The Growth of Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

Marijuana has been legally available in the United States for over 15 years. Since the time when California began to authorize medical marijuana dispensaries, 14 other states, as well as Washington D.C., have allowed the use of cannabis in cases where doctors recommended the treatment for chronically ill patients. Today, medical marijuana is used to treat:

  • Cancer
  • Aids
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Chronic pain

No one in 1996 could predict that “the need for weed” would generate such an explosive growth in the number of marijuana dispensaries. An article on the McClatchy news site estimated that sales will reach $1.7 billion by the end of 2014. Eager for investment, the ArcView Group created the first network to connect medical marijuana providers with investors.


Qualification programs for obtaining cannabis are well established in California and other areas, but some people have raised concerns. Law enforcement officers worry that marijuana has become too easy to obtain and that many are exaggerating their medical conditions in order to get cannabis. Other concerns lie in the supply chain. Some worry that growers producing more marijuana than the medical market can support will turn to illegal channels.

Growth Continues

In spite of concerns, the proliferation of marijuana dispensaries continues to grow. Recently, Maine became the first Eastern state to authorize the use of medical marijuana. In one example, a brand new dispensary established over twenty home deliveries within their first month of operation. Interested parties can expect that the number of dispensaries will continue to grow. To find a medical marijuana dispensary near you, visit Weed Depot at or call (480) 385-3800 today.