College Enrollment Increases In States That Legalize Marijuana Without Hurting Graduation Rates, Study Finds

A newly published study of college enrollment data found that states’ adoption of recreational marijuana legalization (RML) “increases enrollments by approximately up to 9%, without compromising degree completion or graduation rate.” Increases in out-of-state enrollments further suggest the policy shift “boosts college competitiveness by offering a positive amenity,” the report says, with “no evidence that RML affects college prices, quality, or in-state enrollment.”

As for student performance, the study looked specifically at Washington and Colorado, both states that have been legalized for a long period of time. “RML exhibits a notable positive impact on graduation rates, contributing to increases of up to 2.7% points for bachelor’s degrees and 5.6% points for associate degrees,” the report says.

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