## Elasticities and Price Controls, Microeconomics

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Suppose that two anti-marijuana proposals are currently being debated in Congress. Proposal I will reduce the supply of marijuana and cause its price to rise by 7%. Proposal II will reduce the tax on beer and cause its price to fall by 5%. Based on recent estimates, the price elasticity of demand for marijuana is -1.10 and the cross-price elasticity of demand between marijuana and beer is 1.30. If the only objective of the anti-marijuana proposals is to reduce marijuana consumption by the greatest amount, which proposal would you recommend and by how much will it reduce consumption?

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