Many people are using medical marijuana for therapeutic and health reasons.
With the plant being legal in some states in the U.S. and other numerous countries, people are being registered, which helps us keep track of who is actually smoking legally. But not all places are releasing that kind of information, including California, which we all know has a high number of medical marijuana patients, but the number is unclear at the moment. In many other countries such as Spain and some states of the US without a registry such as California the number of medicinal users is estimated to be high, but no detailed data is available.
Most of the 16 states that allow the medicinal use of cannabis require a registration.
Recently the press agency Associated Press published data on registered patients in different states of the USA based on state agencies responsible for maintaining patient registries:
United States numbers of registered patients:
Rhode Island: 4,466
New Mexico: 4,310
Patient registration is mandatory in Delaware, New Jersey and the District of Columbia (Washington D.C.), but their registries are not yet up and running. Washington State has neither voluntary nor mandatory registration.
Data from Israel show that in August 2011 6,000 patients got medicinal cannabis . It is estimated that the number increases to 40,000 in 2016.
In Canada 12,116 patients were allowed to use cannabis on 30 September 2011.
Numbers of patients using cannabis from the pharmacies in the Netherlands were estimated to be 1,300 in 2010. However, many patients in the Netherlands use cannabis from the coffee shops or grow their own.
In Germany, only about 60 patients are currently allowed to use cannabis for medicinal purposes.