Arkansans’ views on legal pot get look in UAMS study

Researchers at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences will conduct a first-of-its-kind survey to gauge Arkansans’ perceptions of medical marijuana before and after it’s available for use in the Natural State.

Representatives from Harvard, Johns Hopkins and McGill universities approached UAMS researchers last year about the survey opportunity. Although 28 other states have comprehensive medical marijuana programs, surveyors have never before gathered base line data on public perception of medical pot before it’s legalized.

Arkansans voted to legalize medical cannabis in 2016, and a state commission plans to award cultivation facility licenses later this month before doing the same for dispensary licenses later in the year.

Dr. William Fantegrossi, an associate professor in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology at UAMS’ College of Medicine, said the survey should provide data on a variety of questions, including: Why do some

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