From the press release…..HOUSTON – With the passage of the Compassionate Use Act in 2015, the state of Texas officially recognized cannabis as medicine. Still, most Texas patients are excluded from participating in the Compassionate Use Program (CUP) due to restrictions in state law.
Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy conducted a recent survey of 2,866 Texas residents who use medical cannabis illicitly to gain insight into the needs and experiences of this population. The survey, led by Baker Institute drug policy experts Viridiana Edwards and Katharine Neill Harris, was conducted online between Aug. 11 and Oct. 6, 2020.
Twenty-two percent of respondents were military veterans, who were intentionally over-sampled to better capture medicinal cannabis use in this population. The link to the questionnaire was distributed primarily through the Foundation for an Informed Texas and its affiliated organizations, including Texas Veterans for Medical Marijuana Access.
In advance of a more in-depth report discussing their findings and the implications, Edwards and Neill Harris are sharing key results and recommendations to help inform ongoing drug policy discussions at the Texas Legislature.
Key findings (N = number of respondents. Due to the sensitive nature of the subject matter, respondents were able to skip questions. This results in variation in sample size across survey questions):
23% of respondents report that medical cannabis has decreased pain (517 respondents, N=2,302). 39% report that medical cannabis has improved quality of life (900 respondents, N=2,302).