Legalizing Pot Not Linked to Increase in Traffic Deaths

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Legalizing pot for recreational or medical purposes is not connected with an uptick in traffic deaths, according to another study released this month.

Kansas State University graduate student Andrew Young looked at statistics on average traffic deaths over 23 decades and employed two models to estimate the effect of cannabis reform on street safety.

“Legalizing pot isn’t regarded as a statistically significant predictor of fatality rates,” he reasoned. “This finding means that the legalization of marijuana to both recreational and medical purposes isn’t correlated with either a decrease or increase in deaths per 100,000 vehicle miles traveled.”

After running a regression analysis that turned up no signs that state legalization attempts lead to an increase or reduction in traffic deaths, Young employed a difference-in-difference model to evaluate the traffic fatality rates in lawful cannabis nations and control conditions. The more tailored investigation covered an eight-year deadline, beginning five years prior to the nation question legalized marijuana.

No definite tendencies emerged out of this investigation.

The deadly car accident rate was substantially greater in Colorado compared to Georgia and Iowa in 2001, but that fad began occurring before clinical cannabis legalization and leveled from 2003.

“The outcomes of the analysis imply that there’s no mathematically [significant] connection between marijuana legalization and deadly crashes,” Young composed . “These findings imply that concerns of policy makers and the people that legalizing marijuana will worsen road safety aren’t completely based.”

“According to this difference-in-differences version, the new upward trend of traffic fatality rates nationally isn’t a consequence of medical marijuana legalization. In reality, that the legalization of marijuana isn’t regarded as a predictor of traffic fatalities,” he wrote.

The principal limitation of this research, which hasn’t yet been printed in a peer reviewed journal, concerns countries where cannabis was hailed for adult usage. The sample size, at least in contrast to medical marijuana conditions, means that the analysis may not have managed to”fully gauge the effect of recreational cannabis on traffic security.”

Nevertheless, the findings reveal those of several previous studies which have failed to recognize a statistically significant relationship between legalizing pot and street security.

Another recent study also debunked the myth that traffic injuries spike over the cannabis vacation 4/20.