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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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.”

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 – 5% 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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