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Study: Medical Marijuana Reduces Auto Accidents & Alcohol UseSalem-News.com
The economists analyzed traffic fatalities nationwide, including the 13 states that legalized medical marijuana between 1990 and 2009.
(DENVER) - A study by the University of Colorado Denver and Montana State University shows that laws legalizing Medical Marijuana have resulted in a nearly 9 percent drop in traffic deaths and a 5 percent reduction in beer sales.
The study is the first to examine the relationship between the legalization of Medical Marijuana and traffic deaths.
Anderson noted that traffic deaths are significant from a policy standpoint:
The economists analyzed traffic fatalities nationwide, including the 13 states that legalized medical marijuana between 1990 and 2009. In those states, they found evidence that alcohol consumption by 20- through 29-year-olds went down, resulting in fewer deaths on the road.
They noted that simulator studies conducted by previous researchers suggest that drivers under the influence of alcohol tend to underestimate how badly their skills areimpaired. They drive faster and take more risks. In contrast, these studies show thatdrivers under the influence of marijuana tend to avoid risks.
“Medical Marijuana Laws, Traffic Fatalities, and Alcohol Consumption” can be found here.
Source: Popular Resistance
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