Attitudes to legalizing cannabis use

Jenny Williams, Jan van Ours, M. Grossman

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Abstract

In this paper, we investigate the relationship between cannabis use and attitudes to legalizing the use of cannabis. Predictions from theory provide a means of learning about the roles of information, self interest and regret in explaining differences in attitudes to legalization between those who currently use, those who have used in the past and those who have never used. Our empirical investigation suggests that users have a greater awareness of cannabis not being as harmful as abstainers think it is. This may explain why individuals are more inclined to be in favor of legalizing cannabis once they have used it themselves.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1201-1216
JournalHealth Economics
Volume25
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2016

Keywords

  • cannabis use
  • synthetic panel data
  • learning by doing

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Williams, J., van Ours, J., & Grossman, M. (2016). Attitudes to legalizing cannabis use. Health Economics, 25(9), 1201-1216. https://doi.org/10.1002/hec.3340
Williams, Jenny ; van Ours, Jan ; Grossman, M. / Attitudes to legalizing cannabis use. In: Health Economics. 2016 ; Vol. 25, No. 9. pp. 1201-1216.
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Attitudes to legalizing cannabis use. / Williams, Jenny; van Ours, Jan; Grossman, M.

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