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States With Medical Marijuana Have Fewer Auto Accident Fatalities
According to a study published in the November issue of the American Journal of Public Health, states with functioning medical marijuana programs experience less fatal alcohol-related traffic accidents than states that have not legalized medical marijuana. Furthermore, the study shows a decrease in alcohol-related traffic fatalities after states’ enacting of medical marijuana programs.
The trend was especially present in the adult-young adult age range (24-45). When striating the data to show only this age range, the decrease in alcohol-related traffic fatalities in states with medical marijuana programs is most significant.
Marijuana driving enforcement is hardly an exact science. Each individual state with legalized medical marijuana has its own laws on intoxication levels, possession limits, and public consumption limits. The enforcement of which is even more convoluted. This study and others similar are conducted in an attempt to change the narrative on public cannabis consumption. If medically legalized states see less alcohol-related deaths, it is a strong argument – from both sides of the political aisle – for the nationwide legalization of marijuana.
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