Report: Medical Marijuana Laws Reduced Traffic Fatalities

January 16th, 2012 by admin Leave a reply »

States that legalized the medical use of marijuana have had a drop in deadly automobile crashes, suggesting that some people who would otherwise drive drunk and kill someone are smoking weed instead, according to research by three economists.

It’s not clear if the would-be drunken drivers are high behind the wheel with less deadly results, or if they’re simply not driving.

The research by professors at the University of Colorado-Denver, Montana State University and the University of Oregon looked at traffic deaths from 1990 to 2009 in all 50 states, including the 16 that passed medical marijuana laws.