Public perceptions of medical cannabis diversion: A legal and moral dilemma

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The study examined public perception in Israel of the severity of medical cannabis diversion, its morality, and normativeness. The sample included 380 participants who completed a quantitative questionnaire to respond to four scenarios about diverting medical cannabis to a person with/without a license and with/without a small payment (a 2×2 design). The findings show that although the participants received advance information about the severity of medical cannabis diversion as a drug trafficking offense, they perceived the severity of the offense as moderate, and as an act that is at least moderately moral and normative. The findings are explained based on moral theories. We discuss the implications of the findings in relation to the gap between public attitudes and legal policy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1264-1275
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Health Psychology
Issue number13
StatePublished - Nov 2023


  • drug policy
  • health psychology
  • medical cannabis
  • moral dilemma
  • prescription drug diversion


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