Medical Cannabis: A Framing Analysis of Israeli Newspaper Coverage

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Medical cannabis is a topic of increasing debate. To investigate this issue, we conducted a content analysis of Israeli news coverage of medical cannabis from 2007 to 2013. A deductive framing analysis examined three elite issue frames—medical, policy, and law enforcement. Additionally, inductive analysis revealed a a fourth, nonelite patients’ frame. Each frame was associated with a distinct pattern of textual elements, including portrayal of patients, references to cannabis, opinion about medical cannabis, and salience of scientific research. The most common and most stable frame was the policy frame. Implications for framing theory are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)675-702
Number of pages28
JournalScience Communication
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2015

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: This research was supported by the University of Haifa’s Department of Research and by an Israeli Pfizer Health Policy grant.

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© The Author(s) 2015.


  • framing
  • health communication
  • mass media
  • science

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science


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