Cannabis use and support for cannabis legalization

Ali Palali, Jan van Ours

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

7 Citations (Scopus)


We investigate the determinants of the support for cannabis legalization finding a causal effect of personal experience with cannabis use. Current and past cannabis users are more in favor of legalization. We relate this finding to self-interest and inside information about potential dangers of cannabis. While the self-interest effect is not very surprising, the effect of inside information suggests that cannabis use is not as harmful as cannabis users originally thought it was before they started consuming. Our analysis suggests that as the share of cannabis users in the population increases, support for cannabis legalization will also increase.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1747-1770
JournalEmpirical Economics
Issue number4
Early online dateSept 2016
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2017


  • cannabis use
  • Opinions on cannabis use
  • Mixed Proportional Hazard model
  • factor approach


Dive into the research topics of 'Cannabis use and support for cannabis legalization'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this