Despite the ongoing marijuana legalization trend, there are still fierce opponents who insist that lifting prohibition will lead to higher rates of mental illness or even suicide.
This just isn’t true, according to a new study.
Research recently undertaken by experts at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Yale Law School, Cato Institute and the Reason Foundation found that there is no correlation between cannabis use, suicide and mental illness.
This latest study, following up on a 2013 study that had reached the same conclusion, found that recreational cannabis legalization is connected with a 6.29% reduction in suicide rates among males aged 40-49 and that no other "mental health outcomes were consistently affected by cannabis liberalization.”
Cannabis Legalization And Mental Illness
The new research relied on the same methodology by running “a state-level longitudinal analysis using suicide rates from the National Center …