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Weed Wake-Up Call Analysis of Risk, Dangerousness, And Benefits Regarding Marijuana in an Online Social Forum

Abstract Marijuana legalization will likely result in increased marijuana consumption with uncertain social and health impacts. This thesis looks to share user perspectives on marijuana, specifically addressing how users represent marijuana risks, benefits, and uncertain or unknown dangers. Data were collected from an online social-media forum that initiated the discussion by prompting readers to reflect on marijuana risks in a context of growing accolades concerning its benefits. Grounded theory and thematic analysis were both utilized to identify consistent themes or patterns across user comments. It was found that users identified both benefits and risks of marijuana, while some users had disputes about certain known risks (such as impaired drivi... (more)
Created Date 2019
Contributor Vannoy, Joshua (Author) / Nadesan, Majia H (Advisor) / Walker, Michael (Committee member) / Ramsey, Ramsey E (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Communication / American history / Health education / Cannabis / Dangerousness / History / Marijuana / Medical Education / Risk
Type Masters Thesis
Extent 150 pages
Language English
Note Masters Thesis Communication 2019
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
Additional Formats MODS / OAI Dublin Core / RIS

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