FAQ for Patients

Evaluating the Geography of Medical Cannabis Facilities on Crime, Price, and Use

Bridget Freisthler, Ph.D. and associates from the School of Public Affairs at the University of California, Los Angeles are conducting a research study. You can participate in this study because you are over 18 and use this medical marijuana dispensary. Your participation in this research study is voluntary.

  1. Why is this study being done?
  2. What will happen if I take part in this research study?
  3. How long will I be in the research study?
  4. Are there any risks or discomforts that I expect from this study?
  5. Are there any benefits if I participate?
  6. Will I be paid for my participation?
  7. How will information about me and my participation be kept confidential?
  8. What are my rights if I take part in this study?
  9. Who can I contact if I have questions about this study?

WHY IS THIS STUDY BEING DONE?

The goal of the survey is to understand how use of medical marijuana is related to health conditions and how dispensaries are used by patients of these dispensaries. This information will be used by researchers, social service agencies, and others to determine how to improve neighborhoods and social services for families and individuals living around these dispensaries.

WHAT WILL HAPPEN IF I TAKE PART IN THIS RESEARCH STUDY?

If you volunteer to participate in this study, the researcher will ask you to do the following:

First, you will be asked to complete a short 5 – 10 minute survey on basic information about yourself, and the products you purchased today at the dispensary.

Second, you will be asked to log on to a web survey within 72 hours and complete a longer survey (about 30 minutes) that asks questions about your use of medical marijuana, the places you obtain medical marijuana, and your general health and wellbeing.

HOW LONG WILL I BE IN THE RESEARCH STUDY?

Participation in the study will take a total of less than one hour for about one week, until you complete the web survey.

ARE THERE ANY RISKS OR DISCOMFORTS THAT I CAN EXPECT FROM THIS STUDY?

The survey contains some personal and sensitive information such as that pertaining to your marijuana use and health conditions. If some of the more sensitive information gathered in the survey were to become known to peers or local authorities it might result in some harm or discomfort to you. You may be concerned about their own medical marijuana use behaviors and problems as a result of answering the survey questions.

ARE THERE ANY BENEFITS IF I PARTICIPATE?

You will not directly benefit from participation in this study.

The results of the research may provide information about whether or not dispensaries are related to any changes in crime or marijuana use by the general public. It will also provide important information about who uses these dispensaries and how it affects long-term health condition.

WILL I BE PAID FOR MY PARTICIPATION?

You will receive $20 for participating in this initial short survey. You will receive an additional $30 when you participate in a longer web survey.

HOW WILL INFORMATION ABOUT ME AND MY PARTICIPATION BE KEPT CONFIDENTIAL?

Any information that is obtained in connection with this study and that can identify you will remain confidential. It will be disclosed only with your permission or as required by law. Confidentiality will be maintained by means of removing any identifying information from the data forms and electronic databases. Members of the research team will only have access to your de-identified data in order to maintain confidentiality

WHAT ARE MY RIGHTS IF I TAKE PART IN THIS STUDY?

Taking part in this study is your choice. You can choose whether or not you want to participate. Whatever decision you make, there will be no penalty to you and you will not lose any of your regular benefits.

  • You have a right to have all of your questions answered before deciding whether to take part.
  • If you decide to take part, you can leave the study at anytime.
  • If you decide to stop being in this study you should notify the research team right away. The researchers may ask you to complete some procedures in order to protect your safety.

WHO CAN I CONTACT IF I HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT THIS STUDY?

The Research Team:

You may contact Bridget Freisthler, Ph.D. at 310-206-1602 or use our contact form with any questions or concerns about the research or your participation in this study.

UCLA Office of the Human Research Protection Program (OHRPP):

If you have questions about your rights while taking part in this study, or you have concerns or suggestions and you want to talk to someone other than the researchers about the study, you may contact the UCLA OHRPP by phone: (310) 825-7122 or U.S. mail: UCLA OHRPP, 11000 Kinross Ave., Suite 102, Box 951694, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1694.

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