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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 Monday, Apr 22, 2013 at 02:10 AM

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

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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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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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