Adult-use cannabis sales in Arizona reached $75.5 million in April – the latest month for available data – representing a nearly $5 million decline from March, which was the best month for sales since the start of the program in January 2021, the Arizona Mirror reports. The April totals would have been a near-$3 million increase over March but officials had revised March totals by $8 million.
Medical cannabis sales in the state declined for the sixth consecutive month, falling to $47 million in April, just the second time sales have been less than $50 million since the launch of adult-use sales.
The number of medical cannabis patients also continued to decline. In April, the state counted 212,083 registered patients which fell to 191,682 in May. Patients purchased less than 8,000 pounds of medical cannabis in various forms through fewer than 500,000 transactions. Comparatively, in January patients bought about 10,000 pounds of cannabis products in nearly 600,000 transactions, the report says.
In Arizona, a third of cannabis tax revenues are earmarked for community college and provisional community college districts, with 31% used to fund public safety, including police, fire departments, fire districts, and first responders. 25% is sent to the Arizona Highway User Revenue Fund and 10% to the justice reinvestment fund, which provides public health services, counseling, job training, and other social services for communities that have been disproportionately impacted by cannabis law enforcement.
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