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Open Access Dissertation

Date of Award

January 2013

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First Advisor

Mary Sengstock


After hundreds of years of use the medical properties of Marijuana have been marginalized in our society. Qualitative interview data was collected from medical marijuana patients and knowledgeable producers and activists in Michigan about their perceptions and observations on the medical use of marijuana. Patients consistently reported using marijuana to substitute or wean off prescription drugs. All patients and producers who were taking opiate narcotics claimed they reduced overall drug use, especially opiates, by using medical marijuana. Patients and caregivers also claimed medical marijuana was preferred over opiates, eased withdrawal from opiates, and in some cases was perceived as more effective at relieving pain. Other issues explored included the operation of the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act, the formation and operation of medical marijuana centers in the face of countervailing State and federal, opposition, and the varieties and effects of different strains of medical marijuana.

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