More People Are Claiming Disability in States With Legal Medical Cannabis, Research Suggests




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With medical marijuana permitted in 30 states and the District of Columbia, many patients across the United States now have ability to treat their debilitating conditions without fear of persecution or having to depend on the black market. Although legalization has been largely beneficial, an interesting study showcases an unintended consequence that may have stemmed from medical pot.

A team of researchers from Temple University, Johns Hopkins University and the University of Cincinnati recently discovered that states with medical marijuana laws on the books have seen an increase in people making Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) claims. The working paper suggests that SSDI claims have rose by 9.9 percent following the passage of legislation, while benefits have only increased 2.6 percent.

Additionally, the researchers also discovered a similar trend among workers’ compensation (WC) claims. While their analysis…