Overwhelming majority support allowing medical marijuana for chronic pain management - 1,748 participants

Jul 20, 2016

New Hampshire’s medical marijuana law currently allows doctors to prescribe marijuana for a limited number of conditions, which does not include to manage chronic pain. Read more about this issue. On July 20, the LFDA decided to put the issue to its Facebook members, posting the question, “Should NH allow medical marijuana for chronic pain management?”

Should NH allow medical marijuana for chronic pain management?

Marijuana for Chronic Pain NH Citizen Voices Chart

Participation: 1,748 participants gave 4,042 responses.

A total of 88% of those participating gave a ‘yes or no’ response to the question. The remaining 12% of participants engaged in the discussion but did not give a ‘yes or no’ response. In total, 1,748 individuals from New Hampshire contributed a total of 4,042 responses or reactions to this question. Click here for details on our methodology. 

What Participants Said

Yes: An overwhelming majority, at 98% of ‘yes or no’ respondents, supported allowing medical marijuana for chronic pain management.

  • "If it's for chronic pain or to fight side effects of chemotherapy or people on hospice, doctors should be able give it to the patients.”
  • “Yes, it is a much better choice than an opioid. It would be safer to start at this level when severe pain is involved before escalating to an extreme drug that has a reputation of killing so many.”
  • “People should be allowed to choose the treatment they feel is right for them.”

No: A minority of ‘yes or no’ respondents, at 2%, opposed allowing medical marijuana for chronic pain management.

  • “No, because some will sell their weed to kids.”

Other: As noted above, 12% of those participating did not give a yes or no response, instead addressing their comments to related questions and issues. These included:

  • Broadening the discussion: “If it becomes legal, employers are put in the middle. However, Federal Labor Law protects workers with medical conditions. Classic catch 22.”
  • Questioning why people are against marijuana legalization in general: “It is less destructive than alcohol and they sell that right on the highways.”
  • Rhetorically discussing who is best qualified to make medical decisions: “Who knows how to treat patients? Medical professionals or elected legislators?”

*Editor selection of actual participant quotes. 

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