New reports issued the the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs show that Wayne, Oakland and Macomb Counties continue to dominate the registrations for the state Medical Marihuana Program (MMP).
In the first release of total program data since converting from a single year to a two-year registration cycle, LARA's January 4 report titled, 'Medical Marihuana Act Statistical Report For Fiscal Year 2015- revealed that Wayne County holds 25,949 registered patients. Following in order of patient numbers, the state's top ten are: Oakland County (18,656); Macomb (15,012); Genesee (12,647); Kent (7,699); Ingham (6,982); Washtenaw (6,994); Muskegon (3,991); Jackson (3,775); and Kalamazoo (3,683).
Overall the number of patients registering in 2015 was about 9.5% less than a year before, and the number of caregivers registering was slower, too, by 22.6%. The FY 2015 period is the second year of a two-year registration period, meaning the FY 2014 and 2015 numbers are both included in the registry database.
Only three counties reported an increase in patient registrations from 2014 to 2015- Clinton, Wayne and Oakland. Clinton and Oakland added just a fraction of a percentage to their patient numbers in 2015, but Wayne County went from 10,402 patients to 12,061- a 16% increase. Wayne County has a total of 25,949 patients and 4,420 caregivers.
Caregiver numbers seem to buck the trend. Although the number of growers registering as caregivers in 2015 was 22.6% slower than the previous year on a statewide level, Michigan's Upper and Northern Lower Peninsulas saw increases in caregiver registrations in multiple counties.
In the U.P., five if the fifteen counties saw an upward trend in caregiver registrations-Chippewa, Gogebic, Delta, Schoolcraft and Menominee Counties. Across the Mackinac Bridge, Alcona, Alpena and Benzie Counties in the top of the mitten also increased their caregiver registrations.
Source: The Compassion Chronicles