Cannabis Decriminalization and the Age of Onset of Cannabis Use

J. Cervený, J.C. van Ours, Pavla Chomynova, Viktor Mravcik

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationTilburg
PublisherCentER, Center for Economic Research
Number of pages22
Volume2015-007
Publication statusPublished - 7 Jan 2015

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NameCentER Discussion Paper
Volume2015-007

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Keywords

  • Cannabis,
  • decriminalization
  • age of onset

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Cervený, J., van Ours, J. C., Chomynova, P., & Mravcik, V. (2015). Cannabis Decriminalization and the Age of Onset of Cannabis Use. (CentER Discussion Paper; Vol. 2015-007). Tilburg: CentER, Center for Economic Research.