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Keshar M. Ghimire

Business and Economics Department
University of Cincinnati - Blue Ash
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Institutional Affiliation: University of Cincinnati - Blue Ash

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September 2017Medical Marijuana Laws and Disability Applications, Receipts, and Terminations
with Johanna Catherine Maclean, Lauren Hersch Nicholas: w23862
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.
 
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