Researchers behind dispensary users study want to know how, when, where, and why you buy cannabis (Dr. M-J Milloy)

While the amount of data about cannabis and its various applications has been on the rise, information about the people who use it hasn't quite seen the same level of growth.

That's why a local research organization is looking to Vancouverites as it conducts the first study of its kind: the Vancouver Cannabis Dispensary Users Study will find out how, where, when and why cannabis users in the Lower Mainland access the most widely-used illicit drug on the planet.

“There's a really big gap in the scientific literature, as in, there are very, very few studies of cannabis use conducted among the general cannabis using population,” said M-J Milloy, the research scientist at the B.C. Centre on Substance Use (BCCSU) behind the organization's latest undertaking. He's also an assistant professor at UBC, a partner in the study, and a scientist with the B.C. Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS

Amanda Siebert reports

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