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Study Finds Most Cancer Patients Want MMJ Info, But Few Get It

September 28, 2017
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How popular is medical cannabis among cancer patients in states that have legalized both medical and adult-use cannabis? Researchers at a National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center in Washington state set out to find out.

The survey, published this week in the medical journal Cancer, was conducted at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. Researchers found that 74% of eligible participants who completed the survey wanted information on medical marijuana from cancer providers.

Their chances of receiving that information, though, fell somewhere between slim and none.

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According to the same study, fewer than 15% of those patients received information about medical marijuana from their cancer physician or nurse.

Most sought out information from friends or family, newspaper articles, other cancer patients, and cannabis resource websites like Leafly. Of the 926 patients who completed the survey, only 73 (or 8%), said they did not want to receive any information on medical marijuana.

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Gage Peake is a former staff writer for Leafly, where he specialized in data journalism, sports, and breaking news coverage. He's a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's College of Journalism and Mass Communications.

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