Nearly 70% of respondents received their marijuana prescription within the last four years.
Almost as many respondents get their marijuana from dispensaries as from federally-licensed distributors. A fifth of medical marijuana patients surveyed say they grow their own pot.
The majority of those surveyed prefer to smoke or vape the drug.
Pain management was the most common reason cited for using medical marijuana.
The medical marijuana users surveyed said they are most concerned about restrictions around growing their own plants.
How we gathered the data: BuzzFeed Canada distributed an online survey to medical marijuana patients across Canada with the assistance of licensed medical marijuana distributors, advocacy organizations, and dispensaries including: Tweed Inc, MariCann Inc., NORML Canada, WomenGrow Vancouver, Maritimers Unite for Medical Marijuana, the B.C. Compassion Club Society, the Canadian Students for Sensible Drug Policy, and the Cannabis Patients Association of Canada. We received a total of 342 responses and then eliminated those who said they do not currently have a medical prescription for marijuana. That left us with 244 respondents from all provinces and territories except Newfoundland and Labrador.
For more than 20 years, David Silverberg has been writing articles, poetry and producing shows in Toronto and across Canada. He was previously editor-in-chief of Digital Journal, an online news network featuring journalism from around the world. David has written for the Globe & Mail, Vice, Canadian Business, Quill & Quire, High Times, DesignEdge Magazine, Canadian Jewish News and many more.
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