Thursday by the Department of Health Services also shows more than 70 percent of those buyers were men and more than 73 percent cited chronic pain when applying for their medical marijuana card.

There were more than 422,000 purchases reported from nearly 41,000 cardholders. The state estimated that dispensaries bought in about $33 million in revenue last year based on a $350 an ounce price. The average patient bought marijuana 10 times and more sales were recorded on Fridays and Saturdays than on other days.

Arizona voters approved sales of medical marijuana in 2010 by a narrow margin of about 4,300 votes.

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