It’s been two years since the first Minnesotans picked up prescriptions for medical marijuana.

The program that launched on July 1, 2015, with a handful of patients had 6,184 active participants as of Friday. That’s modest by comparison to other state programs, but it tops state lawmakers’ goal of 5,000 within the first few years.

After a slow first year, thousands of new patients flooded in last summer when the program expanded to serve people suffering from intractable pain.