Cloudy with a Chance of Munchies: Assessing the Impact of Recreational Marijuana Legalization on Obesity Using a Synthetic Control Approach

28 Pages Posted: 24 Nov 2020

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Glenn Furton

Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics; Texas Tech University

Veeshan Rayamajhee

Center for the Study of Public Choice and Private Enterprise

Michael Makovi

Northwood University

Raymond March

North Dakota State University - Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economics; North Dakota State University - NDSU Center for the Study of Public Choice and Private Enterprise

Date Written: October 6, 2020

Abstract

Obesity in the US arguably constitutes the most significant health epidemic over the past century. Recent legislative changes allowing for recreational marijuana use further create a need to better understand the relationship between marijuana use and health choices, leading to obesity. We examine this relationship by using a synthetic control approach to examine the impact of legalized recreational marijuana access on obesity rates by comparing Washington State to a synthetically constructed counterfactual. We find that recreational marijuana's introduction did not lead to increased obesity rates and may have led to decreases in obesity.

Keywords: marijuana legislation, decriminalization, synthetic control, obesity, public health

JEL Classification: I12, I18, H75

Suggested Citation

Furton, Glenn and Rayamajhee, Veeshan and Makovi, Michael and March, Raymond, Cloudy with a Chance of Munchies: Assessing the Impact of Recreational Marijuana Legalization on Obesity Using a Synthetic Control Approach (October 6, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3705744 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3705744

Glenn Furton

Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics ( email )

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Texas Tech University ( email )

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Veeshan Rayamajhee

Center for the Study of Public Choice and Private Enterprise ( email )

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Michael Makovi

Northwood University ( email )

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Raymond March (Contact Author)

North Dakota State University - Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economics ( email )

Fargo, ND 58105
United States

North Dakota State University - NDSU Center for the Study of Public Choice and Private Enterprise

811 2nd Ave N.
Fargo, ND 58102
United States

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