Studies Find Legalizing Medical Cannabis Reduces Suicides and Traffic Fatalities

There have been a plethora of studies released in recent years which have shown the benefits of legalizing cannabis, whether for recreational or medicinal purposes. Two of the most substantial, eye-opening benefits of lesaved1galization that recent research has indicated, is a drastic decrease in both suicides, and traffic fatalities. Who would have known?

A study conducted in 2011 by the Institute for the Study of Labor, with help from researchers such as Daniel I. Rees of the University of Colorado’s Department of Economics, used a comprehensive statistical analysis to discover that states in the U.S. which have legalized medical marijuana saw a significant decrease in overall suicides Р5% in total.

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Updated Study Finds that Medical Cannabis Legalization Reduces Traffic Fatalities

We’ve written in the past about a 2011 study – conducted by researchers at Montana State University and the University of Colorado – which found that states which have legalized medical cannabis have seen a drasmmw_pot_112108_articletic reduction in traffic fatalities, due to a simultaneous decrease in alcohol consumption. This study was recently updated after researchers further analyzed the data, and was published in the most recent issue of the Journal of Law and Economics.

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