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.”