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The effects of medical marijuana laws on illegal marijuana use

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dc.contributor.author Chu, Yu-Wei Luke
dc.date.accessioned 2014-03-05T01:34:01Z
dc.date.accessioned 2022-07-06T22:21:19Z
dc.date.available 2014-03-05T01:34:01Z
dc.date.available 2022-07-06T22:21:19Z
dc.date.copyright 2014
dc.date.issued 2014
dc.identifier.uri https://ir.wgtn.ac.nz/handle/123456789/18822
dc.description.abstract Eighteen states and the District of Columbia have passed laws that allow individuals to use marijuana for medical purposes. There is an ongoing heated policy debate over whether these laws have increased marijuana use among non-patients. In this paper, I address that question empirically by studying marijuana possession arrests in cities from 1988 to 2008. I estimate fixed effects models with city-specific time trends that can condition on unobserved heterogeneities across cities in both their levels and trends. I find that these laws increase marijuana arrests among adult males by about 15–20%. These results are further validated by findings from data on treatment admissions to rehabilitation facilities: marijuana treatments increased by 10–20% after the passage of medical marijuana laws. en_NZ
dc.format pdf en_NZ
dc.language.iso en_NZ
dc.publisher Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington en_NZ
dc.relation.ispartofseries SEF Working paper ; 03/2014 en_NZ
dc.subject Marijuana en_NZ
dc.subject Medical marijuana laws en_NZ
dc.subject Illegal drug use en_NZ
dc.title The effects of medical marijuana laws on illegal marijuana use en_NZ
dc.type Text en_NZ
vuwschema.contributor.unit School of Economics and Finance en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcfor 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified en_NZ
vuwschema.type.vuw Working or Occasional Paper en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcforV2 420399 Health services and systems not elsewhere classified en_NZ
dc.rights.rightsholder www.victoria.ac.nz/sef/research/sef.working-papers en_NZ

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