Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/58584
Authors: 
Anderson, D. Mark
Rees, Daniel I.
Sabia, Joseph J.
Year of Publication: 
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: 
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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