Scott Lantz thesis defense in Applied Economics
- Tuesday, April 28, 2020 to Monday, April 27, 2020, from 2:00pm to 3:00pm
- WebEx https://montana-student.webex.com/montana-student/j.php?MTID=maf6ffadd1d85305a7b1c1f2f23610c89
Scott Lantz, master's candidate in Applied Economics, will defend his thesis "The Repeal of Montana’s Medical Marijuana Act and Traffic Fatalities." The defense is open to the public through WebEx at the following link:
About the research: Over the last several years, marijuana legalization has become a popular piece of state legislation. While most legislation is focused on the passage of these laws for marijuana use, Montana, in 2011, rescinded a previously passed medical marijuana law with Senate Bill 423.
This thesis examines the relationship between rescinding a medical marijuana law and traffic fatalities, one of the leading causes of death in America, in Montana after Senate Bill 423 was passed.
Lantz tests for a causal effect using a synthetic control approach along with a weighted regression using data from the Fatal Analysis and Reporting System with data from 2001-2017. He finds that the synthetic control groups saw similar patterns in traffic fatalities despite not rescinding a medical marijuana law.
The weighted regression analysis also shows that there is no statistical difference in traffic fatalities after the policy in Montana.
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