Study: Medical Cannabis Laws Associated with Reduced Obesity-Related Medical Costs

joint-120110The enactment of laws allowing the medical use of cannabis is associated with a decreased probability of obesity among the population, resulting in a $58 to $115 per-person annual decrease in obesity-related medical costs, according to a study published in the journal Health Economics.

“This study is the first to examine the effects of medical marijuana laws (MMLs) on body weight, physical wellness, and exercise”, researchers state. Using data from the 1990 to 2012 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System and a difference-in-difference approach, it was found that “the enforcement of MMLs is associated with a 2% to 6% decline in the probability of obesity.”

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