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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

"The Impact of State Medical Marijuana Laws on Social Security Disability Insurance and Workers' Compensation Benefit Claiming"

The title of this post is the title of this interesting new empirical paper available via SSRN authored by Catherine Maclean, Keshar Ghimire and Lauren Hersch Nicholas. Here is the abstract:

We study the effect of state medical marijuana laws (MMLs) on Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Workers' Compensation (WC) claiming.  We use data on benefit claiming drawn from the 1990 to 2013 Current Population Survey coupled with a differences-in-differences design.  We find that passage of an MML increases SSDI, but not WC, claiming on both the intensive and extensive margins.  Post-MML the propensity to claim SSDI increases by 0.27 percentage points (9.9%) and SSDI benefits increase by 2.6%. We identify heterogeneity by age and the manner in which states regulate medical marijuana.  Our findings suggest an unintended consequence of MMLs: increased reliance on costly social insurance programs among working age adults.

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/marijuana_law/2017/10/the-impact-of-state-medical-marijuana-laws-on-social-security-disability-insurance-and-workers-compe.html

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Medicare should cover marijuana, with no co-pays. Help those crazy Boomers calm down. They are history's Most Annoying Generation. They annoyed their parents. They are extremely annoying to their children. Worse, 100 is the new 60. They will not be going away soon.

Posted by: David Behar | Oct 9, 2017 1:45:01 AM

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