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

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A review of dozens of studies shows that legalizing cannabis has definite public health benefits, suggests a new working paper by two economists at the U.S.-based National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). Indeed, the review of literature on the public health consequences of legalizing medical and recreational cannabis — focusing on studies in economics journals and leading public policy, public health and medical journals — has convinced economists D. Mark Anderson and Daniel I. Rees. They conclude that giving the green light to marijuana has produced three distinct public health benefits: life-saving reductions in tobacco consumption, reduced alcohol use and traffic deaths and declining violent crime, according to the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE). Study suggests cannabis legalization ups weed use during preconception period Banning weed more damaging than weed itself: NORML Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police calls for decriminalization of simple drug possession 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 recreational weed has produced a fall in tobacco demand. “In…

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