A Californian with a job, an education, and every opportunity this society can afford him (minus perfect health).
Meet your typical medical marijuana patient.
A study conducted by a sociology professor at the University of California at Santa Cruz has some interesting revelations about the state's medical cannabis patient population. Craig Reinarman analyzed about 1,746 people seeking doctor's recommendations for medical marijuana at medical clinics throughout the state between July and September of 2006.
What he found was that 75 percent of patients surveyed were male, and over half were white. They're also more likely to hold jobs than the California population as whole -- and they use medical cannabis as a substitute for prescription drugs -- and in some cases, alcohol.