Marijuana Policy Diffusion In The United States

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Jackson Valentine (Creator)
Appalachian State University (ASU )
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Adam Newmark

Abstract: The diffusion of marijuana policy in the United States is a relatively new area of study in political science. I uncover some of the causes and methods of marijuana diffusion in this thesis by organizing my data from all 50 states in an Event History Analysis to measure what causes a state to increase its likelihood of adoption. Using fiscal health of the state, ideological position in the government and in the citizenry, partisan control of a state, and amount of surrounding state with a pro-marijuana policy, I examine how these variables affect each state’s likelihood to adopt. With a series of Cox Proportional Hazards models, I determine (1) that states generally adopt pro-marijuana policies when they are in a good fiscal situation, (2) more liberal and Democratic states are more likely to adopt a pro-marijuana policy, and (3) recreational and medical marijuana policies spread via regional diffusion.

Additional Information

Valentine, J. (2020). Marijuana Policy Diffusion In The United States. Unpublished Master’s Thesis. Appalachian State University, Boone, NC.
Language: English
Date: 2020
Marijuana Policy, Regional Diffusion, Innovation, Event History Analysis, Policy Adoption

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