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|Title:||High on life? Medical marijuana laws and suicide |
|Authors:||Anderson, D. Mark|
Rees, Daniel I.
Sabia, Joseph J.
|Issue Date:||2012 |
|Series/Report no.:||Discussion Paper series, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit 6280|
|Abstract:||Using state-level data for the period 1990 through 2007, we estimate the effect of legalizing medical marijuana on suicide rates. Our results suggest that the passage of a medical marijuana law is associated with an almost 5 percent reduction in the total suicide rate, an 11 percent reduction in the suicide rate of 20- through 29-year-old males, and a 9 percent reduction in the suicide rate of 30- through 39-year-old males. Estimates of the relationship between legalization and female suicides are less precise and are sensitive to functional form.|
|Subjects:||medical marijuana laws|
|Persistent Identifier of the first edition:||urn:nbn:de:101:1-201203064100|
|Document Type:||Working Paper|
|Appears in Collections:||IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)|
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