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Retail Marijuana Stores, Crime, and Traffic Fatalities

by Oldendorf, Daniel

Abstract

As of April 2017, 8 states and the District of Columbia have legalized recreational marijuana, but studies on the effects of legalization are limited. This study focuses on the effects of the regulation of marijuana sale on public health in Colorado’s counties. Certain counties in Colorado allow businesses to sell marijuana, while others do not. If alcohol and marijuana are economic substitutes, violent crime and traffic fatalities should be reduced. I find that the counties that allow retail marijuana dispensaries see a significant decrease in violent crime and unemployment for the first two years of legalization. My results also suggest these counties see a reduction in alcohol related traffic fatalities, but these results are not statistically significant by conventional methods.

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The author has given permission for this work to be deposited in the Digital Archive of Colorado College.

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Copyright
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Publisher
Colorado College Tutt Library
PID
coccc:27400
Digital Origin
born digital
Extent
36 pages
Thesis
Senior Thesis -- Colorado College
Thesis Advisor
Jessica Hoel
Department/Program
Economics and Business
Degree Name
Bachelor of Arts
Degree Type
bachelor
Degree Grantor
Colorado College Tutt Library
Date Issued
2017-05