A new survey out of Texas reveals that, according to the data they gathered, 61 percent of the state’s medical cannabis users turn to medical cannabis as a replacement for prescription drugs. 

The survey, which comes from InformedTexas.org and was carried out by Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy in conjunction with Texas NORML, revealed that over 60 percent of patients who admitted to using medical cannabis also reported that they used it to replace prescriptions meds that they preferred not to take. 

The survey looked at a sample size of 2,900 people and asked them about their medical cannabis use. Sixty-one percent of those who answered claimed they “replaced” drugs like opioids or benzodiazepines with medical cannabis. This is similar to the information found in several similar studies, but noteworthy due to how recently the survey was conducted and the amount of people reached. 

“With the passage of the Compassionate Use Act in 2015, the state of Texas officially recognized that cannabis is medicine,” background info on the survey explains. “Still, the vast majority of Texas patients are excluded from participating in the Compassionate Use Program (CUP) due to restrictions in the state’s law. Our recent survey of 2,866 Texas residents

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