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The Long and Winding Road to Cannabis Legalization

Jan van Ours ()

No 2011-126, Discussion Paper from Tilburg University, Center for Economic Research

Abstract: In almost all countries supply, distribution and use of cannabis is prohibited. Nevertheless, cannabis is the most popular illicit drug. Prohibition does not seem to work. The debate on legalization of cannabis is often emotional with strong views of both proponents and opponents but ignorance prevails. There are supposedly detrimental health effects of cannabis use but researchers debate whether they are causal or mere associations. As long as nowhere in the world cannabis is legalized it is difficult to get a clear idea about the effects of legalization. Rather than muddling through for several decades it would be wise to start moving on the long and winding road to cannabis legalization.

Keywords: Cannabis use; Effects of use; cannabis legalization (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I18 K42 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2011
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