Barriers to Cannabis Research: Press Release Falls Short

Sarah See Stith and Jacob Miguel Vigil, both from the University of New Mexico (Department of Economics and Psychology, respectively), recently penned a letter to Science regarding some of the federal barriers to studying cannabis by researchers.

I first noticed this letter via a post on the website Science Alert, “Scientists claim the US government is still limiting cannabis research“. However, what struck me as problematic was this quote:

“This has created a truly unique and an unnecessary paradox in modern medicine, in which physicians are authorising treatments to patients, and patients are regularly using medication without a scientific basis of knowledge on patient outcomes, forced rather to rely only on scientifically invalid or anecdotal information,” say Sarah Stith and Jacob Vigil from the University of New Mexico.

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New Mexico Medical Cannabis Survey 2013

Findings from the survey of New Mexico medical marijuana users shed new light on their conditions, their frequency of use, and methods of consumption. Continue reading New Mexico Medical Cannabis Survey 2013

Medical Marijuana Policy and Outcomes

At the 2016 Society for Prevention Research (SPR) conference held in San Francisco (May 31-June 3), I’ll be presenting and discussing the latest findings from my recent paper, “Trends in registered medical marijuana participation across 13 US states and District of Columbia“, published this February in the journal of Drug and Alcohol Dependence. Continue reading Medical Marijuana Policy and Outcomes