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Title:Medical marijuana laws, traffic fatalities, and alcohol consumption PDF Logo
Authors:Anderson, D. Mark
Rees, Daniel I.
Issue Date: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:urn:nbn:de:101:1-201111303449
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

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