A new study out of California examines the state’s medical marijuana patient population and sheds some light on some of the misconceptions about patients themselves.

Dale Gieringer from California NORML provides an analysis of the study and has gleaned some very interesting findings.

*Medical cannabis use is higher than average among Blacks and Native Americans, lower among Latinos and Asians.

*73% of patients are male.

*Use is heaviest in the 25-44 year age group.

The study also breaks down reasons for use, pain being a reason cited by almost 83% of respondents from 9 California assessment clinics – taking the top spot – followed by use to improve sleep and relaxation.

Even more interesting:

51% use as a substitute for prescription medication (showing that medical cannabis may offer significant health cost savings)

Medical cannabis users report significantly lower alcohol & cocaine use than the average population,  supporting the substitution theory that more cannabis use may lead to less abuse of other drugs.

There is a growing body of evidence that cannabis can be used even to wean drug addicts off of dangerous substances, like the above-mentioned cocaine and alcohol. That’s something that opponents of medical marijuana will deny to the bitter end, no matter how much evidence there is.

Yet the truth can only be held back for so long. With the emergence of the internet  and social networking, information can no longer be contained. Instead it is broadcast worldwide and accessible by anyone whose home country isn’t clamping down on the web.

Fortunately we haven’t reached that point in the U.S. yet, so the truth has nothing to hold it back. The lies of the government and of those who have a vested interest in people continuing on the path to prescription pills and alcohol no longer stand up to scrutiny.

Medical marijuana patients are just like everyone else, except that they have chosen a safer alternative to manage their ailments.

- Joe Klare

  • Bob

    Would be interesting to see a list of percentages showing what ailments MMJ is being used for in Cali.
    My guess that Fibromyalgia, Mood Disorders and Arthritis are probably in the top three.

  • Bobby D.Denning

    The people who need it medically first and then anybody that wishes to use as a preventative are the ones who need the weed. In other words ( everyone .) many uses, many people, many needs. Time to get it right this time.

  • Charles Queen

    Better yet lets go nation wide.There are countless doctors, surgeons,prosecuters,D.A”s,judges and law enforcement people from local police to state police that all use marijuana daily especially after working all day.They use it to unwind.What I find disturbig thout is the fact that all of these people really do use it yet turn right around and arrest,prosecute and sentence people to jail time and prison time for nothing more than using it,this isn’t including growing or selling but just using.It’s estimated to cost taxpayers something like 50,000 dollars per year,per person who is arrested and locked up for only using marijuana.That adds up to one extremley large sum of money needless to say.With our current economic situation being what it is right now both federaly and at the state level legalizing marijuana for adult use nation wide would be the most intelligent and logical thing our country could do at this point in time

  • Beth

    Who did this study? The State? How did they make these conclusions? Most of this info is supposedly private — if not the state, then who else has access to this?

    The existence of this info is worrisome.

  • Philip Anderson

    Cannabis, get back to normal, whatever your normal Is.