Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/58536
Authors: 
Anderson, D. Mark
Rees, Daniel I.
Year of Publication: 
2011
Series/Report no.: 
Discussion Paper series, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit 6112
Abstract: 
To date, 16 states have passed medical marijuana laws, yet very little is known about their effects. Using state-level data, we examine the relationship between medical marijuana laws and a variety of outcomes. Legalization of medical marijuana is associated with increased use of marijuana among adults, but not among minors. In addition, legalization is associated with a nearly 9 percent decrease in traffic fatalities, most likely to due to its impact on alcohol consumption. Our estimates provide strong evidence that marijuana and alcohol are substitutes.
Subjects: 
medical marijuana
traffic fatalities
alcohol consumption
JEL: 
I00
I1
Persistent Identifier of the first edition: 
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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