Study Finds Medical Marijuana Legalization Associated with Fewer Traffic Fatalities

Legalizing medical marijuana reduces traffic fatalities, new research has found.

The study was published in the just-released February, 2017 issue of the American Journal of Public Health.

Using data from the 1985–2014 Fatality Analysis Reporting System (roughly 1.2 million accidents in total), 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 medical cannabis laws, and also “evaluated the association between marijuana dispensaries and traffic fatalities.”

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