"The Legalization of Recreational Marijuana: How Likely is the Worst-Case Scenario," is a talk presented by Daniel I. Rees, professor of economics at the University of Colorado, Denver.
The public health consequences of legalizing marijuana for recreational use will be discussed. This discussion will draw heavily on studies that have examined the legalization of medical marijuana, which are relevant because, in many states, the legalization of marijuana for medicinal purposes amounted to de facto legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes.
Prof. Rees will argue that the legalization of recreational marijuana will, on net, improve public health.
He received a BA at Oberlin College and a PhD at the Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations. Prof. Rees is interested in the determinants and consequences of risky adolescent behavior as well as the effects of prenatal stress on child health.
Currently, he is studying the anti-tuberculosis movement at the turn of the 20th century, the relationship between midwifery laws and maternal mortality, and the effect of naloxone access laws on opioid-related mortality.
Additionally, Prof. Rees is an IZA research fellow, editor in chief of the Economics of Education Review, and an associate editor of the Journal of Population Economics.
Sponsored by the Department of Economics.