We study the effect of state recreational marijuana laws (RMLs) on workers’ compensation (WC)
benefit receipt among adults 40-62 years. We find that WC receipt declines in response to RML
adoption both in terms of the propensity to receive benefits and benefit amount. We estimate
complementary declines in non-traumatic workplace injury rates and the incidence of worklimiting disabilities. We offer evidence that the primary driver of these reductions is an
improvement in work capacity, likely due to access to an additional form of pain management
therapy.

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