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Diana Briggs, left, whose son, Ryan Briggs suffers from intractable epilepsy, shows the bag containing a medical marijuana product, as she leaves CY+ Medical marijuana Dispensary, Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018 in Butler, Pa. Briggs, who lobbied for passage of Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana law, is the first person to legally buy the drug from a dispensary in the state. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

(Harrisburg) — State officials say Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana program provided the drug nearly 600,000 times during its first year of sales.

The Wolf Administration said Friday that more than 83,000 people have purchased medical marijuana at the 45 dispensaries that are up and running.

Statewide medical marijuana sales totaled $132 million in the past year.

More than $2 million in state taxes were paid by grower-processors.

About 1,000 doctors are currently approved to certify patients for the program.

Pennsylvania’s 2016 medical marijuana law permits its use for a list of conditions that include AIDS, autism, cancer, chronic pain and post-traumatic stress disorder.