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Suicide Rates Fall in States With Legal Medical Marijuana

SouthCANN– The relationship between marijuana and mental health has received a great deal of attention from both proponents as well as opponents of medical marijuana legalization. But a joint study released this week by researchers at the University of Colorado, Montana State University and San Diego State University entitled Medical Marijuana Laws and Suicides by Gender and Age seems to show a clear correlation between medical marijuana and lower rates of suicide, especially in younger males.

According to a CATO Institute research brief, the relationship between marijuana use and suicide-related outcomes (e.g., depression, suicidal ideation, and suicide attempts) has been studied extensively, but there have been no previous attempts to estimate the relationship between medical marijuana laws and completed suicides, the tenth leading cause of death in the United States.

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