So, I keep hearing about deadly crashes declining in states with medicinal cannabis laws. Reading about it, too. As I did just the other day. So, I was thinking, Blog dude! Blog fodder!
And here we are.
There’s this outfit called the Institute for the Study of Labor. It’s an international organization home ported in Bonn Germany. They go by “IZA.” They published a 2011 paper (No. 6112) titled, Medical Marijuana Laws, Traffic Fatalities, and Alcohol Consumption. Granted, the study only encompasses three states, Montana, Vermont and Rhode Island, but…
They say the numbers indicate with the passage of the medicinal laws adult use of cannabis rose in two of the three states. They didn’t however, see a rise in use by minors. So far so good, eh?
But we’re talking about people dying in car crashes. Not who – or isn’t – using cannabis. Then again, maybe we are. Stay with me here.
In those states beers sales dropped a little over 5%.
Traffic fatalities dropped about 9%.
The study itself reads there could be a number of factors involved. Many folks go (drive) to the bar to socialize and knock back a few. Public cannabis smoking is generally a no-no, so do many of those folks stay home (no driving here) to indulge in a bit of the dank?
Now, I’m no proponent of getting behind the wheel of anything while loaded up, but the study does touch on the different aspects of impairment when it comes to being under the influence of cannabis or alcohol.
For whatever reason, in this study we find three states with medicinal cannabis laws and a dramatic drop in car crash fatalities. Yeah, I’d call it a rather limited look. I’d like to see all 18 states put under the microscope. They call that science. Or statistics. Or statistical science. Or something.
You wanna read the thing yourself? Be my guest.