The following is a letter from NORML’s Paul Armentano dated April 7, 2020:
Investigators affiliated with the University of Miami School of Nursing are seeking respondents to participate in an anonymous electronic survey to evaluate whether consumers have experienced changes in their frequency of cannabis use, dosing, access, or preferred methods of ingestion as a result of either COVID-19-related closures or emergency actions. The lead scientist on this project is Dr. Denise Vidot, who has previously authored several peer-reviewed studies assessing the overall health and behaviors of self-identified cannabis consumers. The investigators hope to collect ample epidemiological data to better drive public policy decisions.
I’ve been in communication with Dr. Vidot for many years and in one of her more recent communications she expressed her interest in having NORML make folks aware of this data collection effort. I have taken the survey, and I have also produced a blog post here: https://blog.norml.org/2020/04/06/participate-in-a-confidential-survey-assessing-cannabis-use-patterns-during-the-covid-19-pandemic/ highlighting it. I would encourage chapters to share this with their members in hopes of expanding the pool of respondents so that researchers will have data from a wide swath of the cannabis community.
A link to the online survey is live here: https://redcap.miami.edu/surveys/?s=7HM37DYR7C.
Further background information on the study is available here: https://news.miami.edu/stories/2020/04/experts-study-covid-19-and-cannabis-use.html.
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