Study shows medical marijuana laws reduce traffic deaths. Leads to lower consumption of alcohol

«Anderson noted that traffic deaths are significant from a policy standpoint.

“Traffic fatalities are an important outcome from a policy perspective because they represent the leading cause of death among Americans ages five to 34,” he said.

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.»

«”Although we make no policy recommendations, it certainly appears as though medical marijuana laws are making our highways safer,” Rees said.»

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2011-11/uocd-ssm112911.php

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