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Title:High on life? Medical marijuana laws and suicide PDF Logo
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
marijuana
alcohol
suicide
JEL:I10
I18
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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