Cannabis Decriminalization and the Age of Onset of Cannabis Use

CentER Discussion Paper Series No. 2015-007

22 Pages Posted: 28 Jan 2015

See all articles by Jakub Cerveny

Jakub Cerveny

Tilburg University - Center and Faculty of Economics and Business Administration

Pavla Chomynova

Czech National Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Addiction

Viktor Mravcik

Czech National Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Addiction

Jan C. van Ours

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

Date Written: January 27, 2015

Abstract

This paper examines the effect of a change in drugs policy on the age of onset of cannabis use. We use 2012 survey data from the Czech Republic where in 2010 a law was introduced decriminalizing personal possession of small quantities of several illicit drugs, including cannabis. We estimate the effect of the policy change using a mixed proportional hazards framework that models the starting rate of cannabis use, i.e. the transition to first cannabis use. We find that the decriminalization of cannabis did not affect the age of onset of cannabis use.

Keywords: Cannabis, decriminalization, age of onset

JEL Classification: I18, C41

Suggested Citation

Cerveny, Jakub and Chomynova, Pavla and Mravcik, Viktor and van Ours, Jan C., Cannabis Decriminalization and the Age of Onset of Cannabis Use (January 27, 2015). CentER Discussion Paper Series No. 2015-007. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2556731 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2556731

Jakub Cerveny

Tilburg University - Center and Faculty of Economics and Business Administration ( email )

P.O. Box 90153
Tilburg, 5000 LE
Netherlands

Pavla Chomynova

Czech National Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Addiction ( email )

Czech Republic

Viktor Mravcik

Czech National Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Addiction ( email )

Czech Republic

Jan C. Van Ours (Contact Author)

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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