Medical Marijuana Helps Serious Medical Conditions.
Friday, Oct 10, 2014

Medical Marijuana Helps Serious Medical Conditions, A new study shows that 1.4 million Californians have used medical cannabis and an overwhelming majority of those users (92%) believe cannabis helped treat the symptoms of a serious medical condition. The study, which will be published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Review, challenges the commonly held perception that medical cannabis is being overused by healthy people and demonstrates that California’s medical cannabis laws are providing real relief to a lot of people. This scientific data is important and timely, given that lawmakers, voters, and the courts will be making important decisions in the next two years that will affect who can get medical cannabis and how for years to come. Those choices need to be informed by facts, not misperceptions.

Read the abstract and buy copies of “Prevalence of medical marijuana use in California, 2012”, Drug and Alcohol Review (2014), DOI 10.111/dar. 12207 here.

Patients and advocates will probably not be surprised by the facts that a lot of Californians (5% overall) have used medical cannabis and that almost all of them report positive outcomes. We have been saying that for decades. In fact, the authors’ estimates of use in the state mirror earlier estimates by Dale Gieringer, Ph.D., from California NORML. This report is significant, however, because it is the first estimate based on a large dataset that is representative of the state’s population. The California Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, which is an ongoing cross-sectional telephone survey, interviewed more than 7,500 Californians in English and Spanish to generate this data.