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December 1st, 2011
Two Seperate Studies Prove Pot Saves Lives

The passage of state medical-marijuana laws is associated with a subsequent drop in the rate of traffic fatalities, according to a newly released study by two university professors.

The study, by University of Colorado Denver professor Daniel Rees and Montana State University professor D. Mark Anderson, found that the traffic-death rate drops by nearly 9 percent in states after they legalize marijuana for medical use.

The researchers arrived at that figure, Rees said, after controlling for other variables such as changes in traffic laws, seat-belt usage and miles driven. The study stops short of saying the medical-marijuana laws actually causes the drop in traffic deaths.

"We were pretty surprised that they went down," Rees said Tuesday.

Rees said the main reason for the drop appears to be that medical-marijuana laws mean young people spend less time drinking and more time smoking cannabis.

Legalization of medical marijuana, the researchers report, is associated with a 12-percent drop in the alcohol-related fatal-crash rate and a 19-percent decrease in the fatality rate of people in their 20s, according to the study.

The study also found that medical- marijuana legalization is associated with a drop in beer sales.

"The result that comes through again and again and again is (that) young adults . . . drink less when marijuana is legalized and traffic fatalities go down," Rees said.

The study is sure to add fuel to a debate over the impacts of Colorado's medical-marijuana boom on traffic safety, which has embroiled cannabis advocates and law enforcement officials for more than a year.


  


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Get Pot Done - 2011-12-05
I work doing many things and hard at it at my job sites all over houma. Pot has been part of my life forever and never had any problems on it. My family has had problems with everything legal to use. Pot needs to be legal soon to put away with all the legal drugs.
by Kimboslice



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