Medical marijuana took a bite out of alcohol sales. Recreational pot could take an even bigger one.

Medical marijuana took a bite out of alcohol sales. Recreational pot could take an even bigger one.

| December 1

Alcoholic beverage sales fell by 15 percent following the introduction of medical marijuana laws in a number of states, according to a new working paper by researchers at the University of Connecticut and Georgia State University.

The study adds to a growing body of evidence showing that marijuana availability can reduce alcohol consumption. Because experts generally agree that, on balance, alcohol use is more harmful to individuals and society than marijuana use, this would represent a significant public health benefit of marijuana legalization.

Medical marijuana took a bite out of alcohol sales. Recreational pot could take an even bigger one.






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