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Medical-marijuana laws reduce traffic deaths, according to a new study, probably because people in states with such laws partly substitute marijuana for alcohol — and alcohol is more deadly when combined with driving.

Fifteen states plus the District of Columbia have passed medical-marijuana laws since 1996. Examining National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data before and after the passage of those laws, the researchers found a nearly 9% decrease in overall traffic fatalities. (The calculations also took account of trends in neighboring states.) That decline was caused entirely, or nearly so, by a drop in alcohol related traffic deaths.

MORE HERE http://tinyurl.com/7tteg6b


A new study suggests that legalizing medical marijuana reduces traffic fatalities. The authors noted that legalizing marijuana reduces alcohol consumption, and people are more wary of driving high than drunk. Which drug is actually more dangerous on the road?

Alcohol, and it’s not even close. It’s hard to directly compare alcohol and marijuana, because driving impairment depends on dosage and the two drugs tend to affect different skills. (Pot makes drivers worse at mindless tasks like staying in a lane, while alcohol undermines behaviors that require more attention like yielding to pedestrians or taking note of stop signs.) Nevertheless, Yale psychiatrist Richard Sewell reviewed the academic literature on driving while intoxicated in a 2009 article, and found that alcohol is significantly more dangerous. Real-world data from auto accidents indicate that a drunk driver is approximately 10 times more likely to cause a fatal accident than a stoned driver. In most studies, smoking one-third of a joint or less has virtually no impact on a driver’s performance. A couple of studies even suggest that pot smokers are less likely to cause an accident than sober drivers.

MORE HERE http://tinyurl.com/6uuxtzv


A groundbreaking new study shows that laws legalizing medical marijuana have resulted in a nearly nine percent drop in traffic deaths and a five percent reduction in beer sales.

"Our research suggests that the legalization of medical marijuana reduces traffic fatalities through reducing alcohol consumption by young adults," said Daniel Rees, professor of economics at the University of Colorado Denver who co-authored the study with D. Mark Anderson, assistant professor of economics at Montana State University.

The economists analyzed traffic fatalities nationwide, including the 13 states that legalized medical marijuana between 1990 and 2009. In those states, they found evidence that alcohol consumption by 20- through 29-year-olds went down, resulting in fewer deaths on the road.

MORE HERE http://tinyurl.com/cdjglq5


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Actvist1 commented on Sunday, Nov 11, 2012 at 14:14 PM

Now that Washington and Colorado have legalized marijuana expect the highway death toll to drop even more. Yay Washington and Colorado!

Actvist1 commented on Wednesday, Nov 14, 2012 at 20:36 PM

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TommyMarin commented on Sunday, Dec 23, 2012 at 21:43 PM

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TommyMarin commented on Monday, Apr 22, 2013 at 02:10 AM

UNICEF Report Indicates That Decriminalizing Marijuana Reduces Youth Usage Rates
http://tinyurl.com/cnny5zt

MrTowlie commented on Monday, May 27, 2013 at 22:49 PM

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PaulScambot commented on Wednesday, Jun 19, 2013 at 17:58 PM

This isn't the first study to conclude this.

PaulScambot commented on Friday, Jun 21, 2013 at 17:16 PM

Booze kills, cannabis doesn't...

TommyMarin commented on Friday, Jun 21, 2013 at 17:40 PM

So does prohibition...

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BikerackIII commented on Saturday, Jun 22, 2013 at 19:55 PM

Ditto

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PaulScambot commented on Wednesday, Jul 17, 2013 at 18:02 PM

Stoned drivers are not dangerous drivers.

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Booze kills, pot chills.

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Uruguay's roads are about to get a lot safer.

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MrTowlie commented on Saturday, Nov 16, 2013 at 19:00 PM

People under the influence of mj tend to realize they are impaired while drunks think they're invincible. I can't count the times I've heard somebody who's been smoking marijuana say they were too high to drive and stayed home. I have never heard a drunk say that they were too drunk to drive. With them it's always "I'm fine, I can handle my liquor".

MrTowlie commented on Tuesday, Nov 19, 2013 at 16:07 PM

Up to 42 states may have medical marijuana laws by 2016. Things have really taken off since Holder has said the Feds will allow marijuana reform if done right.
http://tinyurl.com/k9z5ltu

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MrTowlie commented on Tuesday, Sep 02, 2014 at 21:57 PM

The Democratic Party of Oregon supports marijuana legalization...

http://tinyurl.com/pbns6ev

The California Democratic Party has officially called for the legalization of marijuana...

http://tinyurl.com/k56xcb6

MrTowlie commented on Friday, Sep 05, 2014 at 19:23 PM

"Marijuana opponents claim that cops aren’t really focused on enforcing marijuana prohibition, so that marijuana legalization isn’t needed. That claim is blatantly false. Quite a bit of resources are dedicated towards busting people for marijuana in Oregon. These same resources could go towards fighting real crime, but they are instead directed towards enforcing a failed, harmful, racist policy."
by Johnny Green

http://tinyurl.com/muuedtx

MrTowlie commented on Saturday, Sep 06, 2014 at 14:08 PM

"According to the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment, marijuana use among Colorado teens has gone down slightly since the state legalized recreational cannabis use in 2012."

http://tinyurl.com/ohdy5om

MrTowlie commented on Sunday, Sep 07, 2014 at 17:33 PM

Marijuana Legalization Supported By A Growing Majority Of Americans

http://tinyurl.com/l9zjna6

MrTowlie commented on Wednesday, Sep 10, 2014 at 00:54 AM

"Colorado roadway fatalities are down 25 percent this year from last year, and also down from the 13-year average, Washington Post reports, in another damning debunking of law enforcement officials ‘drugged driving’ epidemic."

http://tinyurl.com/kowbzmb

MrTowlie commented on Wednesday, Sep 10, 2014 at 13:11 PM

"Review papers debunk side effects, danger of marijuana usage"

http://tinyurl.com/okzapx9

"Officer Tried to Have Oral Intercourse With 12-year-old Orphaned Boy"

http://tinyurl.com/m2y8sb2

MrTowlie commented on Sunday, Sep 14, 2014 at 19:48 PM

Myth: Oregon Police Resources Aren’t Spent On Marijuana Enforcement

http://tinyurl.com/muuedtx

MrTowlie commented on Thursday, Jan 15, 2015 at 13:57 PM

"Federal Drug Agency Denies Marijuana Is Less Toxic Than Alcohol"

http://tinyurl.com/n62mwg3

TommyMarin commented on Monday, Jan 19, 2015 at 23:25 PM

California in 2016!

MrTowlie commented on Thursday, Jan 22, 2015 at 13:50 PM

Kamala Harris for senator in 2016, Gavin Newsom for governor in 2014!

*smiles*

http://tinyurl.com/mx4b5za

MrTowlie commented on Thursday, Jan 22, 2015 at 21:54 PM

Kamala Harris for senator in 2016, Gavin Newsom for governor in 2018!

*smiles*

http://tinyurl.com/mx4b5za

MrTowlie commented on Tuesday, Feb 03, 2015 at 14:56 PM

"The Impact Of Smoking Marijuana Regularly On Your Lungs, According To Science"

"“Lifetime marijuana use up to 20 joint-years is not associated with adverse changes in spirometric (exhalation strength) measures of lung health,” the study, featured in the medical journal Annals of the American Thoracic Society, concluded...“The distinction the Emory University study makes is not new,” Allen St. Pierre, executive director of the National Organization to Reform Marijuana Laws, told ThinkProgress. “It’s ripe with citations from Donald Tashkin who has spent more than 40 years trying to answer the question of what happens to people when they smoke tobacco and marijuana. This new study took things further; today these products aren’t being smoked [in a way] that the product is carbonized and there’s ash."

http://tinyurl.com/pforwya

MrTowlie commented on Tuesday, Feb 17, 2015 at 11:07 AM

"Florida Legislation would Legalize Medical Marijuana, Effectively Nullify Federal Prohibition"

http://tinyurl.com/lj7yjtm

MrTowlie commented on Thursday, Mar 19, 2015 at 13:12 PM

"Poll: 61 Percent Of Americans Want Marijuana Legalization, Smashing Previous Records"

http://tinyurl.com/kbg4dtp

MrTowlie commented on Thursday, Mar 19, 2015 at 17:59 PM

"No, marijuana use doesn’t lower your IQ"

http://tinyurl.com/ocdpjtx

MrTowlie commented on Tuesday, Apr 07, 2015 at 02:07 AM

"Marijuana Bill Gains Cosponsors in House and Senate"

http://tinyurl.com/k49wjn3

MrTowlie commented on Saturday, Apr 11, 2015 at 12:19 PM

"I Thought Legalizing Pot Would Be a Disaster. But It Turned Out To Be Wonderful."

http://tinyurl.com/kgkb2oh

MrTowlie commented on Thursday, Apr 16, 2015 at 12:05 PM

U.S. Legalization of Marijuana Has Hit Mexican Cartels’ Cross-Border Trade

http://tinyurl.com/o77rjus

MrTowlie commented on Wednesday, Apr 22, 2015 at 17:15 PM

"No, legalizing medical marijuana doesn’t lead to crime, according to actual crime stats"

http://tinyurl.com/lr7k7rf

MrTowlie commented on Monday, Apr 27, 2015 at 11:32 AM

"Arizona Supreme Court: Medical Marijuana Use is Allowed on Probation"

http://tinyurl.com/n9425v4

MrTowlie commented on Tuesday, Apr 28, 2015 at 13:01 PM

"Confessions Of A Pot-Smoking Police Officer, Firefighter And Youth Pastor"

http://tinyurl.com/ncanb67

MrTowlie commented on Wednesday, May 06, 2015 at 11:53 AM

"Denver Police Use Twitter To Send A Supportive Message To Marijuana Users At The 4/20 Rally"

http://tinyurl.com/kkchafg

MrTowlie commented on Sunday, May 17, 2015 at 07:14 AM

"Foes Of Marijuana Legalization Can't Like These New Numbers"

http://tinyurl.com/qx7pno5

MrTowlie commented on Monday, May 18, 2015 at 12:49 PM

Pew Poll: "Support For Legalization Is Rapidly Outpacing Opposition"

"Fifty-three percent of respondents support legalization. Forty-four percent of respondents oppose the idea and three percent are undecided. "Support for marijuana legalization is rapidly outpacing opposition," pollsters opined, acknowledging that Americans' support for legalizing marijuana has risen some 10 percentage points over the past five years. Pollsters further acknowledged that legalization supporters are more likely than opponents to say that they have changed their minds on the issue in recent years."

http://tinyurl.com/mmmm8rj

"Supporters of legalization more likely than opponents to have changed minds."

"Among the public overall, 30% say they support legalizing marijuana use and have always felt that way, while 21% have changed their minds; they say there was a time when they thought it should be illegal. By contrast, 35% say they oppose legalization and have always felt that way; just 7% have changed their minds from supporting to opposing legalization."

http://tinyurl.com/qgfcfdd

"GSS Poll: Majority of Americans Say Marijuana Should Be Legal"

"Fifty-two percent of respondents endorsed legalizing marijuana – an increase of nine percentage points since GSS pollsters asked the question in 2012. Forty-two percent of respondents said that they opposed the idea.

GSS pollsters have been tracking Americans’ views regarding marijuana legalization since the early 1970s. In 1990, only 16 percent of respondents backed legalizing the plant. The just-reported 2014 survey data marks the first time that the General Social Survey has ever reported majority support for legalizing cannabis.

Separate national surveys by both Gallup and the Pew Research Center, among others, have previously documented that most Americans now favor legalizing the plant."

http://tinyurl.com/mxuzvqn

"Americans' Support For Marijuana Legalization Reaches All-Time High In CBS Poll"

"A report released last month by the Democratic-affiliated Benenson Strategy Group and SKDKnickerbocker found 61 percent of Americans in favor of legalization -- some of the highest support for marijuana legalization to date. Earlier this year, General Social Survey, widely regarded as the most authoritative source when it comes to researching public opinion, found 52 percent of Americans in support of legalization."

http://tinyurl.com/lkmmo2v

*WINK*

MrTowlie commented on Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 20:45 PM

"The Drug Czar is Required by Law to Lie"

http://tinyurl.com/yekcpvf


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