Fatal Car Accidents Decrease in States Where Medical Marijuana is Legal

By Jonah Spangenthal-Lee December 8, 2011

A new study says traffic fatalities fell nearly 10 percent in states that legalized medical marijuana.

The study, conducted by professors from universities in Colorado and Montana, analyzed 19 years of traffic fatality data, and found a nine percent overall decrease in fatal collisions in states which allow medical marijuana use.

Prior to legalization, alcohol related fatalities were stable, the study says, but then dropped, "most likely to due to [medical marijuana's] impact on alcohol consumption."

According to the study, beer sales fell in states where medical marijuana was legalized. Coincidentally, stoned drivers performed better than drunk drivers in driving simulations related to the study, which says they "reduce their velocity, avoid risky maneuvers, and increase their 'following distances'."

In grimmer medical marijuana news, several medical pot users were apparently targeted in two robberies in South Seattle over the last week.

In the first incident on December 1, a police report says a man purchased medical marijuana on Rainier Ave. S. and S. Hanford St. and walked to a nearby store to buy beer.

Two men wearing bandannas and carrying handguns confronted the victim on the street, and stole his pot, and fled. The man told police he believed the suspects had parked their car across the street from the dispensary, and followed him for several blocks before they robbed him.

Three days later, on December 4, another armed robber confronted a man near Rainier Ave. S. and S. Adams St., told him "gimme your weed," and threatened to shoot him. The suspect lost 14 grams of medical marijuana in the robbery, a report says.
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