Vermont's medical marijuana usage is booming

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — New statistics show medical marijuana is booming in Vermont.

The Burlington Free Press reports ( that the number of patients approved to use medical marijuana is up 90 percent from this time a year ago. That puts the total number of approved patients at more than 1,000.

Data shows that the number of caregivers authorized to assist patients either by growing small amounts of marijuana or obtaining it from one of Vermont's four dispensaries is up 74 percent.

Under Vermont law, residents can receive medical marijuana if they have a debilitating medical condition. Medical marijuana was legalized in 2004.

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