Tell House Leaders Cannabis Reduces Traffic Fatalities

A flurry of bills have been introduced with different content. Our mission is to continue educating legislators that cannabis is medicine, is safe, and reduces traffic fatalities and crashes.


Please contact the leadership again and share some of the facts below:

Kristin Baker, MD: (919) 733-5861; [email protected] – Physician

John R. Bell, IV: (919) 715-3017; [email protected] – Business Development

William D. Brisson: (919) 733-5772; [email protected] – Farmer

Jimmy Dixon: (919) 715-3021; [email protected] – Farmer

Destin Hall: (919) 733-5931; [email protected] – Attorney

Jon Hardister: (919) 733-5191; [email protected] – Marketing

Kelly Hastings: (919) 715-2002; [email protected] – Realtor

Brenden H. Jones: (919) 733-5821; [email protected] – Small Business Owner

Donny Lambeth: (919) 733-5747; [email protected] – Consultant

Jeffrey McNeely: (919) 733-5661; [email protected] – Owner Trucking

Tim Moore, Speaker: (919) 733-3451; [email protected] – Attorney

Larry Potts: (919) 715-0873; [email protected] – Real Estate Inv., Contractor

Wayne Sasser: (919) 733-5908; [email protected] – Pharmacist, Medical Pharmacy

Larry C. Strickland: (919) 733-5849; [email protected] – Real Estate App., Farmer

John Szoka: (919) 733-9892; [email protected] – Mortgage Lender

John A. Torbett: (919) 733-5868; [email protected] – Legislator

Donna McDowell White: (919) 733-5605; [email protected] – Nurse

Fewer Traffic Fatalities and Crashes

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found when “adjusted for demographic variables of age, gender, and race/ethnicity the significant increased risk of crash involvement associated with THC disappeared. This means there was no increased risk of crash involvement found over alcohol or drug free drivers.”

A 2015 study reported in Journal of Law and Economics found that in the first full year after cannabis legalization, there was an 8–11 percent decrease in traffic fatalities.

The American Journal of Public Health explored traffic data from 1985 to 2014 and compared states with and without operational dispensaries. The researchers found that medical marijuana states had a decrease on average of 10.8% traffic fatality rates than in cannabis prohibition states.

A 2016 study reported in Journal of Applied Toxicology, using a driving simulator, found that cannabis was associated with slower driving and greater headway, suggesting a possible awareness of impairment and attempt to compensate. 

The American Journal on Addiction reported that, “unlike drivers under the influence of alcohol, drivers who have used marijuana tend to overestimate their impairment and may try to compensate by driving more slowly and increasing the following distance.”

The American Journal of Public Health found that vehicle crash fatality rates for Washington and Colorado were similar to those for the control states vs. states with recreational marijuana legalization. In other words, three years after adult-use marijuana legalization, changes in motor vehicle crash fatality rates were not statistically different from those in similar states without adult-use marijuana.

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