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State Study Shows There is No “Typical” Medical Marijuana User in Nevada

Among the more than 11,000 people with state-issued patient cards are the very young and very old. They include people living with cancer, HIV, seizures, glaucoma or other conditions.

Newly released statistics provide the first detailed look at who uses medical marijuana — and why. The numbers are public thanks to recent legislation that relaxed a state confidentiality law.

“We can provide a slightly more colorful picture,” said Pam Graber, a spokeswoman for the state’s medical marijuana program.

The number of Nevadans with patient cards has grown by about one-third this year, with more than 2,800 added since January. As of September, 11,406 people had cards.

The numbers show cards are fairly evenly distributed among older and younger people, though older people remain slightly more likely to have them.

About 24 percent of cardholders are under age 35, while 14 percent are 65 or older. The latter number is identical to the percentage of Nevada’s population over age 65, census figures show. [Read more at the Las Vegas Review-Journal]

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