Event Title

The Effects of Marijuana Legalization on High School Graduation and School Suspension Rates

Location

Parker-Reed, SSWAC

Start Date

30-4-2015 9:00 AM

End Date

30-4-2015 10:55 AM

Project Type

Poster

Description

In November 2012, Colorado and Washington state voters approved ballot measures that would legalize recreational marijuana usage. Those in favor of the initiative argued that the regulation of the substance would increase tax revenues, decrease crime rates, and stimulate economic growth in the state. Those against the proposition argued that the legalization would actually increase crime rates, and adversely impact the academic achievement of teens in the respective states. With the political atmosphere currently teetering int he United States, Colorado and Washington provide unique case studies which delve into the actual realities of marijuana legalization. our paper seeks to further address these questions, specifically, whether high school graduation rates, dropout rates, and school suspension rates are impacted by the recent marijuana legislation.

Faculty Sponsor

Daniel LaFave

Sponsoring Department

Colby College. Economics Dept.

CLAS Field of Study

Social Sciences

Event Website

http://www.colby.edu/clas

ID

1273

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Apr 30th, 9:00 AM Apr 30th, 10:55 AM

The Effects of Marijuana Legalization on High School Graduation and School Suspension Rates

Parker-Reed, SSWAC

In November 2012, Colorado and Washington state voters approved ballot measures that would legalize recreational marijuana usage. Those in favor of the initiative argued that the regulation of the substance would increase tax revenues, decrease crime rates, and stimulate economic growth in the state. Those against the proposition argued that the legalization would actually increase crime rates, and adversely impact the academic achievement of teens in the respective states. With the political atmosphere currently teetering int he United States, Colorado and Washington provide unique case studies which delve into the actual realities of marijuana legalization. our paper seeks to further address these questions, specifically, whether high school graduation rates, dropout rates, and school suspension rates are impacted by the recent marijuana legislation.

http://digitalcommons.colby.edu/clas/2015/program/9