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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?
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    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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