Why do some people want to legalize cannabis use?
AbstractPreferences and attitudes to illicit drug policy held by individuals are likely to be an important influence in the development of illicit drug policy. Amongst the key factors impacting on an individual’s preferences over substance use policy are their beliefs about the costs and benefits of drug use, their own drug use history, and the extent of drug use amongst their peers. We use data from the Australian National Drug Strategy's Household Surveys to study these preferences. We find that current use and past use of cannabis are a major determinants of being in favor of legalization. We also find that cannabis users are more in favor of legalization the longer they have used cannabis and, among past users, the more recent their own drug using experience. This may be reflecting the fact that experience with cannabis provides information about the costs and benefits of using this substance. We also find some evidence that peers use of cannabis impacts on preferences towards legalization.
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- Williams, J. & Ours, J.C. van & Grossmann, M., 2011. "Why Do Some People Want to Legalize Cannabis Use?," Discussion Paper 2011-007, Tilburg University, Center for Economic Research.
- Jenny Williams & Jan C. van Ours & Michael Grossman, 2011. "Why Do Some People Want to Legalize Cannabis Use?," NBER Working Papers 16795, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
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- I18 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health
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