Traffic Fatalities and Crash Rates with Cannabis Use - Email Your Representative

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Dear Representative: [INSERT NAME],

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found when “adjusted for demographic variable of age, gender, and race/ethnicity the 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.” [1]

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.”[4]

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 adult use 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.[5]

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. [6]











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