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Does Medical Marijuana Reduce Suicides?

 

By Christopher Shea

 

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From the people who brought you the study that found that legalizing medical marijuana was associated with fewer deaths on the highways — possibly because people substitute marijuana for drinking — comes new contentious research involving pot. Its title is “High on Life? Medical Marijuana Laws and Suicide,” and this is the gist:

 

Using state-level data for the period 1990 through 2007, we estimate the effect of legalizing medical marijuana on suicide rates. Our results suggest that the passage of a medical marijuana law is associated with an almost 5 percent reduction in the total suicide rate, an 11 percent reduction in the suicide rate of 20- through 29-year-old males, and a 9 percent reduction in the suicide rate of 30- through 39-year-old males. Estimates of the relationship between legalization and female suicides are less precise and are sensitive to functional form.

 

It’s an IZA Discussion Paper , from January.

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Well from personal experience, it is very uplifting mentally and spiritually, for my mood. I've had depression for a long time & the prescription meds don't work as well as mmj, or more accurately, a combination of the two is working much better than prescription med alone.

 

It has helped my depression more than any anti-depressant ever did. For reasons I will not get into in public forum, I believe that this plant has saved my life.

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Does Medical Marihuana Reduce Suicides?

 

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By Christopher Shea

From the people who brought you the study that found that legalizing medical marijuana was associated with fewer deaths on the highways — possibly because people substitute marijuana for drinking — comes new contentious research involving pot. Its title is “High on Life? Medical Marijuana Laws and Suicide,” and this is the gist:

Using state-level data for the period 1990 through 2007, we estimate the effect of legalizing medical marijuana on suicide rates. Our results suggest that the passage of a medical marijuana law is associated with an almost 5 percent reduction in the total suicide rate, an 11 percent reduction in the suicide rate of 20- through 29-year-old males, and a 9 percent reduction in the suicide rate of 30- through 39-year-old males. Estimates of the relationship between legalization and female suicides are less precise and are sensitive to functional form.

It’s an IZA Discussion Paper, from January.

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