PHOENIX (AP) -- More than 700 patients applied for Arizona's medical marijuana program since the state health department began accepting applications last week.
The Arizona Department of Health Services says between April 14 and Wednesday, 718 people applied to get medical marijuana cards. Of those, 579, or 80 percent, were approved.
Those who weren't approved will have to reapply.
The department also released demographic information about the applicants. About 78 percent of them were men, and the largest age group, at 37 percent, was people 51 and older.
Diseases reported included cancer, Hepatitis C, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS and Chron's disease.
Applications came in from across the state, with clusters in the Phoenix and Tucson metro areas.
Patients can begin buying medical marijuana late this summer or in the fall.