Medical Marijuana and Crime

  title={Medical Marijuana and Crime},
  author={Edward Morse Shepard and Paul R. Blackley},
  journal={Journal of Drug Issues},
  pages={122 - 134}
State medical marijuana programs have proliferated in the United States in recent years. Marijuana sales are now estimated in billions of dollars per year with over two million patients, yet it remains unlawful under Federal law, and there is limited and conflicting evidence about potential effects on society. We present new evidence about potential effects on crime by estimating an economic crime model following the general approach developed by Becker. Data from 11 states in the Western… 

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