By Emily McclellanMay 21, 2018 12:00:30The number of Massachusetts residents who have obtained a medical marijuana card, the state’s only way to obtain the drug, is on track to fall to its lowest level since 2015, according to a new study.
The findings from the Commonwealth Health Rankings 2017 study released Tuesday, which looked at state-by-state data from the first five months of 2017, show a sharp drop in the number of residents who had received medical marijuana prescriptions from April through October.
The state’s medical marijuana program is expected to continue to be expanded in the coming years as a result of new state legislation.
The number has been on a steady decline since the year 2016, when the number peaked at around 20,000 patients a month, the study said.
The number has since declined to just over 13,000.
The study found that in 2016, the number had increased to an average of around 10,000 daily patients in each of the first four months of the year.
But the study also found that the number decreased to an all-time low in 2019, with an average daily patient of 7,400.
The study found there were no significant differences in the numbers of people with a diagnosis of chronic pain or cancer, though both are among the top chronic conditions on the list.
The authors said the results of the study suggest there is a general consensus among researchers that there is no reason to panic.
“It’s very encouraging that we’ve seen the decline in the medical marijuana patient numbers, but that doesn’t mean we’re on the verge of an emergency,” said Dr. Mark S. Hochberg, an associate professor of medicine at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.
Sampson Community College, which has about 11,500 residents, has one of the few remaining dispensaries in the state.
It’s one of only two medical marijuana dispensaries in Massachusetts, and is the only one licensed to grow and sell marijuana.
For the study, researchers reviewed data from Massachusetts’ Medicaid program, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, to determine how much people in the program were able to afford to purchase marijuana.
The researchers then used data from state and federal Medicaid databases to calculate the number that were able afford the drug.
Those that were over 65, those with incomes up to $125,000, and those who had less than $30,000 in household income were excluded.
The researchers also used data on the number and type of medical conditions and medical marijuana use to determine if there was a statistically significant difference between the number people with and those without medical marijuana.
While the state did not provide any specific figures on the cost of marijuana, the researchers said it would be possible to extrapolate the numbers to other areas of the country and the cost per patient.
According to the study’s authors, there are many reasons to be concerned about the state of the state�s medical marijuana system.
While many states have legalized medical marijuana for adults, the federal government has been unable to agree on whether or not it�s a legitimate form of medicine.
As a result, some states have restricted medical marijuana to adults over the age of 21.
And even if states pass legislation that allows medical marijuana, it may be difficult to enforce and the process could be complicated by bureaucratic hurdles.
As a result many state residents have no choice but to travel to Massachusetts for the privilege of obtaining a marijuana card.
However, the findings of the new study suggest that some residents are finding it more difficult to access marijuana.
Many residents who were able pay $75 or more per month for a cannabis card did not do so after the state began to phase out the program, said Dr, Matthew M. McElroy, an assistant professor of medical and health sciences at Stony Brook University.
McEllroy also is an associate director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Drug Policy and Research.
McEllroy said the study indicates that the stigma associated with medical marijuana is a factor in people�s reluctance to use it.
There are some positive signs, though, he said.
Marijuana is a relatively safe drug, and patients should be able to have access to it without the stigma of it being considered a medical substance, McEllry said.
“This is a really good indicator that there are good people in Massachusetts and there are really good people who have used marijuana,” McEllray said.