Most Medical Marijuana Patients Are White, Educated, and Employed, Study Says
|Just your average stoner|
Meet your typical medical marijuana patient.
A study conducted by a sociology professor at the University of California at Santa Cruz has some interesting revelations about the state's medical cannabis patient population. Craig Reinarman analyzed about 1,746 people seeking doctor's recommendations for medical marijuana at medical clinics throughout the state between July and September of 2006.
What he found was that 75 percent of patients surveyed were male, and over half were white. They're also more likely to hold jobs than the California population as whole -- and they use medical cannabis as a substitute for prescription drugs -- and in some cases, alcohol.
What's even more compelling is that 40 percent said had never used marijuana prior to becoming a patient. A gateway drug, indeed.
The study is admittedly narrow: There's no way to judge whether the patients who were surveyed are an representative sample of the whole, Reinarman writes. And on top of that, without federal approval for clinical research as well as a larger sample size, many of the conclusions come down to informed speculation.
Up Next: Read about why women are more reluctant to use marijuana.