Marijuana Reduces Suicide Rates

marijuana suicide rates decrease

A new study titled “High on Life” Medical Marijuana Laws and Suicide has shown that using marijuana may reduce the thoughts of suicide.  The study comes from the same people that found that legalizing medical marijuana was associated with fewer deaths on the highways.

The study showed that they estimated the effect of legalizing medical marijuana on suicide rates.  The study was taken from using state level data for the period of 1990 through 2007.  The results suggest that the passage of a medical marijuana law is associated with an almost 5 percent suicide reduction total.  An astounding 11 percent suicide reduction for 20 through 29 year old men and a 9 percent suicide reduction for 30 through 39 year old men. 

The study said that estimates of the relationship between legalization and female suicides are less precise and are sensitive to functional form. 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.





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