Joint Study: Alcohol Sales Down 15% in U.S. Counties Which Allow Medical Cannabis

A grower holds a plant for sale at the medical marijuana farmers market at the California Heritage Market in Los Angeles, California, July 11, 2014. (Image via Reuters)
A grower holds a plant for sale at the medical marijuana farmers market at the California Heritage Market in Los Angeles, California, July 11, 2014. (Image via Reuters)

A joint study by three universities is shedding some light on a relationship between marijuana legalization and the sales of alcohol. 

It showed over the course of ten years, U.S. counties that allow medical marijuana witnessed a 15 percent reduction in monthly alcohol sales.

The study was conducted by the University of Connecticut, Georgia State University, and Universidad del Pacifico, Lima from 2006 to 2015, scanned grocery, convenience, drug stores selling alcohol or mass distribution to see if there was any effect following the legalization of weed.

“We find that the legalization of medical marijuana reduces alcohol consumption,” the study said. “We find consistent evidence,” it added.

They also said that the “effects are not short-lived.”  

Following legalization, “significant reductions observed up to 24 months.”

The study also compared alcohol sales to states that do not have medical marijuana laws. The study went into further details by comparing states before and after getting medical marijuana laws.

Demographics such as age, race, and economics were included.

Click HERE to read the finding.

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