Medical Marijuana Laws and Teen Marijuana Use

47 Pages Posted: 28 Jul 2014 Last revised: 23 Jul 2021

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D. Mark Anderson

Montana State University - Bozeman - Department of Agricultural Economics and Economics

Benjamin Hansen

University of Oregon - Department of Economics; NBER; IZA

Daniel I. Rees

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

Date Written: July 2014

Abstract

While at least a dozen state legislatures in the United States have recently considered bills to allow the consumption of marijuana for medicinal purposes, the federal government is intensifying 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.

Suggested Citation

Anderson, D. Mark and Hansen, Benjamin and Rees, Daniel I., Medical Marijuana Laws and Teen Marijuana Use (July 2014). NBER Working Paper No. w20332, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2472789

D. Mark Anderson (Contact Author)

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Benjamin Hansen

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