Maps released by the state health department show the areas around the state that have the most medical-marijuana patients.
All these hot spots are in the Phoenix area, and most are around North Phoenix, Scottsdale, and the East Valley.
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Consider this: Maryvale, a neighborhood on the west side of Phoenix, and Scottsdale have similar populations -- about 208,000 in Maryvale and 217,000 in Scottsdale.
The map shows that after splitting up Scottsdale, both North Scottsdale and South Scottsdale have more medical-marijuana patients than all of Maryvale.
The Arizona Department of Health Services' year-end report on the medical-marijuana program also shows that other North Phoenix (and north-ish Phoenix) areas have more medical-pot patients than areas on the south side.
Deer Valley, North Mountain, Camelback East, and Paradise Valley Village (not the actual town of Paradise Valley) have more than 826 cardholders each.
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Interestingly, it looks like the well-to-do-types in Paradise Valley aren't seeking out medical marijuana nearly as much as people in every single neighborhood surrounding it.
However, since the map doesn't take into account the population of a given neighborhood, places with fewer people -- like 13,000 in Paradise Valley -- obviously are going to have fewer patients.
Click here to see the rest of the health department's year-end report.