Traffic deaths: leading cause of death among Americans ages 5 to 34.
December 1, 2011 1:54 PM Subscribe
Study shows medical marijuana laws reduce traffic deaths.
'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.' 'The study is the first to examine the relationship between the legalization of medical marijuana and traffic deaths.'
'Daniel Rees, professor of economics at the University of Colorado Denver 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.'
The strong implication being that the effect is through young people substituting alcohol for marijuana. Yet, how to square that with a new study suggesting that Legalizing Medical Marijuana Does Not Increase Use Among Youth
'“Although we make no policy recommendations, it certainly appears as though medical marijuana laws are making our highways safer,” Rees said.'