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
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
Date posted: November 28, 2011
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