It looks like supporters of medical marijuana were right. There appears to be a lot of pent-up demand from patients who want weed.
Patients purchased 1,676 ounces in September, as the state’s second dispensary opened in Brockton. That’s a big jump from the 1,488 ounces sold in the two months prior, when only one dispensary, in Salem, was cleared to sell medical marijuana in the state.
The sales data was released for the first time Thursday, on a dashboard created by the state Department of Public Health.
DPH says it appears as if very few patients are buying up their allowed limit.
“Right now it does appear as people are buying a small amount of marijuana per transaction,” said Scott Zoback, a DPH spokesman. “That is something we continue to watch.”
The allowed limit is up to 10 ounces in a 60-day period, although that has been reduced to 4.23 ounces as the state reviews safety testing criteria.
Some patients report that dispensaries are restricting the amount of each sale in order to stretch a supply that is not meeting demand.
In Good Health, the Brockton store, was so busy it closed for several days toward the end of September. A spokesman said demand exceeded supply and the dispensary ran low because there were delays at one of the labs that tests medical marijuana before it is cleared for sale.