Chart: Utah’s medical marijuana patient pool may start small, grow slowly

A recent decision in Utah to award fewer medical marijuana cultivation licenses than allowed raised concerns about a supply shortage, but projections show a relatively small patient count and slow growth in the state.

In July, Utah’s Department of Agriculture and Food (UDAF) decided to award only eight cultivation licenses – two fewer than the maximum 10 allowed by law – raising concerns that demand would outpace supply.

However, estimates developed by Amanda Bakian, a research assistant professor at the University of Utah School of Medicine, show that the registry may reach only 11,000 patients in the first year and 50,000 after five years.

A patient pool of 50,000 would be 1.5% to 2% of Utah’s population – a proportion achieved by Florida and Maryland within

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