Lawrence, KS: Nearly six out of ten pharmacy students believe that the therapeutic use of cannabis should be legal, according to survey data published in the American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education.
Investigators at the University of Kansas assessed students’ knowledge and attitudes toward the medical use of cannabis. Three hundred and eleven UK pharmacy students completed the survey.
Fifty-nine percent of respondents said, "[M]arijuana should be legalized for medicinal uses." Respondents who acknowledged having previously consumed marijuana themselves were far more likely to support legalizing cannabis therapy as compared to those with no prior history of use.
However, the majority of respondents also acknowledged that they felt uncomfortable answering consumers’ questions specific to the plant’s safety and efficacy. Few respondents reported receiving any school instruction specific to cannabis, and 90 percent of those surveyed indicated that more instruction on medical marijuana should be incorporated into their curriculum.
For more information, please contact Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director, at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Full text of the study, "Pharmacy students’ knowledge and attitudes regarding medical marijuana," appears online in Archives of Oral Biology.