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Weed isn’t all bad. Consider how it’s helped reduce tobacco use, traffic deaths and violent crime

The paper from NBER, a private, non-profit, non-partisan organization, considers a number of different outcomes, namely youth weed use, alcohol consumption, the abuse of prescription opioids, traffic fatalities and crime.

Anderson and Rees point out the literature dealing with the effects of medical marijuana laws (MMLs) had achieved almost near consensus. “As an example, leveraging geographic and temporal variation in MMLs, researchers have produced little credible evidence to suggest that legalization promotes marijuana use among teenagers. Likewise, there is convincing evidence that young adults consume less alcohol when medical marijuana is legalized,” states the paper, dated April 2021.

That is important, FEE reports, since both tobacco and alcohol consumption are associated with deaths from lung diseases and traffic deaths, respectively.

The foundation cited studies in the review that found medical marijuana laws are associated with a drop in cigarette use among teens and legalizing

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