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Medical Marijuana Laws and Teen Marijuana Use


D. Mark Anderson


Montana State University - Bozeman

Benjamin Hansen


University of Oregon - Department of Economics

Daniel I. Rees


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

September 2012


Abstract:     
While at least a dozen state legislatures are considering bills to allow the consumption of marijuana for medicinal purposes, the federal government has recently intensified its efforts to close medical marijuana dispensaries. Federal officials contend that the legalization of medical marijuana encourages teenagers to use marijuana and have targeted dispensaries operating within 1,000 feet of schools, parks and playgrounds. Using data from the national and state Youth Risk Behavior Surveys, the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1997 and the Treatment Episode Data Set, we estimate the relationship between medical marijuana laws and marijuana use. Our results are not consistent with the hypothesis that legalization leads to increased use of marijuana by teenagers.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 45

Keywords: Marijuana, Youth Risky Behavior, Medical Marijuana Laws

JEL Classification: K4, I1, D8

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Date posted: May 28, 2012 ; Last revised: October 29, 2013

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Anderson, D. Mark and Hansen, Benjamin and Rees, Daniel I., Medical Marijuana Laws and Teen Marijuana Use (September 2012). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2067431 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2067431

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D. Mark Anderson
Montana State University - Bozeman ( email )
Bozeman, MT 59717-2920
United States
Benjamin Hansen (Contact Author)
University of Oregon - Department of Economics ( email )
Eugene, OR 97403
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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