Event Title

Effect of Medical Marijuana Laws on Crime and Patient Visits using a Fixed Effects Model

Mentor 1

Daniel Gervini

Location

Union Wisconsin Room

Start Date

24-4-2015 2:30 PM

End Date

24-4-2015 3:45 PM

Description

The legalization of medical marijuana has been controversial since its inception in California in 1996. Since that time, over 23 states and the District of Columbia have passed laws to implement various forms of medical marijuana legalization. There is much debate as to the benefits and risks of legalizing medical marijuana. Previous research has focused on potential effects on crime during 1990-2006. This project builds on this previous research by examining the potential effects on crime from 1995-2012. In addition, we also examine the potential effects of legalizing medical marijuana on the health of the population as well. Specifically, we use a fixed effects regression model on panel data from 1995-2012 for all 50 states and the District of Columbia to analyze the effect that implementing medical marijuana laws has had on property crime, violent crime, inpatient admission rates, and outpatient visit rates and compare this effect with states that have not implemented such laws.

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Apr 24th, 2:30 PM Apr 24th, 3:45 PM

Effect of Medical Marijuana Laws on Crime and Patient Visits using a Fixed Effects Model

Union Wisconsin Room

The legalization of medical marijuana has been controversial since its inception in California in 1996. Since that time, over 23 states and the District of Columbia have passed laws to implement various forms of medical marijuana legalization. There is much debate as to the benefits and risks of legalizing medical marijuana. Previous research has focused on potential effects on crime during 1990-2006. This project builds on this previous research by examining the potential effects on crime from 1995-2012. In addition, we also examine the potential effects of legalizing medical marijuana on the health of the population as well. Specifically, we use a fixed effects regression model on panel data from 1995-2012 for all 50 states and the District of Columbia to analyze the effect that implementing medical marijuana laws has had on property crime, violent crime, inpatient admission rates, and outpatient visit rates and compare this effect with states that have not implemented such laws.