Medical Marijuana Laws and Disability Applications, Receipts, and Terminations
NBER Working Paper No. 23862
We study the effect of state medical marijuana laws (MMLs) on disability claiming. MMLs allow qualifying patients to legally use marijuana for medical purposes. We examine Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) applications, new beneficiaries, and terminations. We use administrative data from the Social Security Administration coupled with a differences-in-differences design to study this question. We find that MML adoption increases application and new beneficiary rates, and reduces termination rates, although new beneficiary rate estimates are somewhat imprecise.
Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w23862
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