Cannabis Use and Support for Cannabis Legalization

CentER Discussion Paper Series No. 2014-027

38 Pages Posted: 10 Apr 2014

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Ali Palali

Tilburg University - Department of Economics

Jan C. van Ours

Tilburg University - Department of Economics; University of Melbourne - Department of Economics

Date Written: April 9, 2014

Abstract

We investigate the determinants of the support for cannabis legalization finding a causal effect of personal experience with cannabis use. Current and past cannabis users are more in favor of legalization. We relate this to self-interest and inside information about potential dangers of cannabis use. While the effects of self-interest are not very surprising, the effect of inside information suggests that cannabis use may not be as harmful as cannabis users originally thought it was and not as harmful as non-users are inclined to think it is.

Keywords: cannabis use; opinions on cannabis policy

JEL Classification: I18, K14, C31

Suggested Citation

Palali, Ali and van Ours, Jan C., Cannabis Use and Support for Cannabis Legalization (April 9, 2014). CentER Discussion Paper Series No. 2014-027. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2422785 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2422785

Ali Palali (Contact Author)

Tilburg University - Department of Economics ( email )

P.O. Box 90153
Tilburg, 5000 LE
Netherlands

Jan C. Van Ours

Tilburg University - Department of Economics ( email )

P.O. Box 90153
Tilburg, 5000 LE
Netherlands
+31 13 466 2880 (Phone)
+31 13 466 3042 (Fax)

University of Melbourne - Department of Economics ( email )

Melbourne, 3010
Australia

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