A study of four medical marijuana outlets in California suggests that many of their customers don’t fit the profile expected for businesses focused on sick patients.
Researchers found that some of the dispensaries attracted many customers outside of their immediate area and appeared to target specific ethnic, gender and/or age groups.
None of that would be expected if these outlets serviced only people with medical needs, according to the researchers.
“There are only so many potential medical marijuana users out there. At some point some of these businesses get creative and try to find ways to build their business,” said Bridget Freisthler, co-author of the study and professor of social work at The Ohio State University.
If they were truly selling only for medical purposes, these marijuana dispensaries should be acting much like pharmacies, Freisthler said.
“Pharmacies attract people who live in the neighborhood or maybe work nearby. If you need a prescription, you’re not going to go across…