A team of investigators from the University of Michigan and the Ann Arbor VA Center for Clinical Management Research assessed the prevalence of marijuana use among a nationally representative sample of military veterans.
Among those respondents who acknowledged past year cannabis use, 41 percent classified their use as medical – a percentage that is twice as high as is reported by adults in the general population. Veterans who used cannabis for therapeutic purposes were less likely to meet criteria for alcohol use disorder and were less likely to engage in recent heavy episodic alcohol use as compared to those respondents who reported using marijuana for non-medical purposes.
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Authors concluded, “For policy-makers it is important to know that medical cannabis use is already common among veterans so they are likely to be disproportionately affected by any changes in the legal status of medical and/or recreational cannabis use.”
In August, the American