Traffic fatalities on a high after cannabis legalizationLast Updated: Saturday, February 9, 2019
(Science Daily, February 5) In states where recreational marijuana was legalized, deadly car crashes temporarily increased, according to a new study from Australia’s Monash University.
Researchers examined data from Colorado, Washington, Oregon, and nine nearby jurisdictions from 2009-2016.
The spike lasted about a year after the state changed their laws.
"The results suggest that legalizing the sale of cannabis for recreational use can lead to a temporary increase in traffic fatalities in legalizing states,” Monash University’s Dr. Tyler Lane said.
“This spills over into neighboring jurisdictions through cross-border sales, trafficking, or cannabis tourists driving back to their state of residence while impaired.” Read more.