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High on Life? Medical Marijuana Laws and Suicide


D. Mark Anderson


University of Washington - Economics

Daniel I. Rees


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

Joseph J. Sabia


American University


IZA Discussion Paper No. 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.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 51

Keywords: medical marijuana laws, marijuana, alcohol, suicide

JEL Classification: I10, I18

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Date posted: January 28, 2012  

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Anderson, D. Mark and Rees, Daniel I. and Sabia, Joseph J., High on Life? Medical Marijuana Laws and Suicide. IZA Discussion Paper No. 6280. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1994343

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D. Mark Anderson (Contact Author)
University of Washington - Economics ( email )
Seattle, WA
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
Joseph J. Sabia
American University ( email )
Washington, DC 20016
United States
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