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    I am planning on conducting a study with regards to marijuana use. I am fully aware that I cannot administer it. Are there any ethical complications with regards to questionaires regarding amount of use etc?

    There are many issues with doing research of this nature.

    Firstly you need to consider where you're getting your participants from. There will be a very big difference between marijuana use in a university population than in a drug rehabilitation community, for example.

    Do you envisage that people will tell the truth? It's a tricky subject, and the majority of people may not be willing to openly admit to taking drugs; let alone a large amount of them.

    If you're talking to people about drugs, you have to be aware that some may have had an addiction currently or in the past, and answering a question about drug use may cause a relapse.

    It's a very dodgy topic really, unless you're incredibly careful and have got approval from your tutor for the wording of your questions and your participants.
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