Legalizing Medical Cannabis Reduces Traffic Fatalities, Finds Study

Legalizing medical cannabis – including dispensaries – is associated with a reduction in traffic fatalities. This is according to a new study published by the American Journal of Public Health.

Using data from the 1985–2014 Fatality Analysis Reporting System, researchers “examined the association between MMLs [medical marijuana laws] and traffic fatalities in multilevel regression models while controlling for contemporaneous secular trends.” They examined this association “separately for each state enacting MMLs”, and also “evaluated the association between marijuana dispensaries and traffic fatalities.”

The study found that; “On average, MML states had lower traffic fatality rates than non-MML states. Medical marijuana laws were associated with immediate reductions in traffic fatalities in those aged 15 to 24 and 25 to 44 years, and with additional yearly gradual reductions in those aged 25 to 44 years.”

Study: Medical Cannabis Legalization Reduces Suicides

The legalization of medical cannabis significantly reduces suicide rates, especiallycannatube among young adults, according to a study published in the American Journal of Public Health.

For the study, researchers obtained 17 years worth of state-level suicide data from the National Vital Statistics System’s Mortality Detail Files, and used regression analysis – studying economic conditions, state policies, and state-specific linear time trends – to examine the association “between medical marijuana legalization and suicides per 100 000 population”.

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New Study: Medical Cannabis Legalization Has Reduced Suicides

A new study published in the American Journal of Public Health – which is an update of a 2011 study – has found that states which have legalized medical cannabis have seen a significantmedmedmed reduction in suicides, especially among young adults aged 20 to 29.

For the study, researchers “obtained state-level suicide data from the National Vital Statistics System’s Mortality Detail Files for 1990–2007. We used regression analysis [studying economic conditions, state policies, and state-specific linear time trends] to examine the association between medical marijuana legalization and suicides per 100 000 population.”

In doing so, researchers found that; “Legalization was associated with a 10.8% and 9.4% reduction in the suicide rate of men aged 20 through 29 years and 30 through 39 years, respectively.”

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