Date Approved


Degree Type

Open Access Senior Honors Thesis

Department or School

Health Promotion and Human Performance

First Advisor

Joan Cowdery

Second Advisor

Rodney K. McCurdy

Third Advisor

Colleen Croxall


Cannabis, specifically, marijuana has a complicated history in the United States where it started off as an ingredient in medicines, went to become highly taboo and illegal, and now is slowly becoming legalized medically and recreationally in the United States. There are legal barriers in preventing research on marijuana making it difficult for all its benefits and detriments to be known and proven. Marijuana is most used among college students and people within the age range of 18-25 making them a priority population. Students (n""74) on Eastern Michigan University's (EMU) campus were randomly selected to participate in taking a 22-question descriptive survey to gather information on their knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs of marijuana and its use. Without the ability to conduct research on marijuana, there are many challenges that will arise affecting people's health and safety, especially with its growing legalization in the U.S.