A landmark study by longtime public health data gatherers in Sacramento offers the public some baseline numbers to talk about when we talk about medical marijuana.
One in 20 California adults, roughly 1.4 million people, report having used medical marijuana to treat a serious illness. And an astounding 92 percent of those Californians report the drug was helpful for their condition. Medical marijuana use spans all ages, both genders, races, and counties.
Called “Prevalence of medical marijuana use in California, 2012” and published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Review (2014), this is the first time anyone has measured the prevalence of medical marijuana use in California, says study authors Suzanne Ryan-Ibarra, and Marta Induni, for Survey Research Group at Public Health Institute in Sacramento. Danielle Ewing co-authored. (Read more on the methodology and findings here.)
“This really adds to the literature,” said Induni. “This is the first estimate out there that’s population-based. This represents California, unlike other studies either in a clinical setting, or maybe taking a convenient guess.
Those conveniently guessing include police lobbyists like John Lovell, who said cops consider medical marijuana a giant con.
If it is, it would be the most elaborate, well-orchestrated con in history. Researchers were blown away when 92 percent of those who had reported ever using medical marijuana said it was helpful. No drug or policy enjoys that much support.
“I found that number, I don’t want to say staggering, but kind of staggering. To get that kind of agreement on anything is pretty astounding,” Induni said.
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