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Decriminalization Policy And Marijuana Smoking Prevalence: A Look At The Literature


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    (Division of Economics, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore; Department of Health Services University of California, Los Angeles, USA; Rand Corportation, USA)


    (Department of Economics, University of Southern California, USA; Nanyang Technological University, Singapore; City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong)


This paper reviews the literature on the impact of marijuana decriminalization policy on marijuana smoking prevalence. Due to mixed findings in the existing studies, we attempt to find a common basis to explain the different results across papers. The main purpose is to provide a coherent background as to what outcomes may be expected from certain type of data, econometric models, and explanatory variables. If possible, we also try to provide the explanation as to why certain results are found.

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Article provided by World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd. in its journal The Singapore Economic Review.

Volume (Year): 54 (2009)
Issue (Month): 04 ()
Pages: 621-644

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Handle: RePEc:wsi:serxxx:v:54:y:2009:i:04:p:621-644

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Keywords: Decriminalization; Marijuana Smoking Prevalence; I12; I18;

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  1. Liana Jacobi & Michelle Sovinsky, 2012. "Marijuana on main street: What if?," ECON - Working Papers, Department of Economics - University of Zurich 087, Department of Economics - University of Zurich.
  2. Niko De Silva & Benno Torgler, 2011. "Smoke Signals and Mixed Messages: Medical Marijuana & Drug Policy Signalling Effects," School of Economics and Finance Discussion Papers and Working Papers Series, School of Economics and Finance, Queensland University of Technology 272, School of Economics and Finance, Queensland University of Technology.


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