With alcohol being one the leading causes for traffic deaths on the American road today… how would you feel about a substance, that when introduced decreased traffic fatalities between 10 and 11% the first year – and is much as 13% after the first four years? Well as it turns out, that’s exactly what the legalization of medicinal cannabis has accomplished for the communities who have chosen to embrace it.
Some may remember just a few short years ago, 2011 to be precise. A groundbreaking scientific study conducted by the astute researchers at the University of Colorado and Montana State University. This chronic study made the somewhat controversial conclusion that states which have legalized medicinal marijuana, have noted a dramatic reduction in alcohol-related deaths. Since that initial study was completed, two states, Washington and Colorado have outright legalized marijuana consumption for adult residents. As the outright legalization of marijuana becomes a national hot topic, the University of Chicago, who publish the Journal of Law and Economics, decided to update their increasingly relevant findings.
“The current study examines the relationship between the legalization of medical marijuana and traffic fatalities, the leading cause of death among Americans age 5 – 34. The first full year after coming into effect, legalization is associated with an 8 – 11% decrease in traffic fatalities. The impact of legalization on traffic fatalities involving alcohol is larger than estimated. Legalization is also associated with sharp decreases in the price of marijuana and alcohol consumption, which suggests that marijuana and alcohol are substitutes.”
Leading many to deduce that “the uncomfortable conclusion is that you’d rather have young adults smoking marijuana instead of drinking alcohol,” noted University of Colorado’s economist, Daniel Rees, who reluctantly conceded that “even I’m uncomfortable with it. That’s where the logic takes us.”
Facts are facts. And there is no reason to be “uncomfortable” with the truth. Americans have been lied to enough for the last 75+ years. Should the truth be allowed to leak out to the perpetually confused American public, countless lives could be saved annually on American roads. While no one should ever drive intoxicated, it’s a long-established fact that stoned drivers are better, safer and more likely to make it home than someone intoxicated on booze.