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Medical Marijuana Laws, Traffic Fatalities, and Alcohol Consumption


D. Mark Anderson


Montana State University - Bozeman - Department of Agricultural Economics and Economics

Daniel I. Rees


University of Colorado at Denver; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)


IZA Discussion Paper No. 6112

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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.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 46

Keywords: medical marijuana, traffic fatalities, alcohol consumption

JEL Classification: I00, I1

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Date posted: November 28, 2011  

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Anderson, D. Mark and Rees, Daniel I., Medical Marijuana Laws, Traffic Fatalities, and Alcohol Consumption. IZA Discussion Paper No. 6112. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1965129

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D. Mark Anderson (Contact Author)
Montana State University - Bozeman - Department of Agricultural Economics and Economics ( email )
Bozeman, MT 59717-2920
United States
Daniel I. Rees
University of Colorado at Denver ( email )
Box 173364
1250 14th Street
Denver, CO 80217
United States
National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)
1050 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States
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