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Driving and MMJ!

Discussion in 'Medical Marijuana Usage and Applications' started by Storm Crow, Nov 29, 2011.

  1. #1 Storm Crow, Nov 29, 2011
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    Study shows medical marijuana laws reduce traffic deaths (news – 2011)
    Study shows medical marijuana laws reduce traffic deaths

    Study shows medical marijuana laws reduce traffic deaths

    Leads to lower consumption of alcohol

    \tDENVER (Nov. 29, 2011) – 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.

    \t"Our research suggests that the legalization of medical marijuana reduces traffic fatalities through reducing alcohol consumption by young adults," said Daniel Rees, professor of economics at the University of Colorado Denver who co-authored the study with D. Mark Anderson, assistant professor of economics at Montana State University.

    \tThe researchers collected data from a variety of sources including the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, and the Fatality Analysis Reporting System.

    \tThe study is the first to examine the relationship between the legalization of medical marijuana and traffic deaths.

    \t"We were astounded by how little is known about the effects of legalizing medical marijuana," Rees said. "We looked into traffic fatalities because there is good data, and the data allow us to test whether alcohol was a factor."

    \tAnderson noted that traffic deaths are significant from a policy standpoint.

    \t"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.

    \tThe 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.

    \tThe economists noted that simulator studies conducted by previous researchers suggest that drivers under the influence of alcohol tend to underestimate how badly their skills are impaired. They drive faster and take more risks. In contrast, these studies show that drivers under the influence of marijuana tend to avoid risks. However, Rees and Anderson cautioned that legalization of medical marijuana may result in fewer traffic deaths because it's typically used in private, while alcohol is often consumed at bars and restaurants.

    \t"I think this is a very timely study given all the medical marijuana laws being passed or under consideration," Anderson said. "These policies have not been research-based thus far and our research shows some of the social effects of these laws. Our results suggest a direct link between marijuana and alcohol consumption."

    \tThe study also examined marijuana use in three states that legalized medical marijuana in the mid-2000s, Montana, Rhode Island, and Vermont. Marijuana use by adults increased after legalization in Montana and Rhode Island, but not in Vermont. There was no evidence that marijuana use by minors increased.

    \tOpponents of medical marijuana believe that legalization leads to increased use of marijuana by minors. *

    \tAccording to Rees and Anderson, the majority of registered medical marijuana patients in Arizona and Colorado are male. In Arizona, 75 percent of registered patients are male; in Colorado, 68 percent are male. Many are under the age of 40. For instance, 48 percent of registered patients in Montana are under 40.

    \t"Although we make no policy recommendations, it certainly appears as though medical marijuana laws are making our highways safer," Rees said.

    \tThe study is entitled, "Medical Marijuana Laws, Traffic Fatalities, and Alcohol Consumption." It can be found at: IZA - Daniel I. Rees

    \tThe University of Colorado Denver offers more than 120 degrees and programs in 13 schools and colleges and serves more than 28,000 students. CU Denver is located on the Denver Campus and the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, Colo.

    Granny :wave:

  2. this is bullshit, i have alot alot of friends in denver and the laws on driving under the influce are so lame. .04 bac and you get a duai (driving while ability impaired)? really? one stank ass bud light and i get a dui basically? now they came out with these laws on driving while ripped. at the same time denver is the capital of mmj, makes zero sense

  3. There haven't been any laws created for marijuana.
    I'm thinking you're referring to the THC level rule when
    driving they were pushing, but that got completely
    knocked down because there's no scientific evidence
    on "limits" regarding THC.

    Plus, there's a lot of drinkers out here...we have beer
    brewery's everywhere. Regardless, your BAC should be
    .00 whenever you're driving.
  4. every time i drive high and get stopped at a stop light i think "red, yellow (gold), and green"
    "traffic laws make sense. i shall follow them and drive safely. thank you traffic light. stay high traffic light"
  5. Sometimes I wonder what the world might look like right after mj legalization. I know that cannabis doesn't have near the same intoxicating effects of alcohol. But if you have little to no experience with weed, and smoke a bunch, you should not jump into your car and drive to Mickey D's after ripping your first bong. I am afraid there will be some newbies that make us look bad right off the bat. There is so much misinformation out there, but what the hell can you do if most people wont READ anything.
  6. while I've driven before while stoned and was way more cautious than not stoned I still get paranoid. I still have this feeling that it is wrong. I won't drive stoned anymore
  7. I love Montana... we have the worst DUI rates in the country :eek:
  8. like it

    hope well

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