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The Effects of Medical Marijuana Laws on Illegal Marijuana Use


Yu-Wei Luke Chu


Victoria University of Wellington - School of Economics & Finance

April 22, 2013


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 10–15% after the passage

Number of Pages in PDF File: 61

Keywords: marijuana, medical marijuana laws, illegal drug use

JEL Classification: I10, I18, H75, K42

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Date posted: October 21, 2012 ; Last revised: June 28, 2013

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Chu, Yu-Wei Luke, The Effects of Medical Marijuana Laws on Illegal Marijuana Use (April 22, 2013). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2164778 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2164778

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Yu-Wei Luke Chu (Contact Author)
Victoria University of Wellington - School of Economics & Finance ( email )
P.O. Box 600
Wellington 6001
New Zealand
04 463 6855 (Phone)
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