Cannabis Use When it's Legal
CentER Discussion Paper No. 2005-12
32 Pages Posted: 21 Feb 2005
Date Written: January 2005
This paper uses information about prime age individuals living in Amsterdam, to study whether the use of alcohol, or tobacco stimulates the use of cannabis, i.e., whether alcohol or cannabis are stepping stones for cannabis. The special element of the study is that it concerns the use in an environment where not only alcohol and tobacco but also cannabis is a legal drug. It turns out that alcohol and cannabis are intertemporal substitutes, while tobacco and cannabis are intertemporal complements. Only tobacco is a stepping stone for cannabis use.
Keywords: Alcohol, tobacco, cannabis, stepping stone
JEL Classification: C41, D12, I19
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