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Title: Cannabis Use and Support for Cannabis Legalization

Author(s): Ali Palali and Jan C. van Ours

Publication Date: April 2014

Keyword(s): cannabis use and opinions on cannabis policy

Programme Area(s): Public Economics

Abstract: We investigate the determinants of the support for cannabis legalization finding a causal effect of personal experience with cannabis use. Current and past cannabis users are more in favor of legalization. We relate this to self-interest and inside information about potential dangers of cannabis use. While the effects of self-interest are not very surprising, the effect of inside information suggests that cannabis use may not be as harmful as cannabis users originally thought it was and not as harmful as non-users are inclined to think it is.

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Palali, A and van Ours, J. 2014. 'Cannabis Use and Support for Cannabis Legalization'. London, Centre for Economic Policy Research.