Cannabis study

To gauge the perceived public health benefits of medical marijuana, researchers at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences will conduct a groundbreaking five-year-long survey that could pave the way for understanding cannabis’ effect on health.

The survey — which can be found at — is a voluntary web survey that will take 30 to 40 minutes to complete. Baseline data is being collected now, before medical cannabis is available. Participants will be surveyed again six, 12 and 18 months after availability. After that the survey will be yearly.

It’s a unique opportunity. While other scientists have collected data about perceived health benefits in states where medical cannabis is legal, none have gotten in on the ground floor before the medical cannabis program began, Dr. Bill Fantegrossi, told the Times.

“It just kind of jumped out at me that here in Arkansas we’re in this unique position,” he said. “We can

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