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There Could Be A Link Between Car Wrecks And Marijuana

There Could Be A Link Between Car Wrecks And Marijuanaā€¯

That finding came from a new report from the Highway Loss Data Institute and the organization claims the hike in these auto collisions is directly linked to marijuana. However, a study published in April 2017 found that driving under the influence of drugs is more fatal than drunk driving. "I have seen reports that report it as a marijuana incident even if the person that was not at fault was the one who tested positive for THC", said Laura Subin, Vermont Coalition to Regulate Marijuana.

Clearly, more research would help. Since it only investigated collision claims with insurers, crashes kept off the books are obviously not included. "During the study period, Nevada and Montana permitted medical use of marijuana, Wyoming and Utah allowed only limited use for medical purposes, and Idaho didn't permit any use".

A report in 2014 by Colorado's transportation department revealed that 84 out of 864 drivers who were involved in fatal vehicle accidents tested positive for marijuana, while more than third of 488 fatal crashes involved alcohol. "We see strong evidence of an increased crash risk in states that have approved recreational marijuana sales". The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has started a large case-control study in OR to see how legal cannabis affects the risk of injuries in collisions. It's the first one the group has conducted since the drug went on sale legally.

A study released Thursday shows a possible link between marijuana use and vehicle crashes. All three states have legalized recreational weed: Washington and Colorado in 2012, and OR in 2015. It was 14 percent higher than neighboring states.

The University of Texas study looked at Washington and Colorado for its study, and examined data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Fatality Analysis Reporting System between 2009 and 2015.

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The study compared crash frequency before and after legalization and, using neighboring states as controls, found a almost 3% increase.

Colorado saw the biggest estimated increase in collision claims after retail marijuana sales began in Colorado.

While the numbers are a safety concern, it may also have an impact on drivers' wallets in those states.

The institute compared collision claims before and after legalisation, with collision claim rates of comparable states where marijuana is still illegal, to determine whether collision rates are higher than they would be if recreational use was still illegal.

The American Journal of Public Health study "Crash Fatality Rates After Recreational Marijuana Legalization in Washington and Colorado", by Jayson D. Aydelotte (MD), Lawrence H. Brown (PhD), Kevin M. Luftman (MD), Alexandra L. Mardock (BA), Pedro G.R. Teixeira (MD), Ben Coopwood (MD) and Carlos V.R. Brown (MD), is much more straightforward.



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