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Posted on Thu, Feb 7, 2013 : 5:30 p.m.

A top 5 list without Ann Arbor: Places in Michigan with the most medical marijuana patients

By Amy Biolchini


Traverse City resident Debrah Anne holds a pipe in her left hand and her Medical Marijuana documentation in her right hand and cheers during the rally on the University of Michigan Diag to kick off Hash Bash in Ann Arbor on April 3, 2010.

Angela J. Cesere | file photo

Though Ann Arbor may have a reputation for its marijuana culture, recently released data reveal Washtenaw County trails several others in the state in the number of patients with medical marijuana cards.

The county is not in the top five in the state for the number of patients with medical marijuana cards per capita, but it is in the top 10.

This is how the 15 most populous Michigan counties rank per capita for the number of patients with medical marijuana cards. Population rank, according to the 2010 census, is denoted in parentheses:

  • 1. Jackson (14): 3,729 patients per 160,248 people
  • 2. Genesee (5): 8,231 patients per 425,790 people
  • 3. Ingham (7): 4,893 patients per 280,895 people
  • 4. Muskegon (12): 2,615 patients per 172,188 people
  • 5. Berrien (15): 2,371 patients per 156,813 people
  • 6. St. Clair (13): 2,293 patients per 163,040 people
  • 7. Washtenaw (6): 4,458 patients per 344,791 people
  • 8. Kalamazoo (9): 3,063 patients per 250,331 people
  • 9. Livingston (11): 1,867 patients per 180,967 people
  • 10. Kent (4): 6,002 patients per 602,622 people
  • 11. Macomb (3): 8,319 patients per 840,978 people
  • 12. Saginaw (10): 1,951 patients per 200,169 people
  • 13. Ottawa (8): 2,498 patients per 263,801 people
  • 14. Oakland (2): 11,117 patients per 1,202,362 people
  • 15. Wayne (1): 14,736 patients per 1,820,584 people

If Michigan counties were to be ranked by the number of patients with medical marijuana cards alone, Washtenaw County would still be number seven on that list. By that ranking, Wayne County would have the top spot, followed by Oakland County at No. 2 and Macomb County at No. 3

The data on the number of patients with medical marijuana cards was released as a part of an annual report that was compiled during the state’s 2012 fiscal year between Oct. 1, 2011 and Sept. 30, 2012.

The report is required by the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act. It also revealed that state revenue — $9.9 million — from the medical marijuana program exceeded its costs by $6.3 million in the 2012 fiscal year, MLive reported.

Amy Biolchini covers Washtenaw County, health and environmental issues for Reach her at (734) 623-2552, or on Twitter.



Fri, Feb 8, 2013 : 7:18 p.m.

Sure seems like the leftist utopia of A2 has a plethora of ill health individuals rooming the streets, must be that vegan diet?


Fri, Feb 8, 2013 : 4:19 p.m.

grye - Med MJ is available in pill form without the hight it's call Marinol and it cost my insurance provider $900 for the prescription. Pharmacy = $$$$$

Alfred E Newman

Sun, Feb 10, 2013 : 8:46 p.m.

pill form has side effects, does not work well !! pot. is chosen by patients over this quackery . do your homework. only fools or the unimformed buy that crap lol just sayin


Fri, Feb 8, 2013 : 12:56 p.m.

And if AA had been #5 instead of #7 the headline would be "A top 4 list without Ann Arbor [...]". Anything for the city's PR machine.


Fri, Feb 8, 2013 : 12:16 p.m.

Go figure.....


Fri, Feb 8, 2013 : 6:54 a.m.

Take a Brillo Pad and scour it inside a young person's Brain. That is a Precise Description of what Marijuana does! Come On Parents! Post here and tell yer stories of yer Lost sons and daughters! I would restrict the so-called "Gentle Weed" to those over the age of 60 who turn-in their Driver License to the Secretary of State. Not saying that weed ain't a "fun" Drug; just saying it should be Restricted to Senior Citizens who surrender their Driver License.


Fri, Feb 8, 2013 : 2:50 p.m.

Piney, I truly hope that you never have to suffer the back pain that my daughter has to live with almost every day!!and yes, I voted you down.


Fri, Feb 8, 2013 : 1:21 p.m.

Your confessed about that demon alcohol drug that ruins your whole body

Homeland Conspiracy

Fri, Feb 8, 2013 : 11:46 a.m.

LOL!!!! Refer Madness is alive & well


Fri, Feb 8, 2013 : 12:59 a.m.

We need to stop this charade of "medical marijuana" and "patients" with their "medicine." Pot should be legalized. End the pointless war on drugs.


Fri, Feb 8, 2013 : 2:49 p.m.

GoNavy, to some people it is not a charade. Case in point: one of my daughters has Degenerative Disc disorder which 4 surgeries have failed to correct. She has taken every high-end pain reliever that Big Pharma has to offer. the end result of all these pills is increased tolerance(therefore reduced efficacy)to the drug in question, and compromised liver/kidney function, making it necessary for her to stop taking all this stuff. the only substance that works in the long run, with a minimum of undesirable side effects, is cannabis. I do agree with you that this war on drugs is pointless! Prohibition doesn't work. Never did.


Fri, Feb 8, 2013 : 1:11 p.m.

Yeah, but America loves its charades.


Fri, Feb 8, 2013 : 1:17 a.m.

Well it looks like its up to the voters, two states have done it and so far, its going off A OK

Michigan Man

Fri, Feb 8, 2013 : 12:21 a.m.

Other than having a mind as sharp as a bowling ball, see little reason to some dope, including for purported efficacy of medical marijuana. Public was really been tricked by this entire fabricated story. My condolences to those who have fallen for this lie.


Fri, Feb 8, 2013 : 7:55 p.m.

The pill form is Marinol and is VERY expensive. That's why big pharma wants pot to be illegal, so they can continue gouging us for the same active ingredient!


Fri, Feb 8, 2013 : 4:19 p.m.

Hey Michigan Man I recall you saying you worked for the pharmaceutical business...shocker that you are against medical marijuana!!!! Also grye, they are able to provide marijuana in a pill form. :)


Fri, Feb 8, 2013 : 3:17 p.m.

Too bad the active ingredient cannot be extracted and made into pill form. The medicine can then be dispensed as normal medicine instead of making it available in the "let's get high" format.

Homeland Conspiracy

Fri, Feb 8, 2013 : 11:44 a.m.

Don't confuse him with facts

Jaime Magiera

Fri, Feb 8, 2013 : 4:56 a.m.

It is not "purported". I'd suggest you read previous research from medical professionals, some supported by government agencies, that verify the positive effects of cannabis use for illness. You might start at Also, your comment is a slap in the face of people such as my foster father, who passed away from cancer a few weeks ago, that benefitted from the plant.


Thu, Feb 7, 2013 : 10:47 p.m.

I think Ypsi has that many *dispensaries* per capita. Get it together A2, you're holding us back.


Thu, Feb 7, 2013 : 10:44 p.m.

That cause MM is for ill people. AA is mostly young people in good health. No surprises here.

Homeland Conspiracy

Fri, Feb 8, 2013 : 12:13 a.m.