92 Percent of Patients in California Back Medical Marijuana

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92 Percent of Patients in California Back Medical MarijuanaA survey done in 2013 that was published in the New England Journal of Medicine discovered that almost 8 out of 10 doctors backed medical marijuana use, reported the Washington Post.

Now, a Californian study found out that medical marijuana patients support it, with 92 percent saying that medical marijuana was effective for alleviating symptoms of chronic medical conditions such as epilepsy, cancer, chronic pain, migraine and arthritis.

The survey, which was called the California Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, a representative health poll of 7,525 California adults that was compiled by the Public Health Institute in conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control. The study researchers discovered that 5 percent of California adults reported having used medical marijuana to manage a “serious medical condition”.

“Our study’s results lend support to the idea that medical marijuana is used equally by many groups of people and is not exclusively used by any one specific group,” wrote the study’s authors.

The usage rates were similar in both men and women, with adults of all ages acknowledging as having used medical marijuana. However, younger adults were reported as more likely to seek it. Moreover, the differences among the races were very slight, at about three percentage points.

Meanwhile, voters in San Jose, California, will vote to reverse tough new rules on medical marijuana shops in favor of less strict ones. This is after the City Council voted in June to reduce the number of pot shops to certain industrial zones, while the remaining ones would have to implement expensive operational and safety standards.

This resulted in an uproar from medical marijuana activists who argued that nearly all the 80 dispensaries in San Jose would shut down by the time the new regulations take effect in the summer of 2015. The medical marijuana supporters threatened to reverse the new law at the ballot. So far, the group has collected 25,000 valid signatures to endorse the ballot proposal, with only 5,000 more signatures remaining. To register for a free 2-week subscription to ForexMinute Premium Plan, visit www.forexminute.com/newsletter.

To contact the reporter of this story; Jonathan Millet at john@forexminute.com