National marijuana survey plan announced by Massachusetts consultant and UMass-Dartmouth – MassLive.com
HOLYOKE — The Cannabis Community Care and Research Network of Somerville Thursday said it will work with the University of Massachusetts in Dartmouth to mount a national survey of marijuana use.
“The survey is aimed to better understand consumer/patient demographics, attitudes, choices, methods of consumption and knowledge of cannabis products in legal cannabis states,” a press release said.
Dr. Marion McNabb, a physician and CEO and co-founder of the Cannabis Community Care and Research Network (“C3RN”), said she was announcing the survey Thursday at an event in Worcester.
The plan for the survey was approved by the institutional review board of UMass-Dartmouth and findings are to be published in a peer-reviewed journal and provided at conferences and forums, the press release said.
“Information from the national anonymous cannabis survey will be used to improve the understanding of the consumer and patient population as the new legal adult-use markets open across the United States and in Massachusetts this summer,” the press release said.
The survey will begin in a few weeks and last through 2020, the press release said.
C3RN, a marijuana industry consultant and advocate, led a forum here May 29 on marijuana’s potential to replace opioids for pain relief.
McNabb also said June 20 C3RN was beginning a project to research marijuana with AmeriCann Inc., a company based in Denver, Colorado that Reuters says handles consulting, design, construction and financing for marijuana businesses.
Little science-based findings exist regarding the impact of marijuana physically, emotionally, economically and socially, McNabb and other officials have said.
Together with the announcement of the national survey with UMass-Dartmouth, the marijuana research is intended to add scientific knowledge to what is a burgeoning industry, the press release said.
“There is a benefit for everyone: Medical cannabis research, as noted in the 2017 Health Effects of Cannabis and Cannabinoids Report, has historically